Not one, not two, but three small mouth crashed the surface poppers this morning for Ben and Eric. They also caught numerous bluegill and other fish and lost a fourth small mouth when it jumped. These fish are so much fun with their aerial somersaults.
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I took out Miller and his parents Rick and India today. When Miller is a famous fisherman on the Bass Masters trail, we'll look back at these photos. He was a heck of a fisherman. Here are two of his better ones.
The white bass are biting very well lately. Here is Jason with a 3 pound white bass. Jason, Tom, and Christine also caught crappie, yellow perch, and some large mouth bass.
The white bass have been in a feeding frenzy over the last few days coming off of their spawn. Here are Jackson and Jared with some of the better ones this morning.
The first heat wave of the season sent the bass into the deep shade today. We found that quick drop offs 5 dropping to 25 feet with old timber were the best bet. Here is Bryant with a good one. Bryant did well to keep this fish from wrapping under the motor as it dove hard under the boat.
The fish on Lake Lure are slamming the surface lures early and late in the day. They will continue their bite into late morning if its overcast. You need to make cast along sea walls and old docks on quick drop offs. I can show you where the best ones are.
The bass are bedding very late this year probably because of the low water in early spring. Bluegill are starting to bed at the same time. That's unusual. There are more big bluegill in the lake so far.
A great baseball pitcher skims the lower outside corner on the big pitch. A great tennis player uses every angle with the perfect spin. A great writer describes every detail. A great fisherman is no different. Here is the example to prove it.
This has never been more evident than on one of my recent bass fishing trips. Let me explain this in detail. My buddy and I had on identical lures, with identical line as with drifted windy points in the afternoon and into a recent April evening. The method seemed simple. Cast a wake bait towards a rocky shore of quick drop off from 1 to 15 foot water. Slowly real in on the surface. Set the hook following explosive strikes. All the strikes were my buddy's until I got more detailed.
I watched over the first 10 minutes as my buddy scored 2 bass on 4 strikes. It was remarked that I was unlucky so far. When he yanked in his third bass, I knew I needed to be more accountable to myself. I began watching his lure as much as mine to find the key difference.
We both made casts. Both lures landed a foot from shore. Mine mostly stayed on the surface but also dove so that it went just slightly under the surface half of the time. It took me studying three more casts to see that he needed a two o'clock angle to keep the lure from getting pulled by the boat as we drifted along. I began to emulate it.
I got a couple of boils as my buddy pulled in his 4th bass and missed his seventh strike. By casting at a 2 o'clock angle, I was no longer getting the lure within a foot of the shore. His last two fish struck with 2 feet of the shore but in about 5 foot water due to the quick drop off.
I adjusted again by making precise casts with 1 foot of the shore and at the 2 o'clock angle. Speed was now slow to keep the lure on the surface. My lure lost its wobble for a moment as I got a boil but no strike. Half a second later my buddy's lure got slammed trailing right behind mine for his 5th bass. I needed that lure to travel at exactly .2453 mph, or something like that so that it stayed completely on the surface yet continually wobbled. The fish were stationed a few feet off the drop off in an ambush zone similar to great white sharks nailing seals in Australia. Hey, I like that comparison. Go with me on this.
I made another cast to do it just right. Boom! I caught a three pound bass. Over the 2 hour trip, I ended up catching 6 and my buddy caught 8.
An extreme example happened when we got catty corner to a dock. We watched as a bass trailed my buddy's lure and slammed it so hard that the lure flew 3 feet into the air. The fish sat in the clear water next to the boat. I cast behind him and reeled the lure under the surface. The fish slowly moved out of the way as the lure almost hit him in the face. My buddy casted again. In his excitement, his lure went an inch below the surface. The fish circled violently underneath but made no strike. I cast again and wobbled on the surface. Another explosive strike caused us to yell out in awe and excitement.
This was a day to remember and a new pattern that I have added to my repertoire. I would probably have caught none if it wasn't for paying attention to the details. Details matter!
After a couple of days with cold and windy conditions, the sun came out this morning. Only largemouth would bite with trick worms in the early morning. Once it warmed up, the fish turned on in the late morning to the trolling bite. Here is Lauren with a 16 inch white bass. Warmer conditions over the next few weeks should invigorate the fishing!
With the drought keeping boat launches from being usable, I got a very late start on my guiding this year. The monsoon rains of last weekend brought a soupy mess complete with trees and giant logs floating around on muddy water. It's starting to sink down. Today the fish were very scattered and wanted bright or shiny lures. Bring the Bling, so they can see it.
Much thanks to Shane and his mom for entering the annual Relay for Life Pond Fishing Trip. Shane was the lucky winner. Shane did well to catch 5 largemouth bass and a bluegill. Here is a photo of Shane with one of his bass.
The water levels on Lake Lure continue to be too low to launch a boat, and are rising slowly. I will update the conditions soon.
We have all had a time on a lake when every fish caught is small. It is assumed by many that the big ones must be somewhere else in an adult-fish only spot. Don't be so fast to assume this. Consider what must be true when fishing in a tiny pond like my neighborhood pond of only about 4 acres. All the fish are in those 4 acres at all times, yet sometimes I'm catching all 10 - 14 inch bass and other times most fish are over 15 inch. What can be learned from this is that the big ones are always there even when I'm only catching small fish. Therefore, what might need to change is the presentation.
If every fish you catch is smaller than desired, first try a new presentation before moving on. Try up-sizing your bait. Sometimes it should be increased to the size of the fish you were catching. Swim baits are often a great choice for this. Also try topwater. Remember that many of the larger fish have been caught before, and it's not an act they want to repeat. A subtle top water presentation might make the difference. Be ready for a pair of lips to slowly slurp up your presentation. Finally, you should consider a slower and more erratic approach. The big ones didn't grow to such a size by expending energy chasing their food. Then if you still catch only smaller fish, perhaps it is time to move on.
With the recent fires near Lake Lure, the amazing fire fighters came in. Here is a photo of one of their highly skilled pilots hovering only a few feet above the lake slurping up lake water to dump on the nearby mountain fires. He made countless trips doing this.
Allstar wife, Nina, got her husband Tim a fishing trip for two for their anniversary. Here's Nina with one of their better fish. Tim ended the evening with five nice largemouth including the one in the second photo. The couple also caught white bass and yellow perch during the fall trip. Happy Anniversary!
Morgan and Chris caught some largemouth bass this weekend. The fish are getting very active as the fill themselves up for the eventual cool off. Try 20 foot water on steep breaklines for the most action.
Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass were on the points this weekend. This fish continue to increase their activity as the temperature drops. We got this one on a balsa shad in about 20 feet of water. Erika did a nice job to pull it away from a large fallen tree.
My boys might be following in my footsteps some day. Alex got this nice largemouth the other night. The fish were very active this weekend. We caught many big white bass and largemouth bass. Fish are responding to crankbaits. The cooler weather from the last week pushed the water down about 5 degrees. It's the beginning of the fall bite!
Bobby did a great job to hook this largemouth bass this morning. He then passed off his pole for his daughter Amy to reel the fish in. She did well to keep it out of the docks and trees on its way to the landing net. Nice teamwork!
Miles caught this very nice 17 inch white bass this morning. The white bass were blitzing good after the shad. Miles did a great job of keeping the line tight and playing this fish in. Also check out the deer hanging out on the beach of the Rumbling Bald resort.
There have been some very big largemouth bass caught in the last few weeks. Janey caught this oversized one on a crankbait in 20 foot water on an underwater ledge. Janey would not let this beast defeat her as she took charge and hauled it in. Way to go Janey!
I took out newly weds Matty and Stacy this morning. Their teamwork was already evident as Matty had to move and shift past her and throughout the boat to finally get this 4 pound lunker in the net. It was a glassy morning with partly cloudy skies. This fish were very concentrated on the deep side of points in 15 - 20 foot water.