Mark “Chief” Torrez (who just took 8th place in the AAA division of the US Open – WTG, Chief!) and I hit up Lake Casitas for a shoreline session yesterday. We were on the water by 6:45am with clear skies, slight breeze that didn’t pick up until 10, and temps that started around 59° but rose to about 82°. The water was pretty clear with visibility up to about 12 feet depending on the section of lake we were at.
Unfortunately, it was a very slow day out there. For the first three hours all I could manage were two small bumps and Chief had one bite he missed because he was talking to a rabbit. 😉 Finally, just before 10am, I was dead-sticking a Malibu-rigged 5″ Kinami Flash in Mad Melon when I felt another very light tap. Only this time, I felt the fish actually pick up the bait and start to move off with it. I reeled down and set the hook hard … BOOM! Instantly, my rod doubled over and line started peeling off the reel – I knew right away this was a big fish!! She started taking me under the buoy line on my left, so I moved over to the right to get a better angle on her. We were stuck in a little tug of war, but I slowly made some headway. However, the way she was fighting I was pretty sure I had hooked into a big Catfish. After several minutes, she finally came up and gave me a big head shake … it was a BIG BASS!
Another couple of minutes ensued before I could get her to shore and get a grip on her lip. I put her on the digi-scale which finally settled in at 6 pounds 8 ounces! My PB with an artificial bait!! Chief was about 300 yards down the bank and was running as fast as he could without having a coronary to take a picture. So, in the meantime, I snapped this one with my phone:
Chief eventually made it in time to snap a couple of shots, too. They give a much better size perspective … of the FISH, not me! :lol::
I didn’t get another tap the rest of the day. Though, Chief did nail a nice keeper on a Carolina-rigged Brush Hog.
So, although it wasn’t a prolific day, it was a great day. Like they say, if you’re only going to catch one, make it a good one!