Saturday, January 4, 2014
As the calendar flipped over to another year, so did my thought process towards the upcoming months of 2014. My family and I will be going through a huge change since we have to move from Virginia to Florida due to Uncle Sam's needs. With any move, big or small, you know it can pose a lot of headaches and challenges. Before I dwell on the mental checklist that was looming over my head, I decided to make a spur of the moment bass attack at one of my honey holes, a couple of hours of pure solitude...
I find an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility every time I fish this body of water. I don't know what it is; the wood ducks squeaking in the oaks, whitetail deer feeding near the banks, canada geese honking for a partner, or maybe it's the fact that it's normally just me in God's creation, whatever "it" is, I love it!
Even though this was spur of the moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The plan was to hit a handful of spots that have produced in the winter over the last few years. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, and soft plastics have always produced this time of year, so I was confident in my approach. With the barometric pressure dropping due to an approaching cold front, the bite was on right away. I immediately landed a 15" largemouth on a square bill crankbait. Not 10 minutes later, I hooked into a bigger fish.
This 19.25" largemouth put up a great fight even in cold water. What is nice about cold water is that it doesn't take long to revive the fish. They may be a little spent, but they swim away pretty strong. All of my action so far was on a certain stretch of shoreline so it just made sense to beat that up as best as I could. It paid off with another stud of a bass. This one went 19.5"
My couple of hours of bass action were up and it was time to call it a day. All in all, I landed 6 bass between 15" and 19.5", along with the ever-so-violent chain pickerel that was around 19". I will say that ever since switching out all of my rods to All Pro Rods, the strike feels harder. At first I thought the fish were just hitting it abnormally hard but then I realized that I was feeling every little nuance in my lure action and bottom contact. These rods are incredibly sensitive with a ton of power to match. Give them a look if you're in the market for an amazing fishing rod!
Lately I have been loving the Old Town PredatorMX as my duck hunting platform. I will be on the water again soon, either fishing or hunting. If it swims or flys, I'm coming after it! I tell ya what, multiple addictions are hard to manage. I'm sure an impromptu duck hunt is in the cards...
~See ya on the water!