Everyone has heard the saying that when the cows are feeding so are the bass...well this time when the bulls were fighting, the bass definitely were bitting. This was day 2 of my friend Mike and I's float trips. We hit the same flow and got on the low clear water kinda late. First day the water has been down since all the rain so I knew fish would be hitting. Started with my black skirt, double bladded buzzbait and my J-13. My buddy was tossing a J-11. Also had my shakyhead. Started out floating over a 3lb shoal bass in 8 or 10 ft of water. Turned around and tossed my shakyhead/worm and he grabbed it...set the hook with no results...just fed him a worm, just jig returned to me. Put another worm on and he hit again, but somehow he has learned to suck worms off shakyhead jigs...which is unusual, I get real good hook up % on shakyheads. So I missed my first big bass but a few minutes later I get another bite on worm, set the hook and broke off my mono leader, a few seconds later and the fish jumped trying to shake my jig head...was about 2lbs.
Then my buddy all the sudden has his 5ft light spinning rod doubled over. He netted the bass, a good spot but while weighing it(2lb 6oz) it flopped and came off the scales so unfortunatelly no pics of it. I felt terrible because it was my friends biggest bass of the two days so far. But I was paid back..don't worry. A few minutes later we hit a deep bank with a lot of blowdowns. My buddy fished the other shallow rocky side. The sun was briight and high but I had a feeling to try my buzzbait, wasn't having luck on my rapala or worm in a litte while. I start with the double buzz with a red trailer hook. A few casts in and a big fish jumps all over my buzzbait and I got it hooked good, main hook and all. It went to pulling and I could see it was a 3lb + largemouth bass. He pulled some drag and fought real hard for a LM. My net got stuck so I lipped him. Put him on my berkly grip and set it in the water before weighing or taking a picture so I could get ready and my friend could get to me. Worst mistake o have ever made...the bass still had life, jumped and somehow unlodged the berkly grips out of it's mouth and was gone! I know it was about 3.5lbs at least....so you see, I was paid back for losing my friends bass.
But then the river just gets downright cruel..or fate does. I turn and cast one tree down from the last and a giant bass jumps on the buzzbait first cast after losing other fish off of gripper. I slam the hook home and it's a monster largemouth...and he has a buddy right by his side same size or bigger even. The bass I had hooked was at least 6lbs and he jumped clear out the water b/c the othe LM was trying to grab the lure. It was an amazing expxperience until the bass runs under my kayak and my drag sticks...the bass pulled free! UGH!!!!!! Almost tossed chunks I was so mad and upset. In a matter of five minutes I had two bass on, landed the 3lb +LM and then lost him and then lost a lm over 6lbs and that's estimating small. The bass was huge and it was crazy that there was another one just as big...imagine if I would have had a 6lb bass on the main hook and a 6lb bass on the trailer hook....would have been the coolest catch ever. Still neat now looking back but I let the curse words fly after all that.
Well, had to move on. Didn't put the double buzz down the rest of the day and caught a few spots, and a couple shoalies on my J-13. Then we get in the same creek I caught my 4lb shoal bass yesterday, I was about 25 yards from where I hooked the shoal bass yesterdat throwing the buzzbait. Tossed it in a mangled mass of wood and worked it out slow....oh yeah, worked the buzzbait real slow, but had it where the blades hit each other so it was loud. Well a bass slams it deep in the wood amd swallows the buzzbait...this time I fair a little better, at least at the end. At first he went down in the wood and for a second had me tied up. Thought I for sure lost it until it pulled up over the limb it was under and went behind my yak. I turned and let it run, was another BIG largemouth....my net stuck AGAIN, so I pulled it in by hand, it had the buzzbait main hook and all...at this point I had put 2 trailer hooks on the buzzbait because of short strikes. Missed about 15 fish on the buzzbait and landed 9. Not a very good ratio. The largemouth weighed 3lbs even. Finally got a picture of one of our good fish. Thank god I didn't drop it in the water before all that was done.
My buddy at this point has caught about 7 bass, most under 2lbs but over 1....he hooked another really good spot late in the day on his J-11...all his fish came on that. I felt better that he was catching fish today and caught 2 spots over 2lbs...this one was 2lb 3oz! Had the fattest belly on a spot I have ever seen..almost like it's disformed or something. Right after that I saw a fish hit something, threw my J-13 over it and the fish whacked it. Was tiny, ended up being about a 9oz redeye bass! The fish was shorter or about the sam length as my lure. Lol! I could not believe a 7 or 8 inch redeye(the one pictured) actually tried to eat my J 13! Thats a pretty big meal for that little bass. Was my last fish of the day, a tiny redeye on a huge lure. It's kinda washed out looking but it has the white tipped fin and horizontal rows of dots below the lateral line and a tooth patch on it's tongue. Not as neat looking as in the spring when you can see the blue on em, although the one I caught a few weeks back was similar. I ended with 9 landed and like 6 quick releases not including that huge 6lb lm. My buddy also ended with 9....lost about the same, 4 or 5.
The fighting bulls, hence the title
My spot on the buzzbait, had it by the 2nd trailer hook only
My 3lb even largemouth
My buddy Mike w/ a LM
Another spot on buzzbait
Mike 2lb 3oz spot with fat belly
My washed out redeye bass