Myself and my wife's uncle launched from the route 225 ramp on the Bedford/Carlisle line, and we were out on the river by 1:30. This time I took other anglers advice and turned south, under the bridge (towards Concord).
We first stopped a little way before the river starts to get narrow. My friend was fishing the phoebe and was having no luck. I first threw the top water ribbit frog (as usual), and no luck. I looked in my tackle box for answers and switched to a small rubber swim bait with a paddle tail and a weight. I maybe made 3 casts, and I caught a Calico Bass/Crappie. On my 5 cast, WHAM. Something hit the lure... The fight was on... Got the fish in, and it was a northern pike, the first one that I've ever caught. Thank god for the hook out tool, or I may have had some bloody fingers. The pike absolutely destroyed my rubber swim bait... rubber shreaded off the weight, and the pike snapped the hook. I didn't weigh the fish, but it was large.
We went further south towards Concord in the area where it gets narrow, and I switched to a small spinner with a head that immitates a shiner/bait fish. To make a long story short, I caught 4 more northern pike and 3 bass. The spinner seemed to be working. My friend eventually followed suit, and switched to a spinner. On his first cast he landed a nice bass, probably a 1.5 lbs. That was the largest bass of the day. The pike really seemed to be liking the spinners this day.
My usual lures didn't work all day long... I threw rubber worms, ribbit frog, heddon torpedo... and not even a strike! The spinner seemed to be what was getting the job done.
I had a blast out there and I can't wait to go back. I did get some video of one of the pike I caught. Here is the link, and it is also posted on my blog.
We showed up at the boat launch at 6:15 eager and ready to go with high ambitions for victory. We launched, and the go was given and we were off...
The next 8 hours, we did not catch a single keeper!! We tried throwing everything at them... topwater, spoons, soft baits, jigs, swimbaits... EVERYTHING. For our first tournament, we were a little demoralized.
We had one nice fish (estimated 2.5 lbs.), but lost it at the side of the boat. After that, we knew it just wasn't our day.
I did land a giant pickerel on a spoon... a monster. So the day wasn't a complete loss. Too bad it didn't count for the tournament. :-( Everything else we caught that day was less than 12 inches.
It was tough to roll a donut on our very first tournament, but we can only go up from here I suppose.
Oh well, "A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work."
I caught one fish all day... one largemouth bass on my first cast. It was about a pound. The next 5 hours, not even a bite! I caught the fish on the ribbit frog, so I stuck with that for most of the day. Switched to the rubber worm... no luck. Switched to a phoebe... nothing... I saw one guy pull in a nice carp, another guy pull in a northern pike... but they just weren't biting my line. It's my first time fishing in the Concord River, so I don't know where the hot spots are. I will surely go back and have some better luck next time.
I go here a a lot. I never usually have a 'limit' day, but I usually put 1-2 big fish in the boat a day. This day was no exception... I caught the biggest bass I ever caught on the Ribbit frog top water lure. The bass was caught in maybe 3 feet of water next to a dock with a pontoon boat tied up to it. I couldn't believe the size of this fish. MASSIVE. I didn't know that there were fish that large in that lake.
Chris on Lake Casitas My friend from CA sent me this... he caught this about 40 minutes north of LA. He claims it was a 9 lb'er... I hope he is this lucky on Knopps!!! 09/21/10 09:40 PM
5.1 lb bass from Massapoag Caught on ribbit frog in 3 foot of water near a dock. Biggest fish I ever caught... I had no idea fish that big were in this lake. I have been fishing here since I was a kid.
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