I've been fortunate enough to be on the water three of the last four days. Saturday was a solo trip, Sunday with the boys, hitting a creek mouth, and today I took two Confidence Baits customers, Jed and Larry. A quick list of highlights: Larry's personal best today on a jerk bait (was a double with Jed). A flurry of 5 fish 18 inches or better in less than forty minutes late on Sunday. The boys each got to reel in a few. Lot's of good underwater footage today in the grass beds - crawfish all over them! And I got to practice hook removal from Larry's leg. I embedded a treble hook from a Pointer 100 in the side of his calf. Chad's trick with tripled up monofilament did the trick with minimal bleeding and teeth mashing. Here come the pics, then a summary of patterns working now.
An 18 incher from my solo trip on Saturday. Hit a Little Tube in clear water near the bank.
One of many caught with the boys on Sunday afternoon on Little Tubes.
The largest of the last few days, a 19.25 incher that cleared 4 lbs.
Jedediah's thick 19 incher that hit a jerkbait today.
Larry's personal best 18.5 incher was part of a double. We returned to the spot where Jed caught his 19 early in the day, they both launched the first cast in at the same time, and both hook up. Should make for an incredible episode and part of the Spring DVD.
Little Tubes sitting still in CLEAR water on bedrock or chunk rock. Saturday started slow, but late in the day, I managed to catch a few in the 17 to 18 inch range by doing very little with a Little Tube in clear water. Toss it in and let them happen upon it. That day I tried a little bit of everything. This was the only thing that worked.
The Little Tube also worked wonders in a creek mouth, again with super clear water on Sunday afternoon with the boys. There were anglers and fish EVERYWHERE in this creek, but no body was catching. We didn't get the first until late in the day. Launch the tube out at a great distance, let it sit for minutes and they would find it and eat it. This accounted for about a dozen fish, five of which were 18 inches or better.
Because I struggled so on Saturday, I played phone tag with Mike. He and his crew did very well upstream in somehow more stained water with suspending jerk baits ripped hard with two second pauses near current seams. I tried it on Saturday along with several other tactics including rattle traps, cranks, spinnerbaits, jigs and other assorted soft plastics on Draggin' Heads. I can't tell you how or why the jerkbait thing worked so well for him miles upstream on the same river, but I couldn't get them to buy it where I was. But on Tuesday morning, I got it to work in a big way with Jed and Larry. The better fish came from eddies caused by submerged grass beds that were less than obvious. There were plenty of scrub islands to fish, but with the lower water they preferred the more subtle current breaks. They were typically near current seams when they hit.
OK, need to hit the rack. Brent is joining me again tomorrow on the river! Yee-Haw! and Happy Spring everyone!