1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Details: Evergreen Pond

  8. Only caught 2, today. The one on the left, I caught before I even launched my kayak. Total dink on the right. That sun got brutal, and I was just cooking out there, ...more with little to no wind as relief. Then, right around 12:30, after having just cleaned my jig of vegetation for, like, the THOUSANDTH TIME, I got what I thought was another load up of vegetation, behind me to my right. And, as I turn to look, I see this massive flash, gills and scales! She was hooked, but not well, and there was no way to get a good hook set on her, so she popped right off, not to be seen again. That one hurts. I KNOW there is at least one big one in here! I had my chance, and I missed it. Ouch!

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Drew H 0
      Mammoth lake! Want to try that place eventually.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      always the big ones
    3. Rick S 0
      We've all been there when the big girl gets away..I feel your pain..
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  9. I noticed that, when fishing Old 422 Launch, I immediately head to the Lily Pad Field, right at the launch. Started to question that approach, so I took a different ...more route and worked backward, today. Well, as luck would have it, the weeds were much thicker than I anticipated, and things also cooled down. Only one caught, all day, 1 hour in. Had half a dozen frog blowups in the pads, but none of them connected. Spent most of the day, hunting down that frog bute that never happened. Needless to say, I left, today, feeling aggravated and defeated.

    14.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Strike King 3XD

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Upper is where I caught my 5lber.
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Haha! That's what I keep reminding myself, Drew! Mark, yeah, I had better luck in that area, earlier in the year. I though of checking out Upper 528, but decided ...more to go with what I knew. So much for THAT, huh? 😏
    3. Drew H 0
      No skunk though!
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Jim. I've had little success in that part of the lake this year. Both 528 launches are producing for me though. At Moraine, unless you can move around like ...more Rick does, Kayak fishing can be tough if you choose the wrong spot.
    5. Jeff B 0
      Days like this make us appreciate it when the bite is on. Next time Jim, I can FEEL IT! Thank you for sharing.
    6. Jim Mortell 0
      A day on the water is a day well spent....
    7. Rob C 0
      I’m hoping for six frog blowups on Friday. Chin up Jim!
    8. jim lachut 0
      at least you got out
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  10. Biggest one of 6 bass for the day. Ironically, also the FIRST bass caught, today, on the Booyah Toad Runner. I think all the rest came on a 412 Phase IV Spinnerbait ...more and Gary Yamamoto paddletail trailer.

    17.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Booyah Toad Runner

    1. Never fish Cross Creek yet, was up there yesterday and checked it out. Really looks good. Going to be up this thursday and friday. Any hints you can give me and ...more my wife. Also We dont keep anything. Email at howdy449@gmail.com Thanks and thats a nice fish.
    2. jim lachut 0
      nice fish !
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Thanks guys. Cross Creek Lake bass.
    4. Frank Yamada 0
      Yes, Jim! That is a really nice bass Lake Arthur bass.
    5. Rick S 0
      Good day Jim!
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Fishing Favorites

  • Species Smallmouth Bass
  • Lure Paddletail Swimbait