The day started off with hitting the water at 7am as the sun crested the horizon here in Richmond, VA. I had family commitments that required me to stay close to home today, so I opted for the local neighborhood pond again. As I pedaled out across the pond looking for signs of life, I started seeing shad busting everywhere and a few top water strikes. Armed and ready with my Bull Bay Rods and PowerTeam Lures, this had the makings of a stellar day. Unfortunately, the bite was nowhere to be found for some odd reason. I was in search mode and was swimming/twitching a JP Hammershad, twitching a weightless Sick Stick as a topwater wake/slash bait and even wacky rigged one - no dice save for one hard swipe at the Hammershad but it didn't come tight.
I worked every lay down, overhang and brush pile I knew of in this pond and nary a bite was to be found. I knew a storm front was fast approaching, plus the start of the full moon cycle was in effect, so I was going to have to work for this one today. After five hours of no action, I took a quick pit stop to recharge with a bite to eat then back at it. I decided to change tactics and slow down and revisit the spots I had already powered through previously. The tactic worked.
I switched over to flipping and pitching a PowerTeam Lures 4.5" Food Chain Tube Texas rigged and started covering every nook and cranny I could find. Basically, I staked out using my trusty YakAttack Parknpole, then proceeded to pick apart every inch of a brush pile or overhang.It was painfully slow for my tastes, but it worked. I made repeated flips into the deeper pockets tucked closer to shore and there was where the fish were lying in wait. After 15 minutes, I was rewarded with a smallish bass of 14", quickly followed by a fat 19.75" chunk that weighed in over 4lbs using my new EGO Grips.
All in all a decent day, albeit long.......Total seat time was right at 9 hours, but it was worth it to get on some fish. I also was pleased to break in my new Bull Bay Rods custom flipping stick. It was broken in properly as you can see!