I've had a few nice trips over the past 3 weeks with Mr. Awesome with a lot of nice fish including countless 4 pounders and 4 over 5 pounds but I can't get another 6.
Some key factors played into finding the bigger fish and were true at every place.
We struggled at the first place which was in the immediate post spawn and could only catch some decent fish in deeper pads around bait. The bait was concentrated in certain spots and it was the only place we caught fish (pics 1 and 2).
The place in picture 3 was on the post spawn rebound. The fish were all over the bait but the water was really low. We found the deepest green weeds and caught a lot of solid 3-4 lb. fish pitching plastics and cranking. When the wind kicked up, the frog and buzzbait bite turned on. Even with 0 clouds and bright sun. It had to be a wind blown shoreline though. A Lucky Craft Sammy worked when the wind was lower.
Picture 4 and 5 was at a clear water place that's only about 8' deep max. It was a tough day figuring them out but once again, they were around bait and in the deepest part of the pong with green grass. Even though there was great looking pads, the biggest fish were offshore. The weather completely changed too. The first one was just over 5 in wind blown pads and the other was just under 6 at 5 lbs. 14 oz. in offshore weeds. At this point, there was 0 cloud cover and it sucked but all of the bigger fish were concentrated in this one area.
The last 2 were from shallow places with heavy cover. The fish were absolutely buried under some nasty stuff and we had to punch with 1 to 1.5 oz. weights. Both places suffered from weed kill and it concentrated the fish. The bigger fish were all in the cover that was in or around "deep" water as in 6" to 1' deeper than the rest of the same looking stuff. We also learned that those floating brush islands really are floating and the fish get right under them and don't move. You needed to drop bombs on them and gt a reaction strike. Same theme: bigger fish were in or around deeper water. The last one was another 5 lb 14 oz. hog that hit a 1 oz. punch set up and had to be ripped from under a floating island and thick cranberry bushes.
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