I was feeling like it was not going to be my day. Heading out at sunrise, the first cove I fished did not yield a bite. Now if you have been reading my reports, you know I have been doing a pretty good job of catching them on topwater. So after not even a bite, I eased over to a main lake point above the bridge and threw a big bladed spinnerbait.
My first bite was a great one. To bad I did not check my drag, it was way to lose. I was buzzing a big willow leaf tandem like I am want to do at times, and she wolfed it about 5 feet from the boat, and immediately headed under it, and with a light drag came up on the other side. I got that sorted out, then she jumped, an easy 7 pounds, and with my superior skill I managed to lose her. Not only was my drag to light, but you have to pull them back down when they are going to jump. It was just a cluster all the way around.
So at that point I am not feeling all that good about my chances, lose one like that and you probably will not get another. While that turned out to be right as far as size, the fishing did pick up considerably.
I headed to a cove where I have been catching them, and they were there. Over the next 2 hours that 5″ Rapala did it’s thing. The one difference today was that they wanted it paused just a little more than they had been. Once I figured out the cadence they came pretty regular. I am still catching them in the back of the bigger coves, the clearer the water the better, and on some of the main lake flats.
Now this is the size I came for. They just have not got off that Rapala!
Now I do have to say this, it was nice and cloudy and misty this morning. It stayed that way until about noon, which really helped the fishing. I pretty much just kept with the back of coves and flats with the Rapala. As the wind came up I did catch 5 or 6 on the main lake on spinnerbait, buzzing it as fast as I could reel it, keeping the blade right below the surface while making a big wake. Most of those were ok fish, just nothing like that big girl first thing in the morning.
Caught 3 like this on back to back to back cast around the same log, love it!
So all in all not a bad day. When that sun came out it put a real damper on the fishing. It went from a consistent bites to tough. Good thing I had an excuse to call it a day, my wife’s birthday. So we are headed to Austin for a couple of days for fun and frolic. Of course I will be ready to hit the water as soon as my husbandly duties are done.
I also got to meet Aaron today. I have been corresponding with him online, as we have the fishing bug in common. He is from out of town and is working in the Victoria area. It just so happened he was fishing Coleto with his friend Tim. So I met them and hope to get to fish with them in the future.
So while it was not quite as hot as it has been, it is simply a matter of sticking with it. They will still hit that minnow, and as usual if you can hit a cloudy day it is obviously better. And one last thing when I am fishing the Rapala, I am fishing with 12 pound line. Now that is a little scary on Coleto, but with that lighter Rapala you need light line to get it to flutter and twitch just right. And I was also encouraged by the spinnerbait bite today. The next month on Coleto Creek should be great. So if you get a chance go, time to catch some of the biggest bass of the year.
And last but not least, thanks for reading my stuff. I appreciate it every time someone comes here and reads my reports. I am no Roland Martin, and do not claim to be. What I am is a guy lucky enough to get to fish and who wants to share it with you. Maybe the way I am catching that day is not the best way, or even the best for you, but maybe sometime it will help you catch a couple of more fish. And that is why we all go out there.
Good Luck and Tight Lines!