It took some effort, had me worried with a rough start and at times left me wondering if I still had it in me to cover several miles of entertaining terrain but all turned out just fine in the end. By lunchtime I was beat and sweat soaked but proud that the old strip mine stomping grounds don’t have me whipped quite yet.
Date: September 5, 2016
Location: Knox County strip mines (3 public)
Time: 6:10am-12:10pm (5.0 hours fishing, the rest relocating)
Weather: Sunny/breezy to windy
Air Temp: 68F-85F
Water Temp: no reading
Totals: 28 bass
Lures: Senko wacky rig (electric shad) – 15 bass, Strike King KVD 1.5 Squarebill Crankbait (pumpkinseed) – 7 bass, Dropshot rig with 4” Strike King finesse worm (cotton candy) – 3 bass, Booyah Buzzbait (salt & pepper) – 2 bass, Chatterbait (white) – 1 bass
Top Bass: 2-5 Crankbait
Top 5 Weight: 8-5 (2-5,1-13,1-10,1-7,1-2)
9:34am 13” 1-2 Senko
Notes & Nonsense
Lake One: Day Three picked up where Day Two left off as my sure bet dealt me a shutout and left me wondering if this was the onset of a sort of fishing slump. Once again, diminished water clarity was my reason/excuse as an earlier visit this spring with my brother was quite successful. Well, at least for him, with eleven bass in a couple hours including 2-14, 2-8 and 2-3 along with a bigger on that got away. I only fooled three that day so perhaps it wasn’t water clarity as much as the fisherman.
10:17am 14” 1-7 Crankbait
10:43am 15.5” 1-10 Senko
Lake Two: A revisit to a lake that produced 12 bass on Day One resulted in five more fish in just over an hour with three at 12” or better but Top Bass only 1-0. Lure Breakdown: Senko (2 bass), Buzzbait (2 bass) and Spinnerbait (1 bass).
Lake Three: On the heels of a rough start I elected to put it all on the line with a visit to a spot that requires some effort to access. I’d scouted it out during Day One and found the water clarity I was seeking but wasn’t sure that I had the energy to pull it off late in that day. Being a bit fresher on this day I took my shot and the gamble paid off to the tune of 23 bass in 2.75 hours and included my five largest (or least small) bass of the day with a 2-5 claiming Top Bass honors. The strong finish definitely not only helped ease the sting of not meeting my original expectations for the holiday weekend but also made the long haul back to my truck a bit more bearable. Lure Breakdown: Senko (13 bass), Crankbait (7 bass) and Dropshot (3 bass).
11:06am Top Bass 16.5” 2-5 Crankbait
11:52am Last Bass 15” 1-13 Dropshot
Greedy Bass: My Top Bass came off of a wide point that features a fairly steep drop from about a foot of water into around twelve foot roughly fifteen feet from the bank. The fish hit the Strike King squarebill worked parallel to the dropoff and hit after maybe two cranks of the reel handle. As I lipped and lifted I was amazed by the gut on this thing as it looked quite distended and almost deformed. While unhooking the crankbait I discovered the reason as a rather large panfish tail was protruding from the bass’ throat. Pretty wild at how gluttonous this fish was as it sure looked full to me. My thanks go out to the panfish who took one for the team as it likely made the difference in adding my only two pounder to the log book.
Overall, a productive holiday weekend on the water and my thanks to Julie for taking one for the team as well in allowing me some time away to chase some green fish. If I find time I may churn out another posting from the weekend with some further thoughts and stats. And on another fishing related note, I do have several more contributions at present for a Top 5 update next Monday. Hey, fishing season ain’t over yet. Talk to you later. Troy