Monday, July 2, 2018

Landing Spotted Bass

Some of my best fishing trips are with my son, son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren. Today I spent some quality time fishing Smith Lake with my son Jason, who is home for a week. 

We left the house at 4:30 AM and started casting the big size 4 Boggle Bug popper close to 5 AM. At this time of day there is practically no humidity and no heat. In fact the air was a cool 75 degrees. Daylight fishing is the norm for me this time of the year mainly because of the heat and humidity. 
A beautiful sunrise was one of the rewards that we encountered as we left the launch at 5 AM. The other reward was the banner morning we had landing some quality Spotted Bass along the huge rock walls located on the lake.
This Largemouth Bass was the only one landed during the early morning trip. There is a big difference in the fighting power of the Largemouth Bass verses the Spotted Bass. The Spotted Bass is one heroic fighter!!!
One of many Spotted Bass which exploded time after time on the Boggle as Jason worked the popper inches away from one of the many rock walls we fished early. The face of this popper makes a popping sound that really gets the attention of feeding bass. Jason was using a bass bug line on his 6 weight fast taper 9 ft. Sage fly rod. The bass bug line made casting the big popper a breeze.




The bluegill didn’t get left out on this outing. The Wiggle Tail nymph was used to land this nice size female gill. In fact all four colors of the Wiggle Tail got the attention of the bulls and females. I didn’t count any the bluegill on this trip, because Jason landed most of the counters. This is the same nymph that Jason used to hook the trout he landed on Fuller Lake.
 

14 comments:

Mark Kautz said...

Yup, the Wiggle Tail is a good one for sure.

Ralph Long said...

Great fish! Looks like a good day across the board.

Brk Trt said...

Nice bass. Those fish seem comfortable to just inhale those poppers.
Well done.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Jason left a few of the Wiggle Tails for me to use. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Ralph
Four hours of tight lines for sure----Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
All the bass absolutely exploded on the big popper, never a dull moment---thanks for the comment

Howard Levett said...

I wish I had somewhere to go where I could consistently hook up with some big gills and bass. It's been awhile but I remember the fight! That sunrise picture is beautiful Bill!

Michael Agneta said...

Just picked up a mess of Boogle Bug poppers, can't wait to give them a go. Hope I can have half of the success you all did!

Josh said...

Good ol' Bill still blogging away. I may have to try that wiggle nymph as maybe a Helgrammite.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I'm blessed to have a place like Smith Lake to fish, it is one beautiful lake. The sunrise was the added plus to a great morning of fishing. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
I guess I will call the blogging thing quits when it becomes boring-----not going to happen anytime soon!!! Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Michael
I've been using the Boggle Bug for the past five years and have landed a lot of quality fish using them. The size 4 which is the largest will attract savage hits from some hungry bass. Thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

What fun you are having! I had a recent "tight line" morning and it is so much fun to have non-stop action. Glad you are enjoying the stillwater. =)

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
I'd put the spotted bass in the category with the brown trout when it comes to fighting ability. Jason had a a couple of fantastic trips while he was here. Thanks for the comment