Hot, muggy and overcast on Saturday afternoon. Took off for Beck at 4:45 and got there at 5. I didn't realize I could get there that quickly from home. Rigged up a watermelon/chart senko that's worked for me at Beck before and headed to the area west of the launching ramp. Overcast and scudding clouds, slight wind out of the southeast. Didn't even check the air temperature, but it had to be in the high 80's with high humidity. There was only one guy fishing that area so I had it mostly to myself.
A brief digression -- Back in May I bought a bunch of gear from Cabela's thanks to a gift card from my workplace. Among that gear was a fish grabber and a scale. I was tired of catching fish and not being able to weigh them. In passing, I happened to mention to my wife that it was stupid of me to buy separate grabbers and a scale since they make grabbers with built in scales. On Father's Day, one of the gifts my wife purchased for me was a grabber with a built in scale and tape measure! What a wife!
So back to Beck -- I worked the open sections between the reeds until I got to the same section of shoreline where I had caught bass, warmouth, bluegill and a perch back in June. Except for some stunted bluegill at Techny Prairie Lake, I've been skunked on all my fishing trips since then. Sure enough, I'm at the same spot where I caught fish back in June. I don't know how most people work a wacky rig, but I like to make that first cast, let it hit the bottom, then make little lifts and drops until I get it back to shore. I have never caught a bass or even been tapped on the initial drop. (I watched a YouTube video not too long ago where the guy -- I don't recall who it was -- said he'll sometimes work water quickly by casting a wacky rig and, if he doesn't get a hit on that first drop, just brings the worm back quickly and casts to a different spot.) The worm was about 15 feet from shore when I felt a tap, let him take it, pulled, felt the fish and set the hook. According to the scale he was somewhere north of 1 lb, maybe 1-1/2. I released him, of course. Although I approach every outing with hope and confidence, there's nothing like finally tagging a bass after weeks of being skunked. I worked that same area and then a section further down until it started drizzling. The rain let up and I was going to tie on a chatter bait with a craw trailer when it really started pouring down. I kept the wacky on and worked my way back through the rain to the boat launch area and then headed home. It was only one small bass but I'll gladly take it.Wacky Rig Wtmln Chtrs
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, on FlickrBeck Bass 1 to 1.5lb?
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