Self Inflicted Pain
October 19, 2007
I had the pleasure of fishing with Kevin and his wife Chris from Oklahoma today for smallmouth bass. Kevin was an experienced bass fisherman, but fished mostly largemouth from where he was from and they both were looking foreword to the smallmouth. It was a little slow in getting started and took almost 15 minutes before they were hooking up regularly, but they caught on. The weather was nice for part of the day, but the wind was another story. It began almost dead calm where we were fishing and eventually went east at 5 to 10 knots only to change over SW at 15 to 20 knots. It was also gusting stronger at times and they were over 30 knots too! Chris had never really experienced smallmouth bass much before but after today, realized why everyone loves them so much. They just tore her up! She was complaining of sore everything before noon and it only got worse! Tube jigs once again were the lure of choice, but Kevin became my guinea pig and caught them on almost everything. I had him throwing spinner-baits and jerk-baits and hooking up on both lures as well. Some of the bigger fish came on spinner-baits and I broke off the biggest one when I tried to boga a 5 pounder hooked on a jerk-bait that Kevin hooked. I hope I get her back next time out! Just like the days before, fish were taken in each and every area we fished and large volumes I might add too! The wind was really causing havoc and thankfully they were both throwing jigs on spinning gear because the wind really made casting difficult. Trying to position the boat to enable them to get the perfect drift wasn’t easy either and I really had to work at it. Our last stop of the day had about 10 fish caught in about the same amount of time before we bolted to the ramp in the rain. I wish it could have held off a little longer as we would have been able to take the pictures a little easier. I don’t know about Kevin, but I’m sure that his lovely wife Chris was ailing that night! They must have boated at least 100 smallies by the time it was all over and every one of the fish gave them one heck of a fight. Overall, it was a great day despite “Mother Nature” and the elements!