Understandably some of the specifics concerning location don’t always get revealed but we do have good details on whether our fish are coming from public or private waters. Also fun to track is the boat versus bank approaches. And lastly for this portion of the update we’ll take a look at what our anglers are casting with success.
Public vs. Private Water (2014/2015/2016) * = new record
Public = 239 bass (92/52/*95)
Public Top 5 Weight = 32-2 (2014), 31-7 (2015), 30-5 (2016)
Private = 140 bass (53/48/39)
Private Top 5 Weight = 38-10 (2014), 30-0 (2015), 32-13 (2016)
Undisclosed = 17 bass (9/6/2)
Comments: There’s nothing like having a private honey hole. In fact, wish I had more. However, there’s also something to be said for pulling quality bass out of a public body where the fish get pounded by everybody and their brother. Cool to see that public water still leads the pack by a considerable margin in quantity although private waters have shelled out more weight.
Boat vs. Bank (2014/2015/2016) * = new record
Boat = 256 bass (90/63/*103)
Boat Top 5 Weight = 30-7 (2014), 31-7 (2015), *32-13 (2016)
Bank = 134 bass (64/43/27)
Bank Top 5 Weight = 40-14 (2014), 27-6 (2015), 27-12 (2016)
Undisclosed = 6 bass
Comments: So not everybody has a souped up bass boat, modified johnboat or even an eight-foot rowboat so I always find it cool to have a solid contribution from the bankers though they still trail the boaters by a fair margin in quantity. However, the overall quality in our three years shows that those casting from the bank can still hold their ground. For me, I still spend my year on both sides of these approaches and simply get a kick out of quality catches whether on my feet or on my seat.
The Baits (43 undisclosed) * = new record
*74 Plastic Worms (Top Bass 6-8 Mark Balbinot 11/20/16)
Old record 6-6 Jake Breeson 2014)
37 Crankbaits (8-0 Kamryn Kaesebier 4/13/14)
36 Jigs (9-4 Jake Breeson 5/23/14)
36 Spinnerbaits (5-4 Terry Isbell 10/22/14)
31 Lipless Crankbaits (5-13 Troy Jackson 3/21/15)
27 Swimbaits (8-10 Gary Le 5/4/14)
22 Swim Jigs (6-13 Jake Breeson 4/9/15)
19 Creature Baits (6-1 Jeff Marshall 5/23/14)
14 Jerkbaits (5-10 Ty Hartlipp 6/5/14)
12 Buzzbaits (5-8 Terry Isbell 9/14/14)
11 Tubes (Top Bass 5-0 Jake Breeson 4/28/15)
9 Topwater Frog (6-11 Ty Hartlipp 6/11/14)
*7 Chatterbaits (Top Bass 4-10 Mark Balbinot 2/20/16)
Old record (3-6 Bruce Zilkowski 5/3/15)
*5 Underspins (Top Bass 7-7 Mark Balbinot 12/11/16)
No previous record
4 Livebait (5-14 Jim Junk 7/4/14)
4 Ultralights (2-11 Paul Kessler 5/16/15)
*4 Stickbaits (Top Bass 5-8 Randy Sampson Sr. 5/7/16)
Old record 3-6 Bruce Zilkowski 5/3/15)
1 Propbaits (6-2 Jake Breeson 5/1/15)
Comments: The good old plastic worm still leads the way, doubling the catches of the runner-up. Worm styles and presentations have no doubt expanded over the years but tough to argue that the general lure category continues to be a winner. Four new records including the Underspin which made its first appearance with a massive December creel. Not ashamed to admit that I just added a couple Underspin jigheads and a handful of swimbait type bodies to my tacklebox last week.
Back again tomorrow with a further look at our fish…and the anglers who caught ‘em. Talk to you later. Troy
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