Monday, November 1, 2010

My Indiana 2010 20" Smallmouth Bass Collection

Cutting back on the fishing this Fall. Just not in to the effort required to find a biting bass and pull it from a leaf pile. So these 8 bass may be it for 2010. Naw. Just need a reason to post them all in one post for posterity's sake. I usually forget to bring the camera when 1 or 2 of these get caught, or I drop the fish before the photo. So I went 8/8 this year. Enjoy!

1) February 28th, 2010. Dragging a tube through a huge eddy. Sensed pursuit. Miss, then got 'em. Lots of head shaking. Barely hooked. Tense and exciting. Patience and tolerance to cold paid off here with leaking waders and no float and fly bite.

2) March 24th, 2010. The water was way up the perfect time to get the pigs up out of the depth in this pool. Missed one on a tube, then these thick bass was on there. Jim A there to snap a pic of the fish. One of the better pics of me with a bass. Thanks, Jim. 21"

3) March 28th, 2010. Water was even further up. Returned to the same spot. Again only one fish and it was a dandy 20.5"er. Again on a tube.

4) May 1st, 2010. Floated the Tippecanoe river. River was high and fast. Citrus Bandit footloose ripped and paused running towards the fast water. Just reached 20".

5) July 31st, 2010. Micro flow wonder. This 20" smallmouth fell victim to a Lucky craft Rick Clunn wakecrank, cranked upstream in about 10" of water where the fish was just off the main current near a riffle. Two fish made a play, the larger scored.

6) September 11th, 2010.  A windy day and a buzzbait bite! The pigs were out in force. The wind at my back aided in long casts in the shallow rocky water. This was at the back of a large pool. Beyond where I could normally cast without wind power. The beast went 20.5" and was thick!
7) September 12th, 2010. Had to try again the next day.  Wading downstream, chucking the same buzzbait, the water erupted and the fight was on. Another 20"+ smallie.

8) September 18th, 2010. Not 6 days later another beast. Perhaps the best of 2010. Rick Clunn wakecrank in 10" of nothing water. Incredible. So big. 21.25+". Monster.

So there they are. Pretty happy with the effort in less time on the water this year and many hours on even smaller streams. I have some ideas for some winter Float and Fly pigs, so maybe I'll approach last year's 11. Time will tell.