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Thursday, May 26, 2011

• Off the pier 5-26-2011 - When Owls Attack

Not much to report tonight. Made my first cast at around 7:15pm. Messed around in the duckweed for a while. Ended up missing one bite, catching one small bass, and an owl dove after my frog.

So, with the time change and the extended daylight hours, I was able to get out and fish off the pier for a little bit this evening. The magic hour has always been around 8pm, but tonight, I didn't have the energy to load the boat to fish open water until dark. The duckweed has filled in nicely lately and given my past success fishing a frog over the stuff, I could not resist giving it a go. I made multiple casts over the duckweed without much of anything taking a swipe at it.

The first hit came around some floating hyacinths and this bass wanted the frog so bad, it lunged twice at it. I missed the first hit and the second hit was more of a blind gulp than a precise strike. By the time the second hit came, I had already moved the frog too far away. A few casts later, I scared something about 10 feet from the pier and the V it created as it swam away told me it wasn't a very big fish.

A few casts later, I was working the frog a little slower, well aware that bass might be lurking closer to hyacinths and more prominent cover scattered among the duckweed. At that point, I still hadn't figured out if the bite would come with a fast or slow retrieve, but given my past success, slower has always been the better choice. At about the half-way point, an owl swooped in, eyeing my frog. It flew within six or seven feet of nabbing my lure, its talons already poised to snatch it right up. My gut reaction was to yank the frog as fast as I could toward me. As I took up the slack, the owl landed in a nearby tree and just stared at me like it hadn't done anything wrong. Innocent, right? Before I could snap a photo, it was gone. I've never had an owl take that much of an interest in a bait before. I've seen them watch me from the trees in the late evening hours, but they have never attacked my lure. I have read stories about eagles and other birds going after lures, so something like that is not unheard of.

Many casts later, I had a hit on the outer edge of some lily pads. The bass was small, so my hookset lifted the fish up out of the water and my 7:1 Patriarch allowed me to quickly get it in, skipping its body across the surface as I cranked. CPR'd it and went on fishing without any other bites.

I did try a Jitterbug with my 5:1 Curado, but aside from a couple gar slapping at it, no other fish wanted anything to do with me. I thought about throwing a buzzbait, but the low light conditions tend to mess with my depth perception. I was in no mood to mess with a lure stuck in a cypress tree, so I quit with the one fish.

At least I know what might be out there. A morning bite might yield better results.


MSPbass said...

I've had some giant turtles pop up to inspect a topwater, but those are sloooow; nothing like an owl! What would you have done if it grabbed your frog?

BassFishingDem said...

Exactly. I keep a pair of scissors in my tackle bag, but not on me. I probably would have tried pulling in a way so as to not drive the hook into its feet, if that is even possible. It might let go with some pressure. It might not. I'm not sure.

And I've hooked my fair share of turtles. They are a problem around the pier too, especially the big softshells. Those softshell turtles are not slow at all.