We hadn't been on this lake for a few years. The first thing we did was run to an offshore rock bar to give it a quick scan. It's about 1/4 mile long and we marked 3 key spots on it. There weren't any weeds but certain areas had a gravel, large rock mix to it. The shallowest part had 12' of water and the deepest structure we marked was 18'. All 3 waypoints we laid down gave us some healthy largemouth. We picked them off using the 360 and making precise casts with our drop shots to the target. A leader between 12-18" seemed to work pretty good on this day. One thing that really stood out was how the fish wanted the presentation. Some days a fast little shake of the bait sets them off. Today it was holding it still and then slack lining the drop shot so the bait would flutter to the bottom. If you are fishing cover that has fish on it, make sure to mix up your retrieves, it's amazing how much difference it can make some days.
It seems like every trip out lately has the offshore fish biting good. 75% of our rock/gravel/weed spots have biting fish. We literally move if we don't have a bite after a few casts because when you get on the active spots it yields fish on almost every other cast. Logan has been learning how to use the drop shot and really putting a beat down on the fish. On this short evening trip he had me down 6-1. I watched him a little closer and quickly noticed he was letting his bait hit the bottom then slowly reeling it back to the boat. I usually shake mine, move it a little, let it fall,etc. The fish wanted it swimming horizontal real slow and he took advantage of it. At the end he wanted to do some scanning and drive the verado so he jumped in the seat and I sat next to him as took us around a few spots.
We found a really tough bite but after hitting a half dozen spots we found a school that was active. We were both throwing a drop shot rig with a small roboworm on it. The best area was a large patch of gravel with a bunch of softball size rocks scattered around. It was like a dinner table.
My little man crushed a huge bag of bass this morning!!!! His best 5 went 20.98lbs, all on a drop shot. The fish were going nuts when we got there at 7am and continued until we left at noon. Was a great time fishing offshore rocks/gravel and picking off a bunch of fish. Every spot that had gills attacking our drop shots also had big bass on them!
Smallies are in a funk right now. I used the Humminbird Solix Mega Imaging to scan offshore areas of gravel and large rock. After marking a few waypoints I pulled up to them with the 360 and once in place hit the spot lock on the Minn Kota Ultrex. This trolling motor is as good as it gets. It kept me pegged and allowed me to focus on lining up my casts to individual rocks without worrying about the boat moving. Nailed a 5.24 humped back beauty.
Great day on the water picking off fish with a dropshot. Was too windy to sight fish so used the 360 and pinpoint casts to find the beds. Using a tungsten weight was the key to feeling when your rig came into the little clean rocks on the bottom of the newly created bed.
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Have been out a half dozen times getting the motor broke in, the boat broke in and the new season broke in! Going to be some serious adventures from the front deck of this boat this season! Have the Solix units mounted now and ready to tear it up.
38.5 water temsp. Ice off 5 days prior. Fish still in slow mo. After 3 hours of fishing and 4 fish in the boat, a pattern started to emerge. Over the next 4 hours I was able to get the total up to 15. When fishing for giant Smallies, numbers don't always tell the story. On this day however, the best 8 went over 42lbs. Big fish was a 6.45lb mule. 6 others over 5lbs. These are Smallies that I dreamed about for years! One of the keys on cold water days like this is to fish slow, but fish slow in the right spots. If you are not on fish, the day will slip away really fast with poor results. I like to hit key spots, work a few slow casts, then determine if it has fish or to keep moving. Once you find a depth and type of structure, it's pretty easy to jump other spots that are identical and keep catching fish.
Lyal has his Lund 2075 Pro V Bass ready for action. The only thing left is to mount the graphs when they show up. 12' Talons on the back installed with tilt brackets. 10" Atlas heavy duty jackplate. Hydrowave H2 on the bow. We just mounted Bass Boat Technologies plates on our console and bow to hold our Solix 15's. Our lakes have water around the edges and a warm forecast for the next 12 days!