As promised, I went back up to Gilmanton to do some more fishing this weekend. While the bass bite was not nearly as active as last weekend, I did manage to pull in a few decent Sawyer Lake bass, and a random Hornpout! The real story comes from this morning, when I headed back to Shellcamp pond expecting to tangle with some Chain Pickerel. While I never saw any Pickerel, I pulled in two bass, the second of which was the biggest bass of my life! I‚Äôm definitely adding Shellcamp to the rotation from now on!
While working my way up and down the damn, I would often keep my Jelly Worm in the water. On one occasion, this impromptu land-based trolling technique yielded a fish! Not much more than a tiny yellow perch.
As the sun fell on the first night, I was still playing around with a Texas rigged purple Jellyworm. While I was bouncing it along the bottom by the damn, I felt a solid bite. While I was reeling this "bass" in, I noticed that this particular fish was rolling. Odd, bass don't do that. I proceeded to pull up a 2 lb. hornpout! Odd to see one take a lure like that!
I caught a total of eight bass over the three days at Sawyer Lake, one dink bass the first night, three decent ones the next, and four the night after. All fish were caught on my standard rig, the first few on Berkley Power Worms, the rest on Mannís Jelly Worms. Dad was with me some nights, and caught two Bass himself.
The Bass pictured here is the biggest Bass of my life so far! 19 inches, almost enough to qualify for the NH catch and release trophy program. When I first hooked him, I thought I had bottom, until the bottom started pulling back!. A couple headshaking minutes later, and I pulled this beast into the kayak! I can't wait until next year for this fish to grow even more!
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