Leap Year Largemouth

Every four years we get an extra day. I can’t think of a better way to spend some of that extra time than getting my line wet. So yesterday afternoon, I headed out for 3 hours of fishin’ fun! I knew it wouldn’t be an easy session as the weather has been absolutely whacked in So Cal lately. We’ve gone back and forth (and back, again) from unseasonable warm and sunny to unseasonably cold and blustery the last week and a half … which has had the fish whacked out, too. Yesterday was the latter, with a low 50’s air temp, a cool steady breeze, and mostly cloudy skies.
I arrived and found numerous beds which had been abandoned, presumably without any spawning having taken place. I also found a few males hanging near the banks that were very skittish … and lonely. Making it very apparent that the weather has these fish coming and going at the same time.
I tied on a new Yo-Zuri Rattlin’ Vibe (a lure I’ve been happily playing with lately for an upcoming review) in Ghost Shad and got a nice bump on the very first cast. Though, I couldn’t get the fish to come around for a second bite, I kept fan casting it around. As I was working it back parallel to the bank, I could feel a change in the flutter of the bait – it was being followed closely by a fish which was changing the wake pattern of the lure. After a second or two of this, my rod suddenly went BENDO! The way this fish was dogging me, I was sure I had a 5 or 6 pound Buford on the line. But, ended up lipping this 3 pound chunky monkey instead.
3 Pound Largemouth on a Yo-Zuri Rattlin' Vibe

I kept at it with the Vibe, and several other baits, but couldn’t entice any more takers. Moved to another spot, and again found no reaction love. So, I bit the bullet, and went with one of my least favorite ways to fish … the drop shot. Sure, it’s productive. And yes, I am a dedicated finesse fisherman, as well. But, when I turn to this method, you know I’ve tried everything else! 😉 I put on a Roboworm in their special-order pattern “Baitball” and flung it out near the end of the dock. About 1/3 of the way in, I could feel a very faint tick followed closely by what seemed to be a pick-up. I reeled down, and … BAM! Set the hook on this nice 2+ pound battler.
2+ Pound Largemouth Bass

I casted around for another 20 minutes with no success and had to call it a day. Bumped into one of the lake patrol folks before I left and he said that catching two fish was an amazing total as almost everyone else he had run into the last few days was sporting the skunk stripes. So, while I wouldn’t say I was leaping for joy on my Leap Year excursion, I will say I couldn’t think of a better way to spend some of my extra day!

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