Jig bite is dead and that's ok. We are on a pattern that is smashing the bass. When 2 hour trips in the afternoon put 40+ fish in the boat, that means that every cast or two is a fish on! They are stacked like cordwood along with the gills and baitfish.
Low 20's and brutal wind makes my hands sting. Add in biting smallies and getting your hands wet, that wind freezes them even more. It's going to take ice too thick to break with the boat to bring this season to an end. A long day in these conditions just makes a guy hold onto the heated steering wheel a little tighter on the way home!
Had a horrible cold snap dump some snow and crash the water temps into the 41-43 degree range. Put the smallies in a funk but we figured out a couple schools and beat them down. Topped off with a 6lb 13oz freak fish!!!! Ended a day with a monster bag of 8!
Found some deep fish on the Humminbird. In 22' of water the graph was loaded with marks. Baitfish, Gills and Bass! I took out a Berkley 25' crank and as that thing got down to the bottom the fish were in no mood to let it go through without blasting it. I don't deep crank much, but a trip like this gives a guy confidence to do it a lot more!
When the water temps crashed and got below 45 degrees, the jig bite really took a hit. Yes guys are still getting some fish on them, but it's not the 50 fish 1/2 days on the water type of bite it was. These fish are from the last trip before that temp crash. They were chomping the 3/4oz A.T.Jig and it was fun!!!!
Was able to sneak out after work for a couple hours and was rewarded with a bunch of nice bass! Water was around 53 degrees and the fish were stacked in the coontail. I like a 3/4oz All Terrain A.T.Jig so I can cast into the clumps and get it to the bottom. The fish either smack it on the fall or as you rip it out of the coontail you'll feel them thunk it and take off. It's worth making short trips if that's your only option.
The water temps crashed almost 10 degrees in a matter of 2 days. The fish slowed down to start with, but after figuring out where they were it was game on. We were fortunate to land a Minnesota beauty, breaking the 6lb barrier. This bass hammered an All Terrain A.T. Jig around the remaining coontail clumps. Using the Humminbird 360 allowed us to easily see the weed clumps to the side and front of boat, allowing pinpoint casts with our jigs. Nothing better then releasing a trophy fish to fight another day!
What an absolute blast the 20phx has provided me with! Quick, nimble, soft, aggressive and killer looks to boot. This boat has handled every condition thrown at it with stellar results. One of my favorite features is driving this boat and how it handles on rails. You can turn sharp and fast and never lose a beat. The fishability with the trolling motor down is second to none. The livewells are huge and take great care of your fish. The padded front deck has made long trips enjoyable. The layout on the 20phx is fisherman friendly. I use the day box and the small compartments next to the cooler every trip and it makes accessing the necessities very easy. The seats are super comfortable and keep you in them when screaming across the water. I've had a lot of boats from a lot of manufacturers. Never have I received so many compliments. Everywhere I stop people come over and look at it. I've heard many people say "That's my dream boat" and it feels great knowing that it is my dream boat and get fish out of it every trip!
I've never really had smallies hit buzzbaits before, but as I crept towards the thinning out coontail clumps I pulled that rod out of the locker and made a cast into an opening. The next 30 minutes changed my view on buzzbait smallies for the rest of my life! As soon as that buzzer started gurgling back to the boat, a set of wakes came from 20' away in a race to crush my bait. As the first fish hammered by bait, I rear back and got a solid hookset into it. After fighting the fish to the boat and flipping it onto the front deck, the girth and pure mean look was amazing. I fired back out into the same opening and again, a fight of multiple fish leaving wakes towards my bait. In 30 minutes I had 8 fish that went over 37lbs, all on the small black buzzbait. One tip is to always have a trailer hook attached to your bait. Multiple fish came into my boat and all that was holding on was the small hook hanging from the rear.
As I came around the back of the boat to lower the talons to back into the garage, I smelled gear lube. I knew right away that something was not right. The first tire I looked at had a fresh drip of lube running down the inside. Upon closer inspection, the inside of the wheel was coated in lube and the seal was leaking. After getting the boat backed into the garage I jacked up the trailer and removed that wheel. I could make the hub move back and forth a little and knew the bearings were going to need replacing. A call to Phoenix got the job in motion and Marine Master sent out a brand new kit with bearings, seals, orings, grease, etc. I now have my big toolbox equipped with a floor jack, hammers, grease guns, bearing kits, seals, etc so if I'm on the road and have an issue, I have every tool needed to get the job done. You never know when something like this can rear it's ugly head.