We're on a SMALL Lake full of BIG predators! The plan is to target bass but we've got to avoid the musky and pike to make it happen. How do you find bass in a lake like this? We're about to find out! The plan is to target bass that are moving into the shallows as the water warms up. Come along for a fun day full of GIANT Smallmouth!
We began the day by looking shallow. In clear water fisheries your best bet is often to simply look, don't even make a cast. If the water is murky, use a fast moving search bait as your eyes to determine if the fish have moved in. Once we established the fish had moved up, the hunt for the big ones began! The first bite of the day came from a musky, the second from a 5 lb smallmouth!
We spent the day targeting bass in and around cover. Even the big bass are wary to mix with the big pike and musky for fear of becoming a snack. Despite the presence of heavy cover, we focused on 5-6 lb fluorocarbon line to fool the clear water bass into biting. We used a variety of baits to target these fish, catching them on nearly everything we threw. Below is a breakdown of the baits and gear we used to make this day a success!
-Roboworm FX Sculpin (Oxblood Light Red Flake): http://bit.ly/2XMbwoQ
-Megabass Okashira Screwhead (Real Minnow): http://bit.ly/2EpluSA
-Keitech Fat 3.3 (Pro Blue Red Pearl): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
-Dry Creek Tube (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2cJwI6r
-Zoom Super Fluke (Houdini): http://bit.ly/2aqys0H
-Strike King Half Shell (KVD Magic): http://bit.ly/2iR9awm
Rod- Conquest 902S SJR: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi
Reel- Shimano Stradic Ci4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- Sunline Sniper 5 lb: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
(This rod was selected for its incredible sensitivity and parabolic action. It was the perfect match for 5 lb fluorocarbon against BIG fish. Its a rare combination of sensitivity and flex.)
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stella FJ 2500: http://bit.ly/2U8Pkzg
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Budget-Friendly Finesse Combo...
Rod- SLX Spinning 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2AdvIC1
Reel- Nasci 1000 FB: http://bit.ly/2g278cC
Line- 6 lb Sunline Sniper: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju