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begarb77
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:47 PM 06/26/13 (CST)
Bass the Grass
What was supposed to be a meeting of the kayak fishing group devolved in to a fishing trip with my little brother. That is fine because we don't get out enough in general. After it was apparent that no one was going to show, Zach and I got down to business. The weather was an August type hot, humid, hazy, and sticky. On the water it was steamy. It isn't even July yet.


In the weeds


It still early in the season, but the grass is growing in, which means FROG TIME! Zach and I launched, and started getting large strikes right off the bat. The fish were in the shallows, in the grass and looking upward. Good news for us.


(image from : Cabelas)


The first couple of fish were just little guys. 1 pounders give or take, they were all taken at the grass edge with the my custom finished Float Trap.



This tasty treat available here



Grass edge






These two were sitting in the same place at the same depth, two casts two fish.

Moving into the shallows and into the grass is one of my favorite things to do. I set up deep in the grass, and the lily pads, focusing on the 'windows' of open water between heavy grass cover. It was a very productive afternoon in the slop, landing a couple bass over 4 pounds, several 2-3 pounders, and missing MANY more. That is the frustrating part of frog fishing. There will be 10 times the misses as solid hook ups. Fishing from a kayak make it more difficult to make a solid hook set.

These are just the pictures of the larger fish that I though would photograph well. A couple I got my hand in the way in the excitement for a quick picture, and get fishing again.



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Probably the biggest fish of the day, about 5 lbs.







This is a giant when well fed. This fish is about 24 inches long, but really skinny right now. If I caught this in the fall it would be a BRUTE!


This is how far back in the slop I was. That little off color dot in the middle of the screen is Zach, at the edge of the grass. (shhhh this is where all the fish hide)


He did alright too:

Zach with a 2.5 pounder. It looks small because distance, and Zach is large.

And on the way out I couldn't help take one more cast:

With a wacky worm.

Then it was time to call it a day. Zach and I split a Dagwood at Monmouth market. and headed for home tired, hot, and pretty well satisfied.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:59 AM 06/28/13 (CST)
Great Report! Someone's got to keep the pesky bass in check!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:55 PM 06/28/13 (CST)
Looks like you guys had some fun!!!

I haven't targeted bass in a while, makes me want to give 'em a go!
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:49 PM 06/28/13 (CST)
nice report. I used to use plastic frogs in the slop like this but a few years ago a friend of mine introduced me to slug-o's. Bury the worm hook in it (no sinker). Then you can drag over the top for the aggressive fish but for the less aggressive you can drop it in the clearings and let it sink to the bottom. I've had luck just letting it sit there dead on the bottom for a minute or two, watch your slack line for a pick-up. Set the hook hard, I use a spider wire otherwise you end up breaking a lot of line.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:36 AM 06/29/13 (CST)
Very nice... Thanks begarb77!



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:21 AM 06/29/13 (CST)
What a day begarb77! Nice.

I'm hoping to get out with my frog rod today! Looks like t-storms might mess with my plan though. I also won a lot of Stanley Ribbit Buzz Frogs recently. I'm really excited to see how my two favorite top water baits work when combined!

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begarb77
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:52 AM 07/03/13 (CST)
Thanks everyone.
This time of year I do love throwing frogs. I recently changed from Stanley Ribbits to Floating version, pretty much any brand, but that Bronze Eye has nice sharp hooks and are pretty well made. I still use the Ribbits for the loud buzzing feet, I catch my weight in pike when I have one tied on.

I like using sluggos at the edges of grass, but maybe I will take a shot and tossing it deep in the slop. Thanks for the idea.

-Ben


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