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Preytorien

T'was a BassMaster kind of day

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I didn't have much time to fish today. I had some plans tonight that limited how long I could be out. I decided to maximize my time, forego the kayak, and do some bank walking at a favorite large-ish pond near my house. 

 

Typically the suggestions I read in BassMaster seem to never work for me. It's a national publication but the majority of their target audience enjoys earlier springs than we do here in Indiana, thus a good portion of their content is directed that way. But today I actually had a day that followed their suggestions to a tee, and get this....it worked!

 

It was sunny most of the day. A slight wind from the south/southwest put a ripple on the water. Runoff stained the water and made visibility about two feet. Based on what I had read time and time again is that dirty water warms faster, north shores see more sunlight and warm faster, so use something that will appeal to a warmed up bass looking for a quick meal in the warm shallow shorelines. I tied on a couple different lures, some soft plastics and an eighth ounce jig, neither enticed anything to take a swipe. Then I pulled out a Duo Realis 48SR in a bluegill pattern, a common forage in this pond. Whammo, the first cast saw the first fish and the rest of the day blew my mind. I walked the long north shore and caught one after another, at one point landing three fish in three casts, something almost unheard of for me this time of year. In all, in the hour and a half I was given, I landed 19 nice sized bass, and the time was even less given the fast that I didn't try the shallow crank until about thirty minutes into fishing, so 19 in approximately 60-70 minutes.

 

Unreal.

 

The most amazing thing wasn't the number I caught, that was a blast of course, it was that I brought out a tried and true technique anglers all over the country can attest to, and it simply clicked today. It felt like a well oiled machine. To quote Col. Smith: "I love it when a plan comes together!"

 

Never again will I underestimate the suggestions given by those who have fished much more than me, and who possess such a wealth of knowledge found here on BR.

 

Tight Lines and Bent Rods!

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Sweet ~

Sounds like a Killer Trip.

Congrats

A-Jay

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Good for you man! The best part about this is that you may have just uncovered a very reliable, early season pattern that can work for you every year. I used to struggle in early, cold water untill we figured out this early season pattern that is just unvelievable. Now, every year just after ice out, we can hammer them on this pattern for about 3 weeks. The bite is crazy and very, very reliable. Log it in the memory banks!

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Congratulations on a great outing.  That's a good way to kick start the season.

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:ok-wink:

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9 hours ago, Preytorien said:

I didn't have much time to fish today. I had some plans tonight that limited how long I could be out. I decided to maximize my time, forego the kayak, and do some bank walking at a favorite large-ish pond near my house. 

 

Typically the suggestions I read in BassMaster seem to never work for me. It's a national publication but the majority of their target audience enjoys earlier springs than we do here in Indiana, thus a good portion of their content is directed that way. But today I actually had a day that followed their suggestions to a tee, and get this....it worked!

 

It was sunny most of the day. A slight wind from the south/southwest put a ripple on the water. Runoff stained the water and made visibility about two feet. Based on what I had read time and time again is that dirty water warms faster, north shores see more sunlight and warm faster, so use something that will appeal to a warmed up bass looking for a quick meal in the warm shallow shorelines. I tied on a couple different lures, some soft plastics and an eighth ounce jig, neither enticed anything to take a swipe. Then I pulled out a Duo Realis 48SR in a bluegill pattern, a common forage in this pond. Whammo, the first cast saw the first fish and the rest of the day blew my mind. I walked the long north shore and caught one after another, at one point landing three fish in three casts, something almost unheard of for me this time of year. In all, in the hour and a half I was given, I landed 19 nice sized bass, and the time was even less given the fast that I didn't try the shallow crank until about thirty minutes into fishing, so 19 in approximately 60-70 minutes.

 

Unreal.

 

The most amazing thing wasn't the number I caught, that was a blast of course, it was that I brought out a tried and true technique anglers all over the country can attest to, and it simply clicked today. It felt like a well oiled machine. To quote Col. Smith: "I love it when a plan comes together!"

 

Never again will I underestimate the suggestions given by those who have fished much more than me, and who possess such a wealth of knowledge found here on BR.

 

Tight Lines and Bent Rods!

great day!!! that's always fun when you win!!!:D

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Nice trip, man! 

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Great trip Congrats

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5 hours ago, Paul Roberts said:

Pow! :)

 

Water depth you were fishing over?

 

 

The majority of the bites came about 10-15 offshore, and the water was about 3-4ft deep

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