Tom, look for the submerged grass in the main lake. If you can get on a spot near the main lake close to the river, you can go top water early, then work the edges ...more with a rattle trap.
My story isnt so much about broken tackle but about insufficient tackle. Back when I first started fishing tournaments with my dad, it was quite an awakening to ...more find out that all of our tackle was way under par. We had basicly fishing for numbers all of my life so when we started targeting larger fish. We, for one reason or another, could never get the good ones in the boat. Lots of broke lines and never being able to control a decent sized fish.
I live on the Mobile river delta where heavy equipment is a necessity. The fish here always cling tight to heavy cover, the thicker the junk is, the more likely a good one is in it. So first things first we went to heavier rods and reels, then we started having more line failures so we upped our line size to 17 and 20 lb test. It didnt take long to realize that now our terminal tackle was no longer strong enough for the job so we had to upgrade that as well. Within a few months we had completly replaced our entire fishing arsenal. The change came well rewarded as we began placing in most of our local tournaments.
Now I find myself in a simular position. I no longer fish tournaments and have chosen to use that money to travel to some lakes that have a much better chances of catching trophy size fish than our local waters. Bass over 4 pounds a hard to come by in my neck of the woods so if I want to catch big fish, I have to travel. So far, I have enjoyed the challenge of learning new waters and new methods of fishing. I have caught some good ones like the one shown in this article but have found that most of my equipment is to aggressive for most of these clearer lakes that I will be fishing. So I will be gearing up again it seems.
This season I have decided to sit out on hunting and dedicating myself to fishing all winter. This is when most of the big girls bite around here so if im going to be in, Im going all in. This will be deficult for me to do because I hate cold weather and as most fishermen know, ther is no colder place on earth than on the water in the winter time.
Well, wish me luck this winter and good fishing to all of you.