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days in a row of below freezing temperatures and I’m sitting here
mourning the passing of 2006’s bass fishing season.
So, while The Tackle Box is hibernating this winter, let’s
take a good look at what the past season brought (and didn’t).
Which was the best month? How
many bass were caught and on what lures?
Even if the review doesn’t help our 2007 season, it sure
can’t hurt… and it definitely beats focusing on the arctic tundra
was (and always is) an exciting time for us!
The preparation and anticipation starts as we bring down our
boats, get the trolling motors on, put in the batteries, and fill the
compartments with our tackle and other gear.
Maybe it doesn’t sound like much, but this is usually a
three-day process. My
actual bass fishing? Well,
I managed just two days at the end of the month during a club outing.
I caught five bass on a Brovarney silver shiner swim jig and
pearl trailer. I tried a
white spinnerbait and a black and blue jig with a pork trailer… no
luck. However, I won the
club outing and went home happy. Not
a bad start.
is always good. It’s the
first full month of inland lake season.
This past May, however, due to various personal situations, I
only got out five days and locked onto just seventeen bass.
My best stringer on the 23rd was nine.
That day the hot bait was a Strike King Premier ¼-ounce golden
shiner spinnerbait, and a Brovarney golden shiner swim jig with a
five-inch matching trailer. I
got nothing on my favorite pearl Yamamoto Senko, but I did stick a few
on a black and blue jig and a white Horny Toad (topwater).
was definitely better. Not
a lot of home projects, so I was out eight days and caught 37 fish!
And June was also great
for the Northern Pike Toothy Craters (they sure like white
spinnerbaits). I caught
the most bass, though, with a Horny Toad (topwater) in white and a few
on the black. I also
caught a few on a Pearl Senko’s, skipped under the docks, and a Pro
Model Strike King (white and chartreuse) spinnerbait.
My best bass day was nine.
also turned out well. I
got another eight days and a not-too-shabby thirty.
Yeah, there were a few Toothy Craters, but what can you do
(they cost me two swim jigs and a spinnerbait)?
But if I’m counting bass, can I also add a Rock Bass?
He hit a green and white Bomber-A crankbait with the vengeance
of a 5-lb largemouth. Wow,
what a fish! He measured
out at twelve inches!
month also turned out to be a good month to do some flipping and
pitching (now that’s what I call fun!).
I LOVE it! I got
most of the bass fishing on wood with grass nearby.
I used a Berkley Jay Yelas ½-ounce jig in black and blue.
My trailer was a Zoom Fat Albert in sapphire blue.
I did well with his brown and green jig, too.
I tried drop-shooting, but I still can’t get out that far
away from shore. Once I
pass five feet, I really get nervous.
what can I say? After
10:00 a.m., it’s nothing but boat after boat and skier after
skier—they seem to come out of every dock and launch in droves.
Having said that, though, I still jumped on 39 bass (not to
mention some Northerns and Muskies).
Again I say, don’t throw white!
I got my best Musky on a black and blue jig—go figure (I
found out real quick that a 40-inch Musky doesn’t fit into a 19-inch
bass net). I got most of
the bass this month flipping that same Jay Yelas jig in the same
areas. I won another club
outing using a Horny Toad and a Brovarney Ghost Swim Jig.
I also tried to fish a 2.5-inch swim bait.
A “walleye” friend of mine suggested I give them a try when
out looking for smallmouth. They
produced a couple of smallies, but nothing big.
He also gave me some Blue Gill and Perch colors and, being a
“walleye” guy, I know he was always around smallmouth.
Maybe this is the start of something big…
was only fair. I got out
six days due to some family commitments, plus I was getting ready for
duck hunting. However, I
still managed eighteen bass. Most
were caught on a Pro Model Strike King spinnerbait in the golden
shiner color, as well as the always reliable white and chartreuse.
I also used a Brovarney golden shiner with a black 5-inch grub
trailer. This one produced
some big fish on one rainy day.
duck hunting in October, I only got out fishing once for a couple of
hours. Still, I landed one
6-inch bass. And I got him
on a white pre-rigged worm. Now,
how’s that for a finish?
there it is… a glimpse of one year’s bass fishing from The Tackle
Box. Maybe some of you did
better and some did worse. But
the bottom line… we fished, we even caught some (and certainly lost
some), and we had fun. And
now we’ll wait (in cold storage) for next season.
Man, what a great life!