Post by Rob Russow on Mar 30, 2008 16:57:04 GMT -5
Well Matt W. and I decided to hit up Newton Lake. Little did we know that the Ouachita was sabotaged! We spent most of Saturday trying to fix it (the problems never seem to end) only to finally get back on the lake around 4-5 pm. I won't share the whole details of our "late night bite" but we did something that I love doing on any lake that has this particular cover! Finally some clouds came and we started getting bit...
Matt started the feeding frenzy with this 4+ pounder on a jig. There was only about 4 inches of visibility and so we were fishing slowly along the bottom but the fish were feeding and aggressive at this time of day.
I caught our second keeper not too long after Matt got us on the board on a jig.
This was an exciting fish as immediately upon setting the hook, she started bursting for deeper water. All the fish caught were bursting and put up a great fight! That one weighed just under 5.5 pounds on our scale.
And to finish off the day I caught this 6.5 pounded on a black spinnerbait. She just crushed it as I swam the spinnerbait between 2 bushes. It was awesome!
In that last hour or two we caught these 4 keepers that weighed just about 20 pounds. A pretty cool way to end the day!
Unfortunately, Matt had a few mishaps fishing a jig. I'll let him share more about the 10 pounder that got away!
But Bryan Whiston gave me a bunch of paydays, so it was a great trip!
Until next time...
Rob Russow Former President, current employee of JM Associates/ESPN Outdoors/ College Bass
Robs is being polite when he said I had a few mishaps fishing a jig. In fact I had more like 5 or 6 mishaps. Apparently, the fish at Newton must have extra strong mouths seeing as they kept coming unhooked. Looks like I will have to take a couple more lessons on crossing their eyes from Steve before I head back there. As far as the 10 lber getting away I dropped the rod and really let him have it on the hookset. So much so that I must have caused greater than 17lbs of force as my line promptly broke. Anyways it was a decent trip and was fun running into so many big fish.