It's know for it bass fishing and has a very good population of pike - that was the target today. Bass or fish with big teeth...hmmm...I'm going teeth with a side of bassy bi-catches.
We were on the water by 4:30am and the sun was still well below the horizon. I could have easily gotten started later but I did not want to miss prime time top water action. We fished the channel for a little bit but wasn't seeing any action so we made our way to the main lake. Once on the main lake, we noticed a nice section of large rocks that protected a small harbor. This is where we started the fun!
Before you knew it, it was fish on time. Buzz baits, jitterbugs, wake baits - all producing blow ups. I started off with a small bass that wasn't worth a picture. Then Woz landed a nice 31" pike. I hooked a pike on a wake bait. When I went to land it with the net, the front treble hook got snagged on the netting and i couldn't get the actual fish in there. After a few seconds of trying, fish off. That was the first heartbreak of the day and cost me 15 points for kayak wars.
The second was when I hooked up with a really nice bass on a chatterbait. Pulled him through all the weeds and right next to the boat. Tried to get a thumb in it's mouth and that was all she wrote. So long fish - that was 10 kayak wars point down the drain.
After that, I got my stuff together and started landing these fish! When all the smoke cleared, I ended up with 2 pike in the boat and about a dozen bass. The numbers were there but the size wasn't. The pattern seemed to be pretty common. Everything came off of a dock post or right after whatever lure I was throwing ripped through a weed. If I wasn't ripping through weeds or banging a post - I got nothing. Naturally, it didn't take me too long to put that all together so that was my strategy throughout the day.
I suspect that if I had focused slightly deeper and targeted some of the suspended fish with jerk baits, I might have picked up some larger pike and bass. I was having too much with the shallow stuff though so I never really bothered.
Here's some fish porn to conclude today's post