Met my friend Justin at Stump Pond in Westborough. This was the site of the MAFF kayak tournament two weeks ago at which I was summarily thumped, so I felt the need to revisit the site of my defeat to see if I could prepare myself for the next time. Arrived by 7AM and it was already Grand Central Station, I thought there must be another tournament on. The fog was as thick as peanut butter but I could make out the silhouettes of four or five boats within a 50 yards of the boat ramp. I launched my kayak and paddled around as Justin backed his boat down the ramp. Naturally I was casting and immediately was into a nice 2lb bass right off of the boat ramp using a black jitterbug. Justin went off to his favorite spot and I worked the boat ramp area for a while using a variety of lures but no more strikes. I then met up with Justin on the other side of the island and started fishing the stumps. It took a while but I finally got my second bass, a 1pounder on a white spinner bait. A while later I landed my third bass, a 1.5 pounder on the white spinner bait. Justin took off for home and I paddled toward the boat ramp castin' and crankin'. After a bit I had my fourth bass, a 2.5 pounder, on the same white spinner bait. I let her go, looked up and noticed a familiar looking boat. It was Pirougejoe a/k/a Rick Bradley. We chatted it up a bit and then I headed for land. It's fun to unexpectedly meet up with folks you know on the water. All in all a nice morning.
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