Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 44: Topwater Time

Ankle deep in Farrington Lake working a Zara Spook.
When: Saturday, June 25th, from 7pm to 9pm
Where: Farrington Lake
What: Topwater fishing
Weather: Party Cloudy, 80 degrees, 10-15 mph NW wind
Moon: Waning. Several days after the third quarter.
Water Conditions: Warm and clear.

It's not often that I don't bring a whole lot of lures with me, but I had only one thing in mind tonight.

Topwater fishing.

The vast majority of my bass fishing from now until September is done before 7am and after 7pm. These lowlight hours are when fish will do the majority of their feeding during the summer and it's also the best time to use topwaters.

For those less familiar with the term "topwater," I use it to refer to baits that stay on the surface, and in particular the ones that make noise. Buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, Hula Poppers, Jitter Bugs, Rebel Pop-R's, Knuckleheads and Buzzjets are just a handful of baits that can provoke some incredible strikes. Seeing a fish smash a topwater is one of the most exciting things to experience in fishing and this is a great time of year for it.

Since I was itching to get out of Union County, Lindsay and I headed out to the closest place I knew of that had decent bass fishing. I used to fish Farrington Lake quite often when I lived in Middlesex County, and I knew a spot that might have some bait and hopefully some feeding fish.

For the record, it took me no more than 30 seconds to teach Lindsay how to work a Zara Spook. She is definitely a fast learner when it comes to fishing, but I would strongly encourage anyone who isn't familiar with "walking the dog" to get themselves a Spook or a Sammy, do a search on YouTube and try it out.

We started fishing just after 7pm and an hour later when the sun was setting, I started seeing herring flipping. I was hoping that the bass, pickerel or maybe even a pike would soon be on their heels.

No such luck.

Even without a fish, this was an absolutely wonderful evening. The weather could not have been more perfect, I hadn't been to Farrington in probably 10 years and had completely forgotten how nice it was, and.........I spent a beautiful summer evening fishing with my best friend.

Ain't life grand.

Next Up: Carp fishing with Pat.

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