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Friday, July 23, 2010

• Off the pier 7-23-2010 - Because a 3 becomes a 4

Had a chance to fish a bit this morning, so I took advantage of the opportunity and killed a couple of hours casting the Scumfrog around. Hooked into three, but one came off. Missed two others.

First fish was a solid 4lb 1oz chunk of a bass. Thing is, this one was a runner. Haven't had one of those in a while. As soon as I set the hook, it made a run to the right and almost went behind a tree. Then it zipped left, putting me near another tree. Netted it on the second attempt. These fish lately all look more like 3lb fish, but they must be eating well because they are pushing the scale into the 4lb range. I am all of these fantastic fish. Voilà.

Next fish hit on the other side of the pier out along what I'm considering a thick edge of hydrilla at this point. I can't quite tell where the thick stuff begins and the submerged hydrilla begins. Anyway, the fish hammered the frog. It felt heavier than it really was, so I used a little too much gusto lifting it, creating an arc, causing the fish to swing towards the pier and underneath the edge. Came off right at that point. Looked to be about 1lb. At least I took a shot of the splash trail.

Next fish hit about the same. The cast is one I seldom make because it's at a strange angle, but I made it and found a bite. Dragged it up to the pier, but didn't take any chances. Netted that one. Glad I did too, because it flopped on me and spit out the frog. Weighed exactly 1lb.

Then I missed two fish a good distance away from the pier. First one just slipped off, but I had it hooked for a moment. The other one bit the same way, but something wasn't right with my line. Don't ask me what it was. I just didn't have a tight enough line to get a firm hookset. I felt the frog slide away from the fish and that was that.

By the way, the heat is still getting brutal around 9am. Can't wait for fall to start setting in. Then the fishing gets really good. All the other yahoos can go hunting. I'll take over the fishing side of things.


Mike said...

You might try either sharpening your hooks or trying a different kind. Generally, if you're setting hard and still losing fish to hooks, you can improve your catch rate by using sharper hooks.

BassFishingDem said...

I've thought about it, but there doesn't seem to be a definitive agreement out there on how to sharpen them or whether to do it to begin with. The thing is, with hollow body frogs, it may not matter. The plastic rides up the hook sometimes, pushing against the fish.

Nah. This is just topwater bass fishing. Goes with the territory. Sometimes you lose them.

Coloradocasters said...

Nice! Those are some sweet buckets and I kinda like the splash trail photo.

MDTolic said...

I strongly disagree. I run the hook sharpen down mt frog's hooks often.

In fact, I tied on a TS Scum Frog a few weeks ago; just because you use them so much. That thing was weak. Mine was old, way old, but never used and the hooks needed some honing pretty bad. I did not stick a fish until I sharpened them. I actually kept that lil' white bobber tied on for a week +. I caught a few but, wow, there are much better frogs out there man.

The RI Swamp Donkey is, by far, my favorite, but I can't let myself pay $30 for one on eBay now. I'm down to 1 and it's a prized possession. Only used for special outings. I picked up a few Mad Maxx frogs and I'm liking them better that the rest of the current batch. The Sumo Frog is in the running too.

Either way, get yourself a hook sharpener and I bet you notice a difference in your hook up percentage pretty fast.

P.S. To be fair, I checked out a SF in a shop the other day. I think the current design is different that the one I have. Good idea.

BassFishingDem said...

I guess that settles it then. I'll go back to researching reviews on hook sharpeners. Overall, I have not been impressed with what people have said about any of them.