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Troy Jackson


Mautino Report 8/7

Thu, August 18, 2016

Okay, maybe not the best tease for today’s entry but figured I’d save a few readers some time.  But if you made it this far, thanks for tuning in and hope you find something of interest during the read.

It’s been a busy last month or so on both the work and family side (primarily the work portion unfortunately) leading to 41 days between fishing trips.  And I’ll get this out of the way right up front in saying that my return to the water sure didn’t produce much to brag about.  But in keeping with my personal blogging commitment, you get a report that simply tells it like it is, regardless of results.

Date: August 7, 2016
Location: Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area (2 lakes)
Time: 6:05am-11:50am (4.75 hours fishing)
Weather: Sunny/breezy
Air Temp: 70-81F
Water Temp: 79-81F
Totals: 6 bass
Lures: Dropshot rig with 4” Strike King Finesse worm (cotton candy) – 4 bass, Senko weighted wacky rig (electric shad) – 1 bass, Booyah Buzzbait (snow white) – 1 bass
Top Bass: 1-1 (Buzzbait)
Weight (only 2 bass at 12” or >): 1-14 (1-1,0-13)

Troy Bass
10:30am Top Bass 13” 1-1 Buzzbait

Notes & Nonsense

Plan A – Well, the plan was to hit my top spot first thing in the morning as opposed to my previous routine where it serves as a mid-morning to lunchtime finale.  With this marking my fourth trip to the site over the last two years, I would like to think that I am learning a thing or two about the destination.  But so much for parlaying my “experience” into a healthy catch this time around as two and a half hours on my favorite lake only produced two bites and a Top Bass of 0-13.

Plan B – On the heels of a rough start I decided to gamble on an unfamiliar lake and do some exploring.  I rowed every foot of bank on the 15.5 acre Boss Lake and confirmed my educated guess based on the visible surrounding terrain that the spot was a prototype end cut strip pit.  High walls, clear water, steep drops with twenty plus feet of water a couple boat lengths off the bank (and I’m talking an eight foot boat) and a general lack of shoreline structure.  I’ve fished strip pits for about thirty years and admit that these types of pits are not my favorite.  Instead, I prefer those with a little color and multiple cuts that result in a collection of fingers, pockets, ridges, saddles and humps.  A quality bite proved elusive although I did observe close to a dozen bass in the two-pound range randomly cruising on some drop-offs.

Dropshot – I came in armed with a dropshot setup and it proved to be the winner on the day after my standard Senko, lipless crank and creature bait offerings were generally ignored.  The rig consisted of a 4” Strike King Finesse worm about a foot above what I’m guessing was a quarter ounce weight on a ten pound test leader.  The setup was fished on my 7’ Berkley Bionix spinning rod with a Shimano 2000 reel spooled with ten pound test Trilene.  Sounds like a fancy fishing mag rundown but my reasoning for the gear is that it is all I have and I make the best of it.  Obviously, I’m not a dropshot aficionado but glad I changed up my tactics and fooled a few while getting more comfortable with another weapon in the arsenal.

Dropshot setup

These things are probably older than my oldest kid who will be a teenager next year.

One That Got Away – Within sight of the ramp on Boss Lake as I wrapped up my morning I hooked a short fish on the dropshot from a channel in some submerged vegetation.  Suddenly in the clear water a pair of bass appeared to check out their buddy flailing away and one of the fish was in the four pound class.  While it was an impossibility to hook both on the small dropshot hook (where’s a three treble jerkbait when you need it) I still let the small bass fool around kind of hoping the big bass might try and eat it.  And, for my greed, I got what I deserved as I lost the hooked fish while goofing off and could not raise the lunker again despite five more minutes of trying.

Not sure if August holds any more fish in store as things get wild with the kids and Julie going back to school beginning next week.  I’m okay with sitting out the rest of the month but hope to take some time off work in September and October to work in some casting.  I really dig fall fishing and always look forward to some chances to fool a few more…we’ll see.  Talk to you later.  Troy