There wasn't a chance in hell i'd have woken up this morning, think i'm gonna go to Lake Arlington and catch a hybrid bass, but I believe that's what happened.
Fished from shore from 5pm-6:45pm; overcast - sunny; temps in the 80's; strong west winds.
Was a last minute decision to get out to Lake Arlington, which I haven't fished for a few years. Funny enough too, it was one of the original lakes when I started the site years ago. Just brought some simple tackle and tied on a spinnerbait. Within a few minutes I had a feisty 17" largemouth bass. Kept walking around and landed a few more bass. Then, my bait got slammed and drag went out. What the heck was it? Kinda figured it was a carp but the fight was not carp like. This thing was really something. Then I see it and in disbelief, it's, I believe, a hybrid bass! What the hell is it doing in Lake Arlington? Been searching around online and was only able to find one thing that from another angler from 2013 who says they stocked hybrids in there. Unreal. This one was about 21-22".
In total caught 5 largemouth bass and the hybrid in about an hour's time. One that sun popped out from the clouds, the action was over.
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Jason W. Norris
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