Stick Marsh & Farm 13
Capt. George Welcome
May 9, 2006
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report
YOU HAVEN'T CALLED YET?
5/7/2006 was another beautiful day in the sunny south with almost no wind and
the bass very willing to play. It's interesting to watch the fish move from the
heavy wood to the more open areas and then back. It was again a case of bump the
stump to get a bite. Scott and I plied the area we have been working with Senkos
from 6:30 to 9:30 and managed a healthy catch of 30+ bass in that short period.
Most of the fish were in the 2-3 pound range with a couple in the 5 pound range.
Yesterday I had Mac Hoffman and his friend Graham from Morganton, NC out for
the first day of their three day trip here. We covered safe navigation on the
way out and the baits we expected to use. The weatherman had promised a fair day
with light winds and Mac and Graham were champing at the bit to start casting
their top water baits. Our plan of attack was Chug Bugs, (plan A) to be followed
with weightless 5" Senkos (plan B) if the top water bite wasn't there. I
informed the crew that if anyone sticks the guide with a hook, (Mac did that on
his first trip with me several years ago) that they would be walking back to the
ramp. That part of the trip went very well throughout the entire day.
As the trolling motor entered the water the bugs flew through the air. First
retrieves produced nada. Second casts were launched and two bass were hauled to
the boat. Okay, so this just might be one of those super days. Checked the water
temps: 81 degrees and visibility was better than yesterday - high expectations
all around as Mac advised Graham to be ready for a big fish at any time.
"This is what I'm talking about" Mac told Graham, "these are the kind of fish
this place is famous for".
It didn't take Graham long to retaliate with this gal. Chug, chug, and that's
all it took to bring fantastic bass to the boat.
There is just nothing more exciting than to watch these gals slamming top
water baits, and there is no better lure for enticing that bite than the
venerable Chug Bug. Bass colored or other didn't matter - just the chug, chug,
chugging was the key to bass after bass.
From the time we arrived to the time we left there were only very brief
periods that the chug bug rods sat on the deck in deference to the Senkos, The
Senkos did account for some fish, but the thrill of the top water made the
Senkos use short lived.
Today the fish were out more in the open and the bigger fish were further
out. The closer to the heavy wood we got the smaller the fish we caught.
Throughout the day I doubt that more than 10 fish were under two pounds, but we
weren't looking for the two pound bass.
Mac and Graham took us up on our special and had what could be considered on
the finest days of fishing they ever had. By the days end we had boated over
seventy five bass, and probably had another 25 or so come unbuttoned on their
way to, or right next to the boat. We only counted what made it over the rail.
This makes several weeks of pretty solid top water action and I anticipate a
lot more and plenty of days were the fish count will exceed one hundred fish.
Give us a call - not only is the price right, the fishing is fantastic.
See you out there. Say hi if you get the chance.
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