Went fishing yesterday with my friend Jacob. We traveled down to my strip pits for some bass fishing. The weather was warm, calm, and somewhat overcast. We fished with top water poppers, some crankbaits, and plastic worms. Had success on all of them. I was having better success using darker worms in deeper banked water. I used Culprit purple worms, Texas Rig method. The top water worked in shallow areas.
Sidenote: I also have to shout out to the Shimano Caenen baitcast reel. It has been one of the best reels I have owned. Smooth retrieve and easy to use with respect to the drag (see below). I also recommend flourocarbon fishing line. I was using Berkley Vanish, but I am not too particular. Flourocarbin does not give/stretch like monofiliment line. It offers a better feel and hook setting ability on longer casts.
All being tallied, we probably caught 50 fish between us. We didn’t keep any. If we did, we’d be cleaning fish for 2 hours.
The interesting behavior we saw were the multiple fish attacking the baits. In this Photo, Jacob landed a double on the same lure. He was using a crawfish crankbait.
Look Ma, I got 2
This multiple fish battle was happening quite a bit when retrieving a hooked fish. We did not always landing double fish, but you saw the other fish following and attacking. It was fun to watch.
The fish were so active that I kept missing fish on plastic worms and having to redo my texas rig with a new worm. I was going back to the same hole trying to catch something and finally caught a bass. As I was landing him/her, the bass spit up one of the worms I lost in the previous casts. Now that’s an aggressive fish.
I landed a 4.5 lb fish and this monster wasn’t the first fish I hooked on that same retrieve. I actually had a smaller fish on then saw this larger attacking the smaller fish and lure. I felt the smaller fish on my retrieve then suddenly the pull of my rod got super heavy. A larger fish took the bait from the smaller fish (the smaller fish got off).
I knew I had something big, but not sure how big. My rod was bending and I had to manipulate my drag on the reel to allow some line out. The big Bass made a couple runs. In my experience, summer bass will make 2 hard runs away (or jump) and you can then land them. The fight didn’t last long, maybe 2 minutes and got the big ‘un in the boat.
4.5 lb Largemouth