Friday, April 23, 2021

The Spotted Bass a Worthy Opponent on the Fly Rod

 Jeff and I started our Smith Lake fishing season off with a bang Tuesday, fishing high water 10 ft. above full pool. Two generators were active during the morning but that didn't stop both of us from landing some nice Spotted Bass and a few quality bluegills.

Jeff landed this nice Spotted Bass in one of the nooks close to the launch, using what else the famed Boogle Bug popper. The male bass put up a tight fight!!
The size 10 Boogle Bullet was what got this Bass's attention. It is the smallest Boogle popper in the collection. Moving this popper will cause it to go subsurface and then float upward. The hit will usually occur when the popper is sitting still. This bass just couldn't resist inhaling the small popper. The two best colors in the small bullet collection are white and electric blue.
A few bluegills were taken using the White and Electric Blue bullet letting the popper rest motionless for a few seconds and then wait for the take. The really big bull bluegills haven't moved into the back of the nooks yet to get ready for the spawn. Water temps play a big part in the spawning process and the temps at 65 degrees in Smith at the present time are too cold for any active spawning. 
I thought I would update you guys on the progress made with the clean-up behind Jason's house and the rest of the houses on the street his house is on after the tornado hit. This is what the common area behind almost all the houses look like before the clean-up was finished last Saturday. 
This image is what the common area looks like now after the Church of the Highlands finished moving all the fallen trees, stumps, and huge limbs from the area. They even filled in all the huge root holes after all the big trees were removed. The Church of the Highlands is the largest in Alabama with a membership of well over 30,000 members. Their mission work is remarkable and many of the residents were so grateful for their assistance in the clean-up effort. Many residents of the subdivision also volunteered to help remove blown insulation, decking material, shingles, and household items that had been blown all over the subdivision. There is still a lot of debris to be moved but everyone felt we made huge progress with Saturday's work. 

Jeff recorded a video using his phone of me fighting a nice Spotted Bass but he missed filming the landing of the fish -- the link for the video is https://youtu.be/-vxwzJqI2vw  -----I was going to share it in this post but for some reason, the video link on blogger would not transfer it into this post because it was not found on Utube.  The only way to find it on Utube was by using the link. I will be filming more videos this season using my Contour video camera so you guys can see just how hard these Spotted Bass and huge Bluegills fight when hooked. 
Sorry, I couldn't be a little more professional with the video but sometimes technology can outwit you. 

14 comments:

Mark Kautz said...

The video still gave a good showing of how the Bass fights.

Michael Agneta said...

Loved the sound of that reel!

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
The Smallmouth that I've landed doesn't compare to this fish when it comes to strength. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Michael
I was actually trying to see if the bluegill had moved into the nook we were fishing when this Spotted Bass just killed the bullet boggle. I was trying to land this fish using my 9 ft. 3 wt. using a 6X tippet. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Bill I have found that any bass is a workout and a half on a fly rod. Bluegills too.

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

It is amazing to see how a community comes together in a disaster. Neighbors become closer friends a lot of the time. If there is a silver lining to the mess, that would be it. Your link issue will help me out, actually. I have some video that I wanted to use... But, will now put it together over on YouTube first. Thanks for sharing your fishing day!

rivertoprambles said...

Boogle for bass & blues, quite beautiful! I'm glad that things are settling down & getting straightened out from all the strange weather of late. Thanks Bill.

Feather Chucker said...

More spots are showing up in NC and they are looked at negatively. I guess because they don't grow as big as largemouth and there's a reputation that they hurt the fishing population. I don't know if that's true or not. I don't think I've ever caught one.

Justin said...

Interesting about electric blue, Bill. It isn't a colour you come across very often in nature. I'm not familiar with those fish species but I'm assuming it's a successful trigger because of the blue in bluegill?

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I agree, lots of fun when the drag goes off---thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

Emily
The community was so thankful for the help that the Highlands offered. A stark contrast from what the Home Owners Association is going to do, which is nothing much as of today. I've found that blogger doesn't work well with videos taken using the cell phone. Thanks for sharing

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I doubt they hurt the fish population, any more than trash fish such as carp and gar. They are a tuff species and can survive in most waters. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
It never gets old landing those amazing fish, using the Boggle Bug poppers. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
I have found that the blue and white poppers are the best when comes to hits from the huge bluegill and the spots. You never know from one trip to the next what color will work for you on a particular day. Thanks for the comment