Saturday, January 4, 2014

Impromptu Bassin'

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!



  1. Amazing! Always amazing! I think the biggest reason that this might bring you great joy is because that is how you started. You cut you're teeth on bass fishing. You always knew that God was great and he always provided. I am happy and proud that you remember that. These are his gifts. You and Ash are mine.