The other night I had a couple of hours that weren’t earmarked so my son Mac and I hopped in a canoe and paddled around on a small area lake in search of giant bucket mouths.
A bucket mouth is another name for the largemouth bass. This is PRIME time for bass, they are scarfing down anything that comes by their bucket.
It was a gorgeous night and rubber frogs were our bait of choice. We were the bait of choice for a deer fly or two and Mac got drilled the worst, on top of his big toe — ”itchy” and distracting!
We were on the water a bit earlier than normal and the bass were not cooperating too well on our first couple of “spots”. But that changed on spot number three and we found them, at least some.
Fishing with rubber frogs (Scum Frogs, Spro Frogs, etc.) is literally a blast but you need to be ready for some serious horsing. We were well equipped but even so things don’t always go easy when trying to bring a bass out of the “slop”. It’s really easy to miss fish while fishing this way but it’s also really exciting. Misses can be as fun as the catching because you can imagine how big that one might have been and remember it next time you are on that spot!
I caught a couple of little buggers (1.5 pounders) but we had some serious eruptions and big fish on that we lost! And yes, that is why they are big. They dig down in the pads, wrap around the reeds and cattails and pretty soon they have won the battle.
So what is the answer to getting them in the boat? Next time, I think we will hesitate a little longer before hammering them on the hook set! Or, I just thought of another idea (something I have never heard of). How about hovering over them with a helicopter and lifting them straight up? People helicopter ski and board, why not fish? Maybe this will be one of our new shows for 2014-15 on “We Love It! Outdoors” television!
Happy and safe Labor Day Weekend to all of you and have a good school year students and teachers! And thank you to all of you seasonal folks for coming to the lake country. Come back this winter and ice fish, ski, snowmobile and all those other winter activities!
p.s. Also, pray for the potential mess in Syria.