Where: Griffin Beach, Webster Lake, Franklin, NH
Today as I launched my trusty Hobie Float Cat 95, I saw bass! From tiny little bass no larger than bait fish, to some very nice one pounders. So naturally, I tried to catch them.
Do. Or do not.
Well, today it was “do not”.
I threw my RedEye Shad, and even lost my favorite color (it was eaten by a tree branch, perhaps as revenge for the stick I caught on my last trip?), but that received no action.
Not even up at the rocky area where I had caught some nice smallies last year. Time to switch gears! And by “gears,” I mean “bait.”
Drop Shot & Dirt Dog
So I used a drop shot rig. Essentially that’s a hook tied with a palomar knot with a long tag holding a drop shot weight on the end. Here’s what I put on the hook:
It’s a “Dirt Dawg,” a new addition to my plastics collection given to me for my birthday by my fishing buddy Dick and his excellent cook wife Deb. As you can see, it features 2 tails! and though it’s hard to see in this photo, the head has little pinchers.
I tossed this up near the shore, and pulled it back slowly. I definitely got the fish’s attention! Plenty of grabs. But it seemed to be only the little bass, tugging on the ends of the legs. Still, I took that as a positive sign, and continued to drag the dirt dog throughout my fishing trip.
Here’s Kevin Van Dam on how to rig the drop shot:
More Sightings: Sonar Style!
Today was the first day I used my brand new FishHunter.
I will write a full review of the FishHunter after I get some experience using it (and master the many features and opportunities!), but for now, let’s just discuss my first thoughts.
Set up of the new FishHunter was truly a breeze! Here’s what I did:
Charged the FishHunter sonar device overnight (they advise charging it at least 4 hours).
- Downloaded the FishHunter App onto my iPhone (well, to be honest, I had already downloaded the App LONG BEFORE I even got the FishHunter! I wanted to start using the Fishing Log).
- Put the sonar device into water. At first I tried putting into a glass of water, but that didn’t work out for me (too much spillage!). So I filled my kitchen sink, and floated the device in there.
- Went to my “Settings” and chose “WiFi.” FishHunter was already listed, so all I had to do was press it and that was it!
Easy-Peasy, Quick and Easy!
On The Water
The FishHunter is capable of many cool tasks, but today I mostly just wanted to connect and see what everything looked like.
To turn the unit on, all I had to do was put in the water. Though you can cast it out with a rod (which I will do in the future), I stuck to the 15 foot leash included with the unit. It will work up to 60 feet away, so I will definitely be using a rod to toss it further and do a map of the bottom in the future.
Now I have no idea if those were BASS that the FishHunter was alerting me to, but I certainly fished like they were! The FishHunter was telling me those fish were between 6 and 8 feet deep, so I tried a lipped crankbait to fish a bit deeper than the RedEye Shad (which is a lipless crankbait).
Had I caught a bass, that would have clinched my belief that the FishHunter works like magic, and once I figure out all of it’s features, I may STILL think so!
Certainly having the sonar will help me to accomplish the Pros’ number one task:
Find the fish!
I can’t wait to learn more about this device and use it on all my favorite fishing spots.
- Temperature (Air): 60 degrees to 65 degrees
- Sky: Overcast
- Precipitation: 0% (hard rain in afternoon!)
- Wind: SSW @ 3 mph to 4 mph (Beaufort Wind Scale)
- Humidity: 60% to 44%
- Visibility: 10.0 miles
- Water Color: Clear
- Water Temperature: Unknown (I thought the FishHunter would tell me the temperature, and maybe it will?, but I didn’t figure out how to do that yet).
Results: Another Goose Egg! (Skunked Again)
The water was smooth and glassy when I first arrived in the cove, but I could see the waves (meaning wind too) just past the point.
I tried out my new FishHunter, and even though I barely know how to make it work, I loved it! It was VERY exciting to hear the sonar “PING” to indicate it had located fish. Now I just need to figure out how to catch them!
My screen would show multiple fish with numbers on them to show depths, and I took a screen shot, but I must not have my camera synched to the FishHunter yet, because they came up blank. But those will be included in future posts!
Listen to a PING! here:
Doesn’t that just make you want to set the hook? (Or dive?)
Used the lipless crankbait parallel along the area about 10 feet from shore where I’ve caught bass before. Also closer to shore where I could see bass. And then I fanned out into the deeper water looking for bass “holding” before the spawn.
Drop Shot Dirt Dawg
Using about a foot of “tag” below the hook, I threw the Dirt Dawg over to the area where I saw cruising bass, hoping to entice them into hitting. Got some pulls, but no bites.
Will need to research how to best cast and fish the drop shot, since today was only my first time even trying it! Not sure if I’m doing it right or not. So, stay tuned!
Wanting to dive a bit deeper into the water column where my FishFinder found fish (6 feet to 8 feet), I put on a medium long lipped crankbait. Not certain where the FishFinder was telling me the fish were located, I played it safe and fished both sides of the finder, as well as other areas in a fan shape.
But, nothing doing.
Here’s my video on lipped crankbaits:
- Shallow Bass Sighting! The bass are coming up to the shore area, so the spawn can’t be far behind. I’ll be looking to hook some big mamas in the days ahead.
- New FishFinder! I need to do some research (aka “read the instructions”) to master the technology now available to me to help me locate and then catch these bass.
- New Techniques! I will also research the drop shot technique to make sure I’m using that to it’s full potential.
- More fun ahead! Looking forward to the weather warming up (finally!) and the fishing heating up with it!
Meanwhile, be sure and let your fellow BassHoles know what’s going on in YOUR neck of the woods, and leave us a comment describing your fishing adventures!
Roger, The Smiling BassHole
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