Bass at Last!
Catching Bass on Frogs & Spinnerbaits
I finally broke my “skunk streak”! And I had fun by catching bass on frogs and spinnerbaits at one of my favorite fishing locations.
Here’s where I love to go, why, and what worked.
Where: Hawkins Pond, Center Harbor, NH
Back to Hawkins Pond in Center Harbor, NH.
- Acres: 91
- Depth: Average: 11′; Maximum: 33′
Why do I love Hawkins so much? Simple. It’s small. SO, even with a BassHole powered Hobie Float Cat 75 (propelled by my own brawn with oars, flippers, or both), I can cover a lot of water in the lake.
More reasons to love Hawkins!
There are other reasons I love Hawkins, too:
Fish Location. I know where to find fish. If you look at the map above, and see the little black box with the 2 people in a canoe (Hawkins is a restricted water allowing only motors 8 hp or less), then draw a line past the number “10” and straight to the other edge, THAT’s where I find the most bass. Now, they may be in other areas as well, but that I’m just not finding them yet.
I used my new FishHunter to map the bottom as I rowed my way to the other side, and got the attached image, as well as plenty of signals that there were fish holding in that water. However, I wasn’t able to entice them to bite. Perhaps I can’t get down deep enough, the fish may not be feeding, I’m using the wrong lure, the fish are too small for the lures I’m throwing, or all of the above!
I’ll keep using the FishHunter and try to hone my skills.
Good Weed Cover. One of my favorite ways to catch bass is with topwater. And the weed cover at Hawkins is terrific for these techniques.
During earlier trips, the vegetation was all still dead, and so not producing any oxygen in the water, or cover from the sun. But now the vegetation is back in bloom! And beneath the surface of all this mess, bass lurk to strike their prey.
- Solitude. As I said, Hawkins is a restricted pond, so there aren’t a bunch of guys fishing in their high powered boats. My buddy used to bring his boat here (it’s how I learned about the place), but only used his trolling motor. However, the locals finally reported him, and he’s not able to return with his bass boat. So even with a boat that can over a lot of water on a lake, Hawkins is a popular place to go.
Often, it’s just me and the critters, like the Canadian geese.
But on this day, I did meet another fisherman. He had a square back canoe with a trolling motor attached, and he was really buzzing along! Makes me realize how much faster, easier, and more fun having a trolling motor would be!
Success & What worked!
My first bass was in that vegetation in the photo.
Those of you who have read my post on my favorite topwater already know I love frogs!
The Booyah frog was one of the free lures I received as a premium when I joined BassMaster last year while I was injured.
- Hollow body protects hooks viagra ohne rezept in holland.
- Sturdy double hook at rear of bait.
- Aerodynamic shape eases movement through pads and weeds.
- Virtually 100% weedless!
- Spinnerbait style legs.
I threw this bait right into the thick weeds, and was able to pull it back without any hangups.
I let it rest, then pull – pull – pull, rest, etc. And finally, CRASH! A bass broke up onto the lure and got himself caught!
As bass are liable to do, he went right for the bottom. He managed to wrap my line around a submerged twig, so I had to move over to where he was, carefully pull the line away, and then I had him at last.
I failed to notice that the struggle resulted in the body of the frog turning 180 degrees, so the double hook was totally exposed. I learned that fast enough when on the next cast I hauled in a softball size clump of pads and weeds!
Overall Ranking: 9 out of 10 – Get one!
This was the first time I fished this lure. It won’t be the last! And I’ll be sure and get more, because it slips perfectly through the weeds, right where the bass like to lurk.
Of course there are many other types of frog lures, too, many that I love as well.
In case you are interested in the other models, I’ve provided a link below.
But wait, there’s more!
I also caught bass with another one of my favorite baits, the spinnerbait.
There are a lot of different spinnerbaits, and each is designed to handle different conditions.
Since I was fishing a spinnerbait by casting it deep into cover, and then reeling it back to me, I wanted a spinnerbait that could move through very weedy areas. Many fishermen wrongly believe that a spinnerbait will always hang up in weeds, but that is not the case. For all the wire, blades, hook, and hardware on these babies, they can be remarkably weedless.
- The tandem (2) willow leaf shaped blades on this spinnerbait help provide lift and make it easy to drag it over weeds.
- Uses flex wire alloy frames to maximize vibration.
- Blades are jeweler’s grade plated.
I’ve always thought there should be bass right in that area, but never managed to catch one, until this trip!
While I was fishing, the other gentleman in the canoe went past, and I asked how he was doing. He told me he had caught 3 (so he beat me by 1!). I asked what he was using, and he pointed at my lure, and said, “I only use spinnerbaits. There’s no trick to fishing them, and there are plenty of bass here willing to eat them.”
Overall ranking: 7.5 out of 10 Try ’em!
I only ranked these 7.5, not because of the spinnerbait itself, but because I disagree with my canoe fishing friend.
There are a lot of ways to maximize your use of spinnerbaits, depending on a myriad of factors.
The types of blades:
- Indiana (sort of between the first 2).
- Any of a million colors!
- 1/4 ounce.
- 1/2 ounce.
- 3/4 ounce.
- As well as lighter and heavier ones!
- Material made of.
- Fast – on top.
- Fast – under water.
- Slow roll.
Way to much to cover in this post! I’m working on another post describing the breadth of use for spinnerbaits, so keep watching!
Meanwhile, I wanted to provide you with access to a variety of spinnerbaits.
Just be careful when you toss your spinnerbaits!
I almost always end up coming close to this floating dock, and so of course want to throw a bait to attract any bass nearby (or underneath).
In the past, I’ve hung up on the chains that hold the doc in place, but I’ve always managed to get unhung and keep fishing. Though I doubt any bass would be interested after I’ve hauled myself up to the dock to retrieve my bait.
This time I threw my spinnerbait right on top of the dock, so I could pull it down and let it fall into the water.
I caught me a dock!
But my spinnerbait disappeared! I realized I was hung up on something, but I didn’t know what or how until I got closer and had a better look at the top of that dock.
My spinnerbait had landed and gone right between the gaps in the wooden boards making the dock!
Now I was afraid a bass might grab the spinnerbait, since there would be no way that I could think of to get the fish!
But that did not happen. I was amazed I was able to get the spinnerbait back up out through the same slots, and then keep fishing.
That was one of the few times I’ve felt lucky NOT to get a bite!
Farewell for now!
I will definitely be going back to Hawkins Pond, now that I’ve located some bass hiding beneath the weeds.
I’ll use my frog(s), and fish much more thoroughly, and a lot slower. I’ll share those tips when I’ve landed the proof that there are a lot more than just 2 bass waiting to be caught in the weeds of Hawkins Pond!
Meanwhile, I hope you have pleasant fishing adventures of your own, and that when you do, you share your triumphs AND your follies here so they can be enjoyed by and instructive to your fellow BassHoles.
Roger, The Smiling BassHole