Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 335: Eleven Months Down, One To Go

The action was on top today at lunch.
When: Wednesday, April 11th, from 12pm to 12:30pm
Where: A farm pond near my office
What: Topwater fishing
Weather: Overcast, 48 degrees, NW wind at 8mph and gusting to 17mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.82in and steady
Relative Humidity: 42%
Moon: Waning, 4 days after full
Water Conditions: Stained, but much clearer than normal

When I stepped outside for lunch today and saw the clouds in the sky, I immediately thought "topwater."

There haven't been many times that I've had ample cloud cover during the day, and I just had to see if I could get the farm pond bass to smack a surface lure. Not to mention, I'm hoping to have similar conditions on Saturday, and if I could get a bass to bite a topwater, I'd have lots more confidence tossing a Gambler or a Jackpot to the muskies.

My hunch paid off.

I got to the farm pond and immediately tied on my "special" Zara Spook. I started plugging away at the shoreline, but after a couple dozen fruitless casts, I began to lose hope.

Then it happened.

During one of the casts, I was either staring off into the brush or fixing my tie, subsequently allowing the Zara to sit still on the surface for five seconds.

When it got smacked.

It wound up being the biggest blow-up of the outing, but I didn't connect. Still, I had a piece to the puzzle. Another cast, a few side-to-sides and one, two, three, four...

Smack. And this one stayed stuck.

I repeated this pattern for the next 20 minutes and landed four bass and had many more hits. The bass I landed were no monsters, but I'll take that kind of topwater action at lunchtime any day.

Now if I can only get the same love from the skis on Saturday.

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