The weather conditions at launch were:
Air Temp - 41 degrees (Friday), 34 degrees (Monday)
Winds - NNE 2-5mph
Water clarity - 4'+
Lake composition - clay and sandy bottom
I figured what the heck, so I positioned myself parallel with the jetty, then I pulled the Plopper rod from the holder and slung the Plopper near the jetty - slow retrieve but no takers. Second cast was about 4' away from shore but it traversed the drop off into deeper water. Half-way back on the retrieve. and the Plopper is sent flying into the air by an overaggressive buck bass. He hits it a second time and is stuck by both treble hooks. He's landed and released measuring around 10". Another cast into slightly deeper water and that's when things started to get more consistent over the next hour or so.
I switched over to the PTL Tickler and started working laydowns and exposed brush pockets. Landed my best two fish of the day using that technique. Both times, the Tickler hit the water next to the submerged wood and was instantly devoured on the free fall - both times the bass were gut hooked they had inhaled it so deeply before I could even close the bail on the Stradic and set the hook. Both fish measured at 18" on the HawgTrough but sadly my battery had died by that time. But managed to get a pic of this chunky 16" before the battery took a hiatus on me.
Landed 8 bass on the day, lost 2-3 as well. All in all a successful outing in the new Outback I'd say!
I made my way back on Monday but targeted docks and wood for a few hours. Managed a couple small ones but nothing too significant.
I'll be back again continuing my study of this body of water in preparation for landing that elusive monster I know is laying there in wait!
Until next time - tight lines and stay safe!!!