The party started out when my alarm rang at 5:15 in the morning. I had my gear loaded the night before, so just grabbed a few bananas for breakfast and stopped at Dunkin' D's for a coffee. There is no traffic at that time of day, so I got to the boat launch around 6 am, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Captain Kman, of the USS Northshore.
The captain arrived shortly thereafter and we packed up our vessel, and hit the lake. We had a slow start, trying to figure out what the fish were after on this particular day. The weather called for cloudy skies and possibly some rain, but as the sun rose, we found ourselves looking at a blue bird sky. This pond seems to be much better when the weather is cloudy, and even better when it is raining. The bite was slow to begin with, and we had our initial doubts, but within an hour, Kman boated a solid 3 lb 4 oz largemouth on a jig. Game on.
We continued fishing, getting bites here and there, boating a few fish in the 1-2 lb range. The worm bite was slow, so I switched over to a white spinnerbait. Shortly thereafter I had my first hit, and it was a good one. I could tell it was a good fish, but I couldn't see it and it wasn't surfacing. A few seconds later, we saw a flash of green pop out of the water; it was long and skinny. I thought it might be a monster pickerel, which is bittersweet; a huge fish on one hand, but a pain in the ass pickerel on the other. As I got the fish closer to the boat, we realized it was a big bass, as it took off away from us. I told the Captain to get the net, and he told me to shut up because we never bring a net. I remembered he was right and told him he better be ready to lip that pig, and he was. I got him close, Kman grabbed him and we weighed him in at 3 lbs 6 oz. Shortly after, another cast yielded a 2 lb 6 oz largemouth, also victim to the white spinnerbait.
The Captain was dead set on catching fish on Bitsy Bug jigs, and he was working them hard. I, myself, have never had much luck with jigs, but had been wanting to figure out how they work. Today turned out to be the perfect day to do so. Kman hit another 3 pounder on the jig, but refused a picture, because he is sneaky like that that and he said that 3 pounders weren't worth taking pictures of. He taught me the ways of the jig, and I worked on my technique, catching a few bass in the meantime, trying to keep up with the Captain's success on the jig.
After all these fish, I tired, and took a break around 11:35. At this point I made good friends with a dragonfly that landed on my hand and caused me stare at him for 5 minutes straight, very cool bug. After that, I caught a few more jig bass, and we saw a swimming squirrel. Who knew that squirrels swam?? Certainly not the two passengers on the USS Northshore! I had to take a picture to document the situation, and so that I could include it in the detailz of this trip.
We had a few more successful drifts through the lily pads that yielded my best largemouth on a jig, 3lbs 7 oz, and another solid one from Kman, in the mid 2 lb range. He didn't want a picture of it, but I took one anyway, so that trip wasn't all about the first mate (it's the one with a fish being held and no person in the background).
Got off the water around 1:30 and all in all, it was a successful day. USS Northshore ended up boating at least 30 bass, along with another 10-15 pickerel; the top 5 bass going in the 16 pound range, despite the fact that the weather wasn't what we've had our our best days in. After a long day of a slamming hogs, I went home and iced my joints and wrists and relaxed with a well earned cold beer.
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