Hey! THAT'S not a Bass!
Finally! A topwater bite! Not only THAT, but a FROG BITE, to boot! Cross Creek Lake has been sprayed, and all the heavy grass vegetation is in mid die off, which ...more means there's not a lot on the surface, but there were huge amounts of this stuff, under the surface, just waiting to load up on your lure. So, I started with a Booyah Toad Runner, and finished the day with my favorite, a Paddletail swimbait on an Owner Flashy Swimmer hook, swimming it through these large areas of dying grass, which got me 2 more to round out the day.
North Park Lake proved difficult, today, as they sprayed a large swath of it for weeds, scattering the fish. None in their usual haunts. And the other half of the ...more lake remained horribly choked off. Only bites were these two that came off of some last remaining, isolated lily pads clumps that survived the spraying, about 30-40 feet out from shore.
Decided to get out and practice a few techniques that are not part of my comfort zone. Last time was weightless worms. This time, I decided to focus on Drop Shotting, ...more as well as scope out a potential body of water for an upcoming challenge. Six, in all. First one thrashed and snapped my line with my bait still in it's mouth. Second one, my phone must not have got the shot like I thought. The true memory of the day, was at around 1 O'clock, when I decided to check out a shallow bay. Paddled through a giant bait ball. Spun around, put down the drop shot and picked up a black paddletail. On the 2nd or 3rd cast, I had my bite. Didn't think much of it, until a tank all of 6 or 7 pounds jumped next to my kayak, and spit the bait! God, I wish I had landed her! Totally dwarfed my PB of 5 pounds! At least I have the memory.
Got back out, and got on the first two, back to back, pretty quickly. Had to drag the 2nd through 25 feet of weeds. Then, nothing for 4 hours. Paddled to dam, and ...more picked up 2 more. I got distracted, by a tangled rod on the second one, and he swallowed it and ran back into the weeds while I wasn't looking. Got him up to the boat, struggling through the weeds, and the rod exploded. Found out he swallowed the hook. succesfully removed the hook, and tried reviving multiple times, but he still didn't make it. 😞
After a morning of nothing, the fish finally woke up at 10 a.m.. Due to the pandemic, lake upkeep has gone by the wayside. I've never seen Cross Creek so clear ...more (6 to 8 foot visibility!), yet so weedy! Decided to fish a main point, looking for post spawners, moving back out. Thought it was an average fish, till she decided to pull back and almost ripped the rod out of my hand and tried to pull me out of my kayak! Landed 3 more, in the 14 to 16 class, before calling it a day.
Got out on Arthur, today. Started the morning with a White Crappie, followed by 4 Largemouth. One of them had been attacked by a Muskie or Pike, recently, cause ...more the poor guy was all chewed up. Sad that I couldn't do anything for him. Hopefully he will heal up. All measured between 14 and 16 inches.