Took Sunday off, but was back at it yesterday. Caught 4 small Bass, but two slab Crappie. Finally got enough power to fish this big of a lake with an electric motor. Got a group of 29 battery to go with a group of 27 which will be the backup, and the group of 24 will remain the Garmin power supply. I stupidly bought the smallest battery first, but this now enables me to stay on the water all day, or all night come summer.
Today was just another hard to describe day. The importance of staying with a particular bait for as long as possible until you have that breakthrough has brought me my hottest three weeks of fishing. First it was the A-Rig, even though I had caught sporadic fish on it for the previous months of throwing it.
However I bought 6 high end blade baits because of TacticalBassin monkey, have thrown this since November, and caught ZERO fish. The main reason I've stuck with those two baits is because they meet two huge criteria of mine, Shad imitator, and must have a reputation for pulling big fish.
Well today it produced 20+ fish ranging from 1lb-5lb+, and sadly lost a no doubt trophy caliber fish. I can only guesstimate it being 7lb+ because it looked bigger and pulled 1000% harder than the 7lb I caught a few days back. Lots of 3s, a few 4s, and one 5lb+. The fattest 3lb Spot I've ever seen came off it as well. I watched videos on how to throw it, and that technique never worked, being a big fan of the Yo Yo retrieve as a Chatterbait guy, that's when all the magic happened. A parabola retrieve trying to avoid the bottom as much as possible vs. the gentle lift your rod tip and let the bait always come back to hit bottom. I'm trying to Vomit Comit this bait if you will.
Overall caught 30+ fish as I caught 2 on the A-Rig, and then at least 10 on the Flashback Mini but those were all fun sized.
The duality of fishing emotions is about as extreme as it gets, on one hand, I'll never forget a day like today, on the other hand I got literally nauseous after losing that fish, and to be honest I'm still kind of torn up about it. It was really a special fish, I've never had a fish squeal my newer Zillion drags. Just sucks, but what else am I going to do but fish harder as it's the only known cure. I doubt it was a DD fish, and that's the whole goal, has been my whole life. In August I said I'm going to singularly focus on accomplishing a childhood dream, my oldest dream I can remember....a DD from the lake I spent my childhood fishing. I'll fish this lake over 300days/1200hrs per yr. until that happens. I hope to give this thread and you guys a break from being my blog spot at that time as well lol.
Couple of the beautiful Spots
Finally a few pics to show just how cartoonish fat 90% of them are....it makes me so happy to see it every time.