March 16, 2005
WARNING! We've had a week of stiff, cold breezes so I'm feeling a little windy!
We (Dave Arnold & I) went bass fishing "the other day". I knew the jerk bait bite was on, so we each had one lure only tied on one pole. I had a Sparkle Green Rogue and Dave had a Baby Bass Rogue. On our first stop, which was a small underwater point with a 12ft flat surrounded by 25+ ft water, we (Dave) caught a 14 lb and a 9 lb Striper, a 6 lb Small mouth, and another Smallie of about 3.5 lbs. Our next stop was a steep chunk rock bank on the main lake. Here, we (Dave again) caught two more Smallies of approximately 3.5 lbs. Finally on this same bank I caught my one and only bass of the day.....an 8 lb Largemouth! After this morning flurry of activity, we never caught another fish. A great day in early March on Kentucky Lake!
Here's the clincher......
This day, "the other day" occurred six years ago on my guided trip with Dave. I was so confident we'd have a good day that I entered us in the first open tournament of the year (The Poor Boy Tournament). We won the tournament with five fish weighing 24 lbs plus change, we also won Big Bass! True Story! What a thrill!
The reason for this story is:
1. There are many days on the water that memories like these keep me going.
2. There was a big tournament this past weekend and several bags over 20 lbs were weighed-in. Congratulations to every angler who went out there and gave it their all!
3. I bass fished with Bob Ballantine and his buddy, Jack, last Friday. Two finer people (anglers) never set foot in my boat. We had a tough day (25+ MPH wind with rain and snow mix off and on)! Bob asked if my fishing report was truthful. I told him that so far, yes. The day Bob, Jack and I fished, we caught (to the best of my memory) eight bass. We each caught one over 15" (legal size) and Bob also caught a nice Small mouth. I had a lot of fun and I think they did also. We fished all day thinking our next cast was going to be the "Big One". We saw lots of wildlife....this week I've seen: ducks, geese, turkey, Loons, Cormorants, deer, coyote, Bald Eagles, Vultures, Seagulls, and a big Bob Cat. While we felt the sting of the wind, ice and cold, we knew we were glad to be living and be part of nature. Thanks Bob & Jack, for getting me out on this day!
My best day of the past week was 21 fish with seven 15+ inch fish. Caught on shallow and medium running cranks. 7 ft deep on East side. 3 ft deep on West side. Main lake and secondary points with wood. Also, caught fish on 5 inch Chartreuse Kalin Grubs in brush on main lake 10 to 18 ft deep.
Best day was 29 fish, above average size (1.5 lbs). Worst day was 16 fish, above average size. Fish are 3 to 5 ft deep on flats, points, and brush. Caught some on points with stumps using a bobber and a jig, set 3 ft deep.
See ya next week!
Captain Kirk, out.