Saturday I went to Pickerel Lake in the afternoon because I heard that pike bite better in the afternoon. Threw a Dardevle until I snagged it up, then chucked a big white spinnerbait. No action. I even fished a different part of the lake that's closed from May through September so some fancy birds can mate there or something. The water over there is pretty shallow, and a guy I met there and was fishing with caught a small bass. Maybe next year when Mallard opens...
So, I didn't really want to end the year on back-to-back skunkings, and when I got off work this morning it didn't seem that cold and it was totally overcast, good fishing weather...
Threw a 3" WildEye Swim Shad and had this 16" bass engulf it right at my feet! I guess this time of year they follow for a long time before committing, so it might be best to reel all the way to shore.
So this may be the last fish of the year, maybe not...
I've kept complete track of every fish I've caught on which lures, so maybe later I'll post a report on how I caught over 600 bass this year. Mostly Senkos and Rapalas...
I finally got out for some breakfast time bassin.
I hit a local neighborhood retention pond. Not much action I pulled two dinks on a small suspending rapala. I had two nice sized bass follow up right to shore but they didn't commit. I had to leave my hands were freezing, too bad seemed they were getting a little bit aggressive by 9:30.
I'm going back out tomorrow, I think I may wait til 9 or so before I head out.
I count how many fish I'm catching while I'm fishing, then when I get home I type it into notepad and post here. I also carry a little notebook in my backpack/tackle bag for those occasions when I'm getting lots of fish on different lures so I don't forget. Sometimes its easy to forget...
As for the colors, I generally try to use gold Rapalas when its cloudy or dim water, and silver when its bright or clear water. So the sky and water conditions effect my choices most of all.
Same with the Senkos. I used the clear in clear conditions and the cinnamon in darker situations. I also used bubblegum and chartreuse which both kind of glow in very murky water.
I personally don't put too much faith in lure color. I believe there are more important factors such as:
#1 - Retrieve method/speed. Whether its a twitch, pause or steady retrieve and the speed.
#2 - Size. Sometimes you have to downsize, and on good occasions you have to upsize!
#3 - Depth. Not that big of a factor for me since I mainly fish shallow ponds and the shallow Fox River. Although sometimes a topwater or Senko on the bottom works best.
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