Landing Spotted Bass

Some of my best fishing trips are with my son, son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren. Today I spent some quality time fishing Smith Lake with my son Jason, who is home for a week. 

We left the house at 4:30 AM and started casting the big size 4 Boggle Bug popper close to 5 AM. At this time of day there is practically no humidity and no heat. In fact the air was a cool 75 degrees. Daylight fishing is the norm for me this time of the year mainly because of the heat and humidity. 
A beautiful sunrise was one of the rewards that we encountered as we left the launch at 5 AM. The other reward was the banner morning we had landing some quality Spotted Bass along the huge rock walls located on the lake.
This Largemouth Bass was the only one landed during the early morning trip. There is a big difference in the fighting power of the Largemouth Bass verses the Spotted Bass. The Spotted Bass is one heroic fighter!!!
One of many Spotted Bass which exploded time after time on the Boggle as Jason worked the popper inches away from one of the many rock walls we fished early. The face of this popper makes a popping sound that really gets the attention of feeding bass. Jason was using a bass bug line on his 6 weight fast taper 9 ft. Sage fly rod. The bass bug line made casting the big popper a breeze.



The bluegill didn’t get left out on this outing. The Wiggle Tail nymph was used to land this nice size female gill. In fact all four colors of the Wiggle Tail got the attention of the bulls and females. I didn’t count any the bluegill on this trip, because Jason landed most of the counters. This is the same nymph that Jason used to hook the trout he landed on Fuller Lake.
 

Some of my best fishing trips are with my son, son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren. Today I spent some quality time fishing Smith Lake with my son Jason, who is home for a week. 

We left the house at 4:30 AM and started casting the big size 4 Boggle Bug popper close to 5 AM. At this time of day there is practically no humidity and no heat. In fact the air was a cool 75 degrees. Daylight fishing is the norm for me this time of the year mainly because of the heat and humidity. 
A beautiful sunrise was one of the rewards that we encountered as we left the launch at 5 AM. The other reward was the banner morning we had landing some quality Spotted Bass along the huge rock walls located on the lake.
This Largemouth Bass was the only one landed during the early morning trip. There is a big difference in the fighting power of the Largemouth Bass verses the Spotted Bass. The Spotted Bass is one heroic fighter!!!
One of many Spotted Bass which exploded time after time on the Boggle as Jason worked the popper inches away from one of the many rock walls we fished early. The face of this popper makes a popping sound that really gets the attention of feeding bass. Jason was using a bass bug line on his 6 weight fast taper 9 ft. Sage fly rod. The bass bug line made casting the big popper a breeze.




The bluegill didn’t get left out on this outing. The Wiggle Tail nymph was used to land this nice size female gill. In fact all four colors of the Wiggle Tail got the attention of the bulls and females. I didn’t count any the bluegill on this trip, because Jason landed most of the counters. This is the same nymph that Jason used to hook the trout he landed on Fuller Lake.