The first trip was a success and resulted in two of the three largest largemouth I have landed this year at 18.5" and 19.75" last week at the Smithfield HOW Event. I followed that trip up with a tournament win at the inaugural Hooked for Breast Cancer benefit tournament. My latest outing was a trip to the local neighborhood pond having not fished it since July and August of this past summer. The plan was to keep it simple as far as tackle goes - a spinning rod with a small finesse style soft plastic worm, an ultralight spinning rod with a beetle spin for the crappie and bluegills, and a frog rod in case any topwater action was happening.
I launched shortly after lunch and was greeted to a pleasant day in the mid-70's with the slightest hint of a breeze crossing the surface of the pond. I started off by targeting the now withering lily pads with the frog, then would follow up with a few casts using the finesse worm and ending with the beetle spin. I worked this pattern for the first half hour until I missed a massive blow up on the frog. That told me all I needed to know. The ultralight and finesse worm were stowed for the time being and I focused on the frog. I eventually coaxed a couple of bass into the Hobie on the frog, but none of them were substantial by any means.
Back to the fishing.......
In a pond of this size, the depths are not huge but the structure is everywhere. Some of it is fized like the submerged trees and stumps, while other forms of structure are transitional. These forms include algae mats, floating clumps of leaves and my favorite - floating logs. While targeting a submerged tree, I saw what looked like the top of a tree in the middle of the pond. As I maneuvered closer, I noticed that it actually was a huge floating laydown from where a tree had fallen in the water at some point and had ended up towards the shallow end of the pond. The top of the tree was just barely afloat and created a prime staging area for a bass in the middle of the pond.
I fired off a cast past the laydown and let the plastic worm drop straight down before beginning my retrieve. The first cast got hit hard at the kayak but came unbuttoned. I fired off a second cast and worked it just like before but then paused as it came closer to the kayak. Even with my finger on the braided line, the pickup was virtually undetectable until I saw the line moving away from me. A quick vertical snap hookset and the fight was on. Thirty seconds later and the battle was over - a nice chunky 17.5" largemouth made it's way onto the measuring board!
The best action on the day was captured in video form as well, so enjoy the video montage.
The fall transition is in full swing, so get out there and satisfy those fishing urges you have.
Tight lines and be safe!