“All I can say is wow!”
The tease with the link to this update and the above quote are both from our current leader, Mark Balbinot, and I must say they summed up my reaction to the latest email quite nicely. Mark also added that “I have had one of the best late fall fishing seasons I have ever had… Almost scary.”
Scary in a good way and I’ll simply let Mark’s words and pics tell the rest of the story.
“Ended up going today, Sunday (12/11), and wasn’t sure I could even get on the lake. To my surprise water was running in from another lake and had melted the area at the boat ramp that had ice on it yesterday.
Water temp has dropped to 39.8 degrees and water clarity was still around 5 feet. Started out throwing that char/blue crankbait. Didn’t get my first bite until a little over an hour had passed and lost it. A few casts later I finally got one in the boat… about 13 inches. At least I wasn’t going to get skunked.
Then I switched over to a 3/8 oz. underspin with a LFT Booted Tail Magic Shad in Magic Shad color. Added some chartreuse marker to the tail section and went to fish a flat with a little grass still on it in about 10 to 12 feet of water. Was crawling just above the bottom. About the 5th cast with it I had good one on. Weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. which was going to cull my 5 lbs. 8 oz. Good upgrade.”
Date: December 11
Location: Fulton County strip pit
Lure: 3/8 oz. underspin with a LFT Booted Tail Magic Shad
Structure: Flat with a little grass in about 10-12 ft. of water
“About a half hour later I caught 2 more on back to back casts, one at 4 lbs. 3 oz., the other at 3 lbs. 6 oz.”
“Twenty minutes after that another good one at 5 lbs. 13 oz. Are you kidding me!”
“I decided to make one more pass over that flat and was rewarded with my biggest fish of the year at 7 lbs. 7 oz.! It is December right? Total top 5 for the day was 27 lbs 2 oz.”
Top 5 Weight: 32-13 (7-7,6-8,6-5,6-5,6-4) culled 5-15 and 5-8
Below are video links to Mark’s outstanding day as well as a bonus piece.
December 11 trip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIQd_kGbdHw
So You Like to Fish - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHPRlgwXuGM&t=9s
Pretty amazing stuff placing our 2016 leader into a tie for the all-time Top 5 weight. Simply an incredible and entertaining run of big bass over the last two months helping to push our updates into some uncharted late season territory. Sure is fun to have some more bass to post on the heels of a subzero day. Talk to you later. Troy