This weekend I went fishing at a local reservoir. And didn’t expect to get much action. However, I was excited to test out my new 3/8oz jigs I bought off Amazon. I love the jig head & skirt color combination. I bought a variety. However, I decided to started with the red and black coloring. And for a trailer I used a soft plastic craw which was red with black spots.
I reasoned this bass fishing lure set up and color combination would be most effective because of the water conditions. More specifically, it had been raining consistently. Causing water to flow through the creeks into the reservoir. This obviously makes the water extremely muddy. In muddy fishing water, with low water clarity, it’s important to use extremely dark color combinations for your fishing lure. This maximizes its profile. Making it easier for largemouth bass to see.
Pro Tip: bass have trouble seeing in muddy water, I’ve learned they tend to favor shallow water. And are also found along the shoreline/bank of a reservoir. With this being said use a dark color lure, in shallow water to target largemouth bass. Anyway as I casted out adjacent to the waters edge I moved my jig extremely slowly along the bottom. I moved the lure about 1 inch in distance per second. Occasionally, I stopped and let it sit in place for multiple seconds. I was intentionally mimicking a crawdad.
And specifically placed my lure moving parallel to an extremely steep drop off point. I knew if my theories were correct in this instance, than, this is most likely where a bass would be. And realizing I was at the right spot, I kept my lure, in the strike zone for as long as possible. While keeping the possibility of a fish interested in it. Eventually, I thought to myself, was that a nibble? It was so hard to tell. But, I felt something, almost like a fish bumped the lure. I knew this was my chance. My gut was telling me, there’s a big largemouth bass feeling out the prey. I maintained my consistent jigging motion in hopes I’d get a strike. And within two or three seconds the line was pulling in away from me. That’s when I realized it wasn’t a snag and in fact a fish was running with my lure. I immediately, pulled up my rod and hooked the largemouth bass. It almost got away, the fish was clearly a big fish, I’ve caught enough to realize that. Even on my Medium Heavy Action Shakespearefishing pole I had trouble bringing it in. I thought my pole won’t break, but, my 12 lb test line might. It took me a minute or two to bring in. I tried as quickly and safely as possible to land the fish without any foul play. I was successful, and when I saw it, adrenaline shot through me. I almost fell into the water. However, I managed to pull the largemouth bass out of the water and put him on a scale. This is my 5.40lbs personal best largemouth bass.
I often went fishing up in Maine during the summer. Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn’t bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: “Wouldn’t you like to have that?”
Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?
Roberto Clemente wasn’t much of a fisherman. When he was a kid, he was working when he wasn’t playing baseball, and when he wasn’t doing either, he was sleeping, with time out somewhere along the line for eating. After he became a star, he continued to be too busy to do much fishing even though the waters around his native Puerto Rico are teeming with game fish. Winter ball, his business on the Island, and other and varied activities gave him little time for leisure. Among the latter were his interest in kids, particularly underprivileged kids. And he knew that kids like to go fishing. Last summer Roberto beamed, his dark eyes sparkling, when he discussed with this writer a project underway at his home in Puerto Rico. “We are building a pond and we will stock it with fish so that the kids can come there to fish and have fun. It goes down to a big rock and then makes a sharp turn. It is 330 feet down to the rock and almost that much after the turn.” The pond, he said, would be stocked with several species of fresh-water fish indigenous to Puerto Rico, “and trout, too,” he added. He didn’t say how the kids would get out into the country to the pond to fish. He didn’t say where they would get the fishing tackle and bait if they didn’t have any of their own. He didn’t have to. Knowing Roberto Clemente we knew that he’d get them there, furnish the bait and tackle, and probably throw in a picnic, too. He’ll be missed by a lot more people than baseball fans.
Roberto Clemente, circa summer 1972, as paraphrased and quoted in “Fishing Well: Clemente & the Kids’ Fish Pond” by Jimmy Jordan, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tuesday, January 2, 1973), p. 17
Richard Friedenberg Fishing Quote | A River Runs Through It Fishing Quote | Norman Maclean Fishing Quote
Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish and of forgetting that the fish has a hook in his mouth, his gullet, or his belly and that his gameness is really an extreme of panic in which he runs, leaps, and pulls to get away until he dies. It would seem to be enough advantage to the angler that the fish has the hook in his mouth rather than the angler.
Ernest Hemingway, introduction to S. Kip Farrington Jr., Atlantic Game Fishing (1937).
Danny Kaye Fishing Quote
When they’ve got two weeks vacation, they hurry to vacation ground… They swim and they fish, but that’s what I do all year round.
Strike King’s rage tail structure bug (delta red) soft plastic fishing lure is my personal favorite. I find it to be the best bass fishing lure when it comes to trailers. There are many ways to use this lure. I personally enjoy rigging the rage tail bug on a bico 3/8 oz jig and using it as a trailer. When fishing the rage tail structure bug I fish parallel to the bank. Usually on a steep bank. And pop the lure off the bottom to imitate a crawdad or crayfish. Crayfish are typically red in color. So that’s why I like to use a rage tail structure bug delta red. Also, when applying the bait to my jig I make sure my skirt is red and black. Keeping it finesse makes it look in tact and like it’s the real deal. The larger the bass you catch the harder it will be to outsmart it. Remember, bass are incredibly smart species. They learn from the past run ins with times they were caught by anglers. This makes adults more hesitant when preying on bait. However, if you imitate a natural bait fish and use the same presentation in color, movement and size then you’ll get more bites.