1. Went out on Sunday, to Lake Arthur. Didn't do great, so when the chance to fish Cross Creek, the next day, arose, I jumped at it. did much better. I was amazed ...more at how clear the water was! I shoved almost my entire paddled down into the water, and could STILL see the other paddle end! anyway, the male bass are now on beds, in shallow, rocky and gravely shorelines, and I was able to land 6, plus a Crappie. the first bass, I had to work on him, and really convince him to bite, as, with the ultra-clear water, they are really spooky. Nothing monstrous. Average was about 14 inches, but I'll take it. Finesse was the name of the game.

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Julian Fertman 0
      very nice !!
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks. Yeah, I was shocked it was so clear. I've never even seen it that clear down by the dam! I wonder how it looks down there.
    3. Drew H 0
      It is really cool to be able to see stuff in the water there, a big difference from Arthur!
    4. Frank Yamada 0
      Turning things around. Nice day!
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      There you go Jim 👍
    6. Rick S 0
      Nice work Jim! Not sure I've ever fished in water that clear.
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  2. Second Largemouth of the day, on the return back toward the launch, after running into my Fishidy friends, Mark, Frank and his wife, and Drew. Always good sharing ...more the water with these guys.

    15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Chatterbait

    1. b ripoer 0
      Nice one
    2. Chad Jaco 0
      I hope that happens Jim!!👊🎣
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys! Always good to see you out on the water. Maybe some day I'll get back up to Justus Lake, Chad, and we'll cross paths. 🙂👍
    4. Drew H 0
      Nice lookin fish!
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      It was very good to see you and the others. Good luck at your up coming tourney.
    6. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice one, Jim.
    7. Chad Jaco 0
      Another nice one!!
    8. Rick S 0
      Nice one Jim!
    9. BILL MACKAY 0
      very nice!
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  3. First time out in the new season. Doing a little practice before next weeks KA challenge that I was picked for. Sadly, the pictures of the 22 inch Hybrid Striper ...more that I caught shortly before this got corrupted, especially since it was my first.

    17.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Chatterbait

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Bit a chatterbait in Bluegill color, in about 3 or 4 feet of water.
    2. Lenny Iorio 0
      I was chasing stripers...
    3. Lenny Iorio 0
      What did the striper hit? I was out 2 Saturdays ago and caught 3 Smallmouth on blue bombers and a suspending blue silver bomber.
    4. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys! Very kind of you. Yeah, it hurt that the photo got messed up of the Wiper. Finally got one, took two pics to be sure, then ruined them when I went to ...more transfer the files (my phone's camera won't work, so I'm using an old one to taoe the pics, then transferring them over to the other. Didn't realize there's a procedure on the old phone that you have to hit "Eject" prior to disconnecting. I messed up.) 😕
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      wish I could have seen the striper
    6. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Jim!! Good luck on your challenge.
    7. Rick S 0
      Nice one, a run in with a striper is always a good time!
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      wtg Jim
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  4. Biggest 3 of 5, today. First 2 came off a chatterbait in isolated grass patches. Probaby missed 6 to 8, today. Then, my buddy Frank located a school set up along ...more a weed edge in wind blown water. Frank was killing them, and told me to throw in. As luck would have it, on the first cast with the Ned Rig, I landed this 4 pound, 7 ounce girl. Picked up another one, a small pounder+, at that spot, and a small dink, later, off another isolated patch, for my 5. This'll probably be it for me, for the season. I wanna thank Frank, for another fun day on the water. Tight lines, all!

    4 lb. 7 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Ned Rig

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Sooooooooo, based on the forecast for this weekend, I may or may NOT have thrown in the towel, prematurely, for this season.... Frank, you MAY see me out in that ...more area, this weekend. 😂
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Yep! See ya then, Rick!
    3. Rick S 0
      Nice one Jim! see ya this spring!
    4. Jim Holland 0
      I didn't want to burn your spot. I AM fortunate to have landed that big girl, so thank you for sharing with me. When I moved away, I was trying to find other ...more spots like that one, for us to hit. Unfortunately, that seemed to be the only one, and I was losing strength in my arm, to continue on the water. Here's to a great day on the water. Hope we can meet up again, in the next season.
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Great fish! I was so glad that you didn’t turn around and go to another spot. Running into you and Mark made the day special.
    6. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks, guys.
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Wow, great going Jim.
    8. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice job Jim!! Those are some nice ones!!
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  5. Finally got around to launching from Little Boston and fishing the section of the Yough, above it. Started off cold as hell, and the bass didnt wake up till 12:30, ...more as temps warmed. Still, only hooked into 2, and landed just this one, as the first one came off at the boat.

    16.0 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Strike King 3XD

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys. I think you're right, Rick. I need to switch to later in the day. So conditioned to looking for that morning bite.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      nice River smallie, Jim
    3. Rick S 0
      Nice smallmouth Jim! I'm thinking about not going out in the mornings, let it warm a bit.
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  6. Took a gamble today, and decided to try an area I never fished before on Lake Arthur. Morning started off well enough with several blow ups that didn't connect. ...more Then, I had the pleasure of finally meeting Rick S., in person. Great guy. We probably chatted for 20 minutes or so, then went back to fishing. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like the Bass wanted to play with me, today, as I spent most of my time in Trout Cove, trying to locate them. They were there, but elusive. Only 2 of the day were dinks, caught on back-to-back casts with a wacky rigged senko. Win some, lose some. 🤷‍♂️

    Largemouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Jim Holland 0
      It was just a weird day. I would get a blow up, they'd miss, and they'd never come back for it. One and done. Right after Rick left, I cast a frog into ...more this cut he and I had just talked about, and my line just barely caught on an overhang, causing the frog to dangle in the water. a bass jumped up and ripped it out of the snag, then disappeared. Later, toward the end of the day, as I was casting on the southern side of the small island at 528, I was lifting my chatterbait out of the water for a recast, when I look down and see a bass chewing on my trailer. The rest of the bait was already out of the water! Like I said, weird day.
    2. Rick S 0
      Nice meeting you also Jim!
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  7. Had some time between shuttling kids. Decided to beat the bank on the North Shore. Hit the usual spots, until this little bit, right where he should've been. ...more First river bass I've landed in quite a while. Felt good.

    12.0 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Bomber Squarebill

  8. I had the pleasure of getting out on the water with Frank, today, at Cross Creek Lake. While I started the day strong, with two catches on a Popper, and the big ...more fish of the day on a paddltail rigged on an underspin, it was Frank who took me to school, landing 12 Largemouth, in all, all on a weightless Senko. It was a great day, and I got one HELL of a workout on the paddle back to the launch. I gotta get me one of those pedal kayaks!

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Bill, 3s a good day. Just to be on the waters a good day. We are all blessed to be in good health, heck 1s a good day.
    2. BILL MACKAY 0
      great day! I was out there for the morning but was only able to land 3
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks, Chad. Honored, since I've seen the tanks you have hauled in. Mark, yeah, it most definitely was. Yeah, I actually have a trolling motor given to me, ...more that I have tinkered with. Just haven't finalized a setup. Drew, it certainly was. Hopefully, we can team up, some time, as well. I always like sharing water with fellow anglers.
    4. Drew H 0
      You guys had a good day!
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      Be cool if some day, Me, you, Frank, Jeff and Rick(in a yak) get together for a day of fishing.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Jim, I remember your yak being big, can you mount a trolling motor?
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Sounds like a great day.
    8. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Jim!!
    9. Jim Holland 0
      Yeah, and the weather was beautiful. They sprayed the daylights out of the lake, killing so much of the vegetation. So long as you could find some, remaining, you'd ...more find em. Frank's better at finding them. 😄
    10. Rick S 0
      Sounds like you both had a great day!
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  9. After a 2 week hiatus, I managed to get out on the water, today. Decided to check out Glade Run Lake. Was just reopened a couple seasons ago, and have never been ...more there. I knew the bass are still small and growing, so my expectations weren't high. Started the day with about 4 dinks in the shallows, and made my way toward the dam, where they got a bit bigger. Finished the day with the biggest, at 16 inches, all the way back near the boat launch, for a total of 7.

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Drew H 0
      The little ones are still fun, 7 is a good day!
    2. Bruce Parker 0
      16" Nice catch! Biggest I got there was 14. Great bass fishing for sure.
    3. Rick S 0
      Nice work Jim!
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      I agree Jim. The weekends here are pretty busy. The same can be said for most lakes I think. With the virus, people want to get outside and fishing, kayaking, ...more boating are a great way to do it. While there are some 2 and 3 pounders in there, most days out won't be as rewarding as say going to Moraine.
    5. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys! Yeah, I had held off going there, since it was all pretty new, and the fish are small right now, but I wanted to try someplace new. Don't know if ...more I'd go back. TONS of fishing pressure. Those bass are getting a crash course in lures!
    6. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice job Jim!!
    7. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, Jim. I’ve never fished Glade Run before.
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      Nice going Jim, wasn't easy out there today.
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  • Species Smallmouth Bass
  • Lure Paddletail Swimbait