Post by Brandon on Jul 29, 2019 7:21:19 GMT -5
Me and a coupe close friends had been planning a upper hooch float on a low pressure section above Lanier, the put in and take it is quite difficult so not your typical weekend kayak trip per say. Last minute change of plans actually had us put in at another section, very long float from Duncan(384) to Mossy take out.
We got in the water and make the first turn over the shoal and I hooked a small shoal bass in the moving water. Other than that, the first two hours of our float was pretty tame. The water was low and slow so it made it fairly enjoyable. There were four of us fishing and no one had really started to produce yet. I finally decided to change up to a pink fruity worm from Lanier Baits. I was on a section I wanted to fish so I decided to just anchor up quickly, change out the plastic and then carry on. This is where things got awesome...
I change out the green pumpkin to a Sweet Rosey, now the Sweet Rosey is almost a bubble gum color with a good amount of blue flake in there. Tossed it out with a 1/8 weight right next to a blow down I had just fished with a green pumpkin worm. The worm got to the bottom and WHAM! Shoal bass #1 for the day....Little 11" guy but glad to know I was on the right color. Fix the bait on the hook, toss right back into the same place, WHAM! 12" Shoal bass, Alright now.
So I float down to the rest of the crew and the day was pretty much continuous after that color change, I was boating fish pretty regularly, most in the 11-13" range. Get to the island split and there are three choices here. He opted for the far left side and this is where I ended up get the best fish of the day. Tossed the pink worm into some cover and I seen the fish come up and take the sinking worm. Set the hook and actually hear drag singing. Knew instantly it was a great fish. After a minute or two I was able to boat the 17 3/4" Spotted bass. This was the big fish for the day, and right next to me buddy nailed himself a decent Red eye.
The day continued pretty much the same for me. My other fishermen were not doing so great, they were catching some here and there. One guy finally hooked into a decent shoal, got it boated and it was a little over 16". There was one section we stopped to fish, some of the guys were fishing the pocket and I was rigging a couple different rods. I finally made my way over to the hole they was fishing and tossed in the pink worm, WHAM! small shoal bass getting frisky with it again. Only this time he has a friend with him. Now I'm not one to exaggerate, and I will say I have a witness to this. But I swear I seen a state record shoal bass or possibly a 9-10lb Largemouth in this tiny little hole. As I was reeling in my small shoal, a larger fish, MUCH larger, comes up to the fish and is trying to take the worm out of its mouth. Now the bigger fish is large enough to actually come up behind my 13" Shoal bass and just mouths it whole....This fish was no less than 5ft from me and I got a great look at its size and I would say it was a massive shoal bass, well over 20" in length, zero doubt it was an angler award and I would argue it was close to the state record if not bigger.
Anyways, after locating my lower jaw and rolling my tongue back into my head we slowly picked our way down the river. By the end of the day everyone had caught several fish, I ended up with probably closer to 15-20 fish total, most being in the 11-13" ranges, but my biggest five were 17 3/4", 16", 16", 15", 14"