Free Time

Free time. Something that has been at an extreme premium for me, lately. So, when I actually had a few free hours late this afternoon, I jumped on the chance to get my line wet. Conditions seemed to be good with mostly cloudy skies, comfortable air temps in the upper 70’s, and a slight breeze. Lake Sherwood was also sporting slightly stained, very cool water, as well.

3 Pound Bass on a Yo-Zuri Rattl'n VibeEverything just seemed to point to a lipless crank bite. As a result, my first casts were made with my go-to Yo-Zuri Rattl’n Vibe in GBO. It only took three casts before that decision paid off. Halfway home, my bait got annihilated by this overly aggressive 3+ pound classer. In light of the cold water, I was very impressed with the dogged battle this thing put up. Felt more like a five pounder!

I was sure that was a sign of a prolific session to come. Boy, was I wrong! After numerous fruitless casts with this and many other lures, I finally made a move about 50 yards down the bank. After several attempts with other baits, I went back to the Vibe and got hammered by a 4 pound class fish. Unfortunately, I had left the camera with my tackle bag back at the original spot … thus, no pic.

4+ Pound Bass on a Yo-Zuri Rattl'n VibeI kept at it, but that was the only bite I could manage in that area. So, I relocated to a small dock on the other side of the point. Again, I vainly tried numerous offerings before returning to the only thing that seemed to be working … that gold, black, and orange Bass killer. It only took a few casts before this monster 4+ pounder inhaled the bait and gave me the fight of the day, even making a couple of line-pulling runs. Sorry about the camera focus on this one.

I worked the area hard for a bit more, but still couldn’t entice any other players. I decided to move to the other side of the lake. When I arrived, it was completely dark, which led me to tie on a Cave Custom Booyah Boogie Bait … one of my favorite night lures. I was slow rolling it along the edge of a line of tullies when, suddenly, it just stopped! BAM!! My rod doubled over and I got into another tough tussle with the 4 pound class fatty pictured below.4 Pound Bass on a Cave Custom Booyah Boogie Bait

I got bumped hard one more time on the Boogie Bait, but couldn’t hook up. I then switched over to a dark colored Senko, Malibu-rigged, and was able to pick-up a chunky 2.75 pounder (no pic), and that was it … not even a nibble for the next hour. So, I called it good, with 6 bites and 5 fish. While the quantity certainly wasn’t there, at least the quality was. After talking to another angler there, it turned out I actually had a GREAT day, as he couldn’t manage even one bite. Consequently, I left very happy, knowing that my free time was put to very good use. 😉 I’m just going to have to come up with a way to find more of it!

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