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Smallmouth’s Go Figure…..

There are many ways an angler can find fish GPS mapping and the internet have made this task less difficult than it was years back, however, nothing has ever been as accurate as seeing the actual fish right where they happen to be at a particular time.

During a recent bow fishing trip, a friend and I set out to see if we could arrow some carp. Not long into our trip, we had to cross the boat over a shallow rock pile. The LED flood lights mounted to the boat lit up the entire area on both sides and in front of the boat. To our amazement, there were bass everywhere!

Now, just to enlighten exactly what I mean by that statement... You literally could not go a split second without spotting a different fish! We marked the rock pile, and continued. When we came to another rock pile, there was not a single fish to be seen. About an hour later, we came to another, and it too was covered in bass. We made the decision to abandon our bow fishing expedition, head home to get some sleep, and come back out to see if we could get into some of these bass.

When we arrived at the first rock pile that was infested with bass, I decided to tie on a Hot Heads jig, in fluorescent orange, and pair it with a dark green plastic swim bait. We kept the boat off the rock pile, and made long distance cast over the rocks, with a slow retrieve back. Cast after cast, not a single strike. We were astonished not to get one to eat, knowing these bass were here just hours earlier.

We decided to move to the next rock pile, although we were reluctant to do so, as there were no fish to be had when we looked the previous evening. First cast, BOOM! A strike so hard it literally screeched the drag on the set! Then my friend, BOOM! A double! Two nice 4lb smallmouth. Next cast, BOOM, double. Next cast, BOOM! A double! It was amazing!

Why the fished transitioned to a different area in such a short period of time, we do not know. But they did, and we ended up with 40 fish landed, and a personal best smallmouth at 5.8lbs!


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