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1st Keeper 2012 ~~~ 4-21-12

1st Keeper 2012 ~~~ 4-21-12

after having a few bass last week I was amped up all week for Saturday...Just hoped the fish show up a little stronger than last trip.. which they should..

to the ramp @ 10am (water 2-3 degrees warmer..)
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Water - 53-60
Wind Ssw @ 15-25 ( Many Gusts )
Air 65-70
High Noon
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Poked around for an Hour until I Broke the ice @ 11 am when I snagged a 17" bass as he bumped the lure..gave it 2 more drifts but nada..

Made a change and Decided to check out some new spots...
4-5 new spots nada..
.. Found one that looked really promising...5-6 casts in .. saw some bait swim..
Had nice hit.. Nice fish on... Drag zinging and really got the new custom rogue rod bent hard for the 1st time ~ really nice.
27.875"... Almost had my 1st keeper 2012..

about an hour later, found some more bait and had another keeper size fish follow right to the boat...I was just reeling in fast to re-cast..when he shoot out of the dark and did a drive by...I let out a big WHOA..casted back up to where he was as a drifted away..2 more quick casts and I had a nice bite and hooked into a nice 27"..

Good to see a Bigger fish around.....just had a feeling I would get that keeper today...
Took me 3 more hours, many casts and picking through 7-8 small bass...
But I hooked into a really healthy 32" Bass... great fight. Drag on the New Shimano Stradic(loaded with the new PP super Shades was set a little light - but I could change it during the fight..
cranked him in as fast as I could - made some nice runs and I got a chance to test out my larger fore grip I made for such a situation...a really nice addition on light rod. worked great when the fish came in close and went under the boat.. ran me a round the deck until I could hand grab that bucket mouth....quick measure and pict...swam him a for a bit until he was ready to go which wasn't long in the cold water....bite down on my hand and ZOOM shot of like a rocket.. 1st keeper of 2012 - earliest I ever had a Keeper.

Bite really died around 2:30 - should of left earlier...but I love scouting this time of year with Minimal traffic..no other hits - the wind really picked..

Done @ 4pm ...

got stuck behind a very small craft on the way back in barely making way against the tide and wind...

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Total:
1 Keeper Bass ( 31.875")
1 Just Shy Bass ( 27.875")
13 Schoolie Bass ( 15-27") Most 16-17" - only a few other nice sized fish 25", 26", 27".
15-20 missed bites Bumps
1 Follow the boat by keeper sized fish.
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- Expected it be overcast all day -- but it was BRIGHT sun..although the nasty wind kept it very cool.
- Ospreys diving on fish
- nice to see schools of bait.
- added a few shots from winter drawings..
- Fantastic 2nd boat trip..

use only 1 lure the whole trip...pretty beat after 15 fish..PINKY!

pd


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