My Birthday Fish Come True!
Where: Griffin Beach, Webster Lake, Franklin, NH
Back to Webster Lake with my Hobie Float Cat 75.
Today is my 63rd birthday! So I’m definitely an OLD BassHole!
I slept in until 6:30 AM. Brenda, My Internet Bride, made us a delicious egg sandwiches for breakfast. Brenda had to work, but I had the day off. So once the weather warmed up above freezing, I shimmied into my waders, pulled on my booties, and hauled my Hobie for 5 minutes to Webster Lake.
- Temperature (Air): 25 degrees to 50 degrees
- Sky: Sunny & Clear
- Precipitation: 0%
- Wind: WNW @ 3 mph to 6 mph (Beaufort Wind Scale)
- Humidity: 57% to 26%
- Visibility: 10.0 miles
- Water Color: Clear
- Water Temperature: 54ish degrees
Results: Caught a nice one!
The water was smooth and glassy when I first arrived. I cast my pig ‘n jig out to the usual spots where I caught bass last year, but without any action. I didn’t see any cruising bass either. So I cast a few more times, then decided to move out past the point and fish the rocks and ledges.
I cast out there a few more times, then, since the water was so calm and there was no wind, I decided to try out deeper than I’ve ever fished there before.
Well, I should say never fished from my Hobie. I had been out there with my buddy once in his boat.
I went to the backside of the island, and cast into the deep water.
On my last trip, I had seen a fish roll out there, so I thought maybe I could entice some fish (maybe NOT bass) to bite my Red Eye Shad.
Red Eye Shad
Using the retrieve recommended by Kevin Van Dam, I threw my new favorite lure, the Red Eye Shad.
I flung the lure out, pulled, let it drop, pulled, let it drop, etc. Then I snagged a rock. That happens a lot in Webster Lake — it’s a shallow lack with LOTS of rocks (which the bass love!).
I pulled, and the rock pulled back. Then, I realized it WASN’T a rock!
Snagged a bass!
Once I realized I did have something on my line, I tried to figure out WHAT it was. Whatever it was, it wanted to stay on the bottom. That should have given me the clue I needed, but I wondered if it could be a salmon? I’ve never caught one before, but of course this critter was not running, as I now realize a salmon probably would. I even wondered if it could be a muskrat? Or a small bear? I mean, this thing was REALLY pulling, but straight down!
Finally I felt the familiar head shake, and finally got the fish up close enough to see. It WAS a bass. A nice largemouth.
She weighed 2.88 lbs., or as I like to say, a 5 pounder!
I let her go, and cast out for another 45 minutes, moving slowly, and then finally headed back for the beach.
But before I let that big girl go, I tried to do a selfie with her.
Tips for other BassHoles
- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Red Eye Shad: Don’t Be Caught Without It!
- If you’re usual spots aren’t producing, try some new “turf.”
- Remember your goal is to catch 5 fish in 8 hours (that’s what a Pro Bass Fisherman strives for), so don’t get discouraged!
- Celebrate your successes. Maybe I only caught 1 fish, but I was happy to catch that!
- Start your own Fishing Log. Record the essential information you can use to guide your future success.
- Enjoy the day and remember, fishing is supposed to be FUN!
I drove my gear home, then spent the afternoon showing off my Birthday Fish Come True photo to my buddies at BassPro Shop. And, of course, spent my birthday loot (BassPro Gift Cards) getting more bass stuff!
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As well as any questions you have, or topics you’d like to see covered.
And have fun out there!
Roger, The Smiling BassHole