Parking: No problem! Big Boat Traffic: No problem!
The action today was good for some and not as good for others. As he has done in the past, buffalo78 put together a strong day with, in the words of the FLW announcer, "A 5 bass limit!" Good to have a few newcomers on board, one of whom finished 2nd. Here are the results:
First of all Furnace is done for the year. They chemically treated the weeds yesterday. The wacky Senko defy produces there but you gotta get into the weeds for the bigger ones. That's just threw my experience there.
It took a few hrs for me to realize that nothing was gonna chase anything and I needed to slow it up. And when I say slow, I mean slow, monotanus, boring. As much as I hate to fish that way, it's the only reason I was able to weigh 3 fish in.
I probably spent about 80% of my time punching pads with a 1oz tungsten weight and zoom brush hog. One bite, nearly gave me a heart attack, but sadly no hookups, very disappointing. The pads looked GREAT for holding bass, 3-5 feet deep in many places with boundaries between different types of vegetation, the temperature was up there in the mid- to high-80s, and the deepest part of the pond was like 8 or 9 feet, so I really thought the cool, deep, thicker pads would produce, but... no luck. Tiny little bit of topwater action in the morning, but turned off by about 7:30am.
Also tried flipping and skipping some jigs under docks, but as Tom pointed out it was inevitable that I'd be fishing spots others had fished before. No takers there either.
Stratos would be proud that I never switched to the Senko, so you could say I was "learning," but hey fish is better than no fish so part of me felt like I should have Senk'd it up.
Joe's comment makes me think they must have been holding "deep" in the 5-8 foot water, maybe in some grass down there.
Moral of this one is to "listen to the fish" and learn to switch methods a little sooner -- didn't really listen to the fish this time, just kept plugging away at the punch setup. In hindsight I would have tried the deeper water with a buzzbait a bit sooner, certainly by 9 or 10am.
3 pounds 12 ounces. Rough day for me. Fish were very stingy. My sonar marked about 15 but they were lockjaw for me. Had my sonar mark its biggest target yet but I have a strong feeling it was a massive turtle. This was my only catch of the day.
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