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.
- 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.
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 Techniques! I will 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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