I finished my household chores early yesterday (sunday) afternoon and decided to slip my Coosa down into a little 25acre lake that's just behind my house on the base... glad I did.
I wasn't too sure anything would be biting after this recent cold front came through, but the fish seemed to still be hungry, albeit a little more sluggish than the summer bite has been.
Best lure/presentation of the evening was a Floating 6in Rapala in Shad color I tried the jointed versions w/o any success, but this fixed-bodied lure seemed to be driving them crazy...
The aquatic vegitation in this little lake was WAY overgrown in the summer, as recent as 3 weeks ago. the stuff was so thick then that nobody w/o a canoe or kayak was even fishing it b/c they couldn't cast the 20yds over the stuff to hit any open water... I guess the recent cold weather killed it all off, b/c when I slipped my boat in there was hardly any vegitation to paddle through to get to the good spots.
It was neat to have some semi-clear water w/ bottom vegitation; you could see the fish come up from underneath and flash/roll over on the lure as the struck... the biggest fish of the day probably went about 2.5lbs, but I forgot to take my measuring stick OR my digital scale on this short trip... nothing really but a set of rods, a small plano of tackle, paddle & the Coosa.
FYI - the new Berkley FireLine that I spooled up on my 5'6'' light spinning combo worked like a charm once I got it wet & smelly!
First fish of the day, a little dink, but it put some stink on my fingers !
Second fish of the afternoon; a little bigger - maybe 1.5 lbs?
Biggest fish of the evening; rolled over on my Rapala and missed it, but after a few more twitches, came back to crush it right alongside the boat! Maybe 3lbs?
last fish of the night - I forgot my pliers as well, so when I struggled with getting the hooks out of this guy's face, I figured I would call it a night.