I hope to use this blog as an avenue to express my thoughts and adventures of all of my fishing expeditions and any other journeys I may undertake.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
My Largest Kentucky Spotted Bass Ever Using the Fly Rod
For me today it was not my ordinary day on SmithLake. Mike and I were fishing shade with some cooler temps in the 50’s. The water temperature was running between 69 and 70 degrees. The fish were far and few between. The water was extremely clear and extremely low. The lake this time of year is down ft. getting ready for all the spring rains. We moved into one of the high rock walls areas in the RyanCreek area where I had landed some quality spots earlier this year. I had been using my 5Wt. 8 ½ ft. Redington all morning with a dark turquoise size 4 popper. The poppers I have started using is the Booglebug brand because of their finish and the eye detail. With only limited success on the turquoise (small rock bass and a couple of largemouths, I decided to tie on a # 4 size charturse black-legged popper. I was using a 5X tippet. I chose the light tippet because of the clear water. As I have mentioned in previous posts the water is so clear in this lake one can see 10 ft. down. So the lighter tippet gave me a better chance of getting the hit. As I moved the boat into a position to make a long cast into one of the rock overhangs, I notice some movement under the rock overhang. I twitch the big bug a couple of times with no success. So another cast was in order to the left of the rock overhang. As I twitched the bug lightly I saw the wake and then the bug was gone. I immediately set the hook and the fight was on. The fish started to move into the 50 to 60 ft water trying to strip the hook out. I was using my line at my feet to give the fish all the lead way it wanted. I told my buddy to take control of the trolling motor as I moved to the back of the boat to get a better feel for the fish which I had not seen. As all my line at my feet was gone I finally manage to get the fish on the reel, which helped out because I needed my drag to help handle this fish which I still had not seen. The drag was humming and the fish was still going even deeper as the depth finder registered 110 ft. I told Mike that I had a big catfish, because of the depth dives this fish was making. After about two minutes into this battle, I finally was able to see the fish as it came up about 50 ft. from me, and that is when I went ballistic. This was the largest spot I had ever caught on the fly and as a matter of fact the largest spot I have ever caught period. It weighed in at 3 ½ lbs and proved why the Kentucky Spot is one of the toughest fighting fish around. I would put it on the same level as the smallmouth. They are extremely hard to catch in this pound range because they didn’t get to be this big by being dumb. I have caught a lot of fish in my life and I would have to say that this catch is at the top of the list. For 2 minutes this morning, I experienced something only a few fishermen can experience in a lifetime---landing a huge Kentucky Spot on the fly rod. I was told at the dock that this could be a record for Alabama on the fly rod. I will check and let you guys know. -----Side note: little did I know this would be one of many big Spotted Bass I would land on Smith in the coming years!!
The big bug had a death hold
A proud guy even if part of his hat is gone--all that