Had gusty winds creating the fabled "walleye chop", this morning......
So I went bass fishing.
Trying to replicate some of the positive results from throwing swim jigs @ brown bass in recent outings, I went out in the blasting winds to try & pile on a bunch of fish.
While I have always held the rubber bass jig /trailer combo in high regard for largemouth fishing, Ive never considered it an important piece of my smallmouth arsenal.
That may change.
The lake Im fishing lately is a 4200ish acre lake, stained water, with some of just about every type of cover imaginable.Basically a WI river flowage. I have fished it iess than a handful of times previous to july, so, I try NOT to settle on spots that produce as much as I focus on finding new spots. The swim jig really makes covering a lot of water quickly pretty easy. Plenty of baits would probably catch better #'s once you find them, but for covering/disecting ground or avg size of fish, Im finding the swim jig tough to beat, lately.
Started out where I got a few the other a.m., & only caught 2 tiny pike. Tried a few other wind-sheltered spots & blanked. I had been avoiding going out in the exposed areas of the lake because of the crazy winds, but I finally caved & put on the rain gear. Ran out into a big open section of the lake & sought out the shorelines, points getting hammered by the wind & started there. Found a stretch of docks with some depth close, gravel to softball-sized rock bottom, & rollers crashing from the waves. Results came pretty quick. Nailed 2 nice LM off the bat (not pictured, I was more focused on not getting blown into the dock I was fishing vs taking pics). As I rounded the point, I stuck a good smallie that unbuttoned boatside. Stumbled on to a large gravel/rock flat that extended way off the point & began fancasting the area. 2 more nice smallies, another half-asssed pike & 2 other bites that didnt connect.
Caught a couple other similar fish that I didnt photo.
Somebody @ the ramp had a bad day. Ouch!
And, while checking the battery charger overnight, I picked up my UL& made a cast & got this slab!
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