Day after day, I would go to the river and plug away hoping that some keeper sized fish are still around. I really wanted to catch a keeper fish on a plug and also bring home a fish for the family to enjoy on new year’s. I had 2 days left – it was Dec 13, and the open season was about to close.
The usual spots had the usual bunch who had the place covered with at least 3 rods per angler soaking bunker. There was no space for me to move and cast around, so I said my hellos and then left to cast at other spots.
I went to the other spots and gave it a few good casts. I think I moved at least 3 to 4 spots before finding the fish. Along the way, I met an old lady who told me she had a boat further east and use to fish a lot when she was much younger. She didn’t believe that the black bomber was any good, “use a white one… its better!” But its dark now, the black will be better. She said she is going to go back to her house and if she has her lures at home, instead of the boat, she would give me to use them. So off she went, and off I went to another spot.
BAM! The currents were fast and furious, and pulling my lure very close to the rocks. It would probably snag soon if I didn’t get a big hit from a very hungry bass. The fight was on! I was fighting the fish and the current. But I fought back hard and didn’t give the fish a chance to go close to the rocks to break me off. A few minutes later and a treacherous climb down the rocks, I managed to land the fish. I gripped it on the lips with a boga-type tool and pull it out. Feels like a keeper. It weighted around 12 pounds on the un-certified and most likely unreliable boga-type tool, but it definitely measured 31 inches.
It was definitely delicious!