Monday, May 29, 2006

Eye of the Storm

The weather turned stormy today after a nice Memorial Day weekend.

There were severe thunderstorms north of here and all afternoon it was threatening and dark with rumblings and dark clouds in the distance.

"Seems like a good time to go fishing..."

After a busy weekend of graduations, road trips, more graduations, and an excellent visit with our gang there was only one way to find out if the bass in Evans Lake were hungry.

I tried the soft plastic worm & tubes with little luck. Next I tried a rattle-trap- type crankbait that looked like a baby bass.

I had some success with this but since the treble hooks hung down I was catching every weed in the pond.

I had a new offering that I had picked up on a recent trip to Academy and thought I would try it. It's called a WildEye Swim Shad made by Storm Lures.

Unlike brother Paul, who is known to be successful by sticking to the "tried and true" I am a sucker for trying something new.

This high tech realistic soft plastic is pre-rigged with a lead head jig hook. It has foil and holographic paint and is designed to swim with a very enticing action.

I tried several configurations of this bait - single and multiple- series and parallel. The best one seemed to be a tandem rig with one shad on a short leader (I cut an Eagle Claw snelled hook off and tied the leader on the shad) and the other on one just slightly longer. These two were clipped in to a single swivel and would cast without tangling and on the retrieve would swim side by side in a slightly staggered pattern.

In all I caught seven nice fish - two were over 17" and 2lbs.

Thanks to the WildEye Shad I had a successful "Stormy" afternoon!

1 comment:

eatmorefish said...

I'M buying stock in Academy NOW.
Nice shots of the big mouth.