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Attila
Posted: Jul 09, 2018 - 07:14 pm


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…it just all comes together. This past Saturday was one of those days.

The gear; a 7' MF Daiwa Tatula and Procyon combo spooled w/ 20lbs Seaguar Smackdown braid w/ a 2' lead of 10lbs Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon leader.

The lures; a Rapala Skitter Pop in frog finish and a Strike King KVD J200 jerkbait in chrome ayu.

The pattern; rock flats ranging from 2-10' in depth.

The result; a 70+ bass day.

Important tips; replace stock trebles, and don't forget to dress for the weather.

The day started early for me as I wanted to get out to the lake for sunrise which was at 5:30 on Saturday. The weather was downright chilly as the air temperature was 12 degrees Celsius. There was a light breeze coming from the west to the east which created a bit of chop on the water. It was sunny with no clouds present.

When I got to my first spot, the location I fished last week, I went with the skitter pop and was immediately on to some fish. It was a nice mix of smallmouth and largemouth with the big fish being a largemouth pictured below which came in around 3.5lbs. I'm liking this spot more and more as a starting location as it lets me know the mood the fish are in and also tells me what type of structure they're holding to, whether it be a shallow rock flat, the weed edge, or the deeper weed bed.

After the bite died down, I took the information I learned from that spot and hit a couple more spots on my drive that had some sheltered water and managed a few more smallmouth on the skitter pop. It became clear that all the fish I was getting were relating to broken rock and boulder flats and, armed with that knowledge, I started focusing on that pattern as I drove around the lake.

By the time I reached my next spot, the wind was steady at about 15km/h with gusts reach 25km/h which resulted in a 2' chop on the water I was fishing. This made the topwater bite a thing of the past, so I started throwing a spinnerbait. The fish, however, just weren't interested. I then went to the jerkbait and, with the sun shining bright and the wind gusting, I really brought the pattern home.

Fish after fish, ranging from 1-3.5lbs, just smacked the daylights out of the presentation. A very aggressive retrieve was used, as you can see by the blister that started to form below. After the bite died down I visited another spot with the same features and again laid a beat down on the smallies and had a small musky come in as well.

By the time I got home, I was wiped. My forearms were sore, my thumb was rubbed raw, and I was aching all over. The thing is, I didn't care; my smile made up for it all...lol

At my most productive spot there were a couple of people fishing who weren't catching much of anything and when I started pulling in a smallmouth on pretty much every cast they started to ask questions. Long story short, I left them each with a jerkbait and made sure that they understood the reasons it was working that day and, more importantly, how to retrieve it properly to catch fish. I walked them through every step and then, when they started to catch fish, I was pretty happy. It really feels good to pay it forward.

There are a few more spots that I'm going to try this coming week and hope that I can find more fish.

Just a couple of points to follow up on. I lost a few decent sized fish this weekend because I left the stock trebles on my jerkbaits. While the stock hooks are okay, I really do think it's worth putting on some sharper hooks which will help you land a few more fish. As well, with the sun blazing all day and for the next week at least, take the time to dress appropriately. I wore some Columbia PFG gear including a face gator that I pulled over my hat to make sure I didn't get roasted and it worked like a charm. Skin cancer is a very real threat to those of us who spend time outside and I wouldn't want to wish it on anyone.

Cheers, and have a great time wherever you go everyone.

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Attila
Posted: Jul 09, 2018 - 07:15 pm


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Average smallie for the day...


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Posted: Jul 09, 2018 - 07:16 pm


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Big smallie of the day, ninja styles...


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Attila
Posted: Jul 09, 2018 - 07:16 pm


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And finally, blister time...lol


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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 03:22 am


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Excellent report Attila. You should think about doing these reports for fishing mags!

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 09:02 am


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I really enjoy reading your reports Attila. Thank you for the great report and congrats....the blisters are always worth it lol....

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 11:25 am


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Great read Atilla,

Thank you for putting in the time and effort to explain.

Fish porn is always a huge bonus as well for those of us who can't get out as much as we would like to.

Thanks again.


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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 12:35 pm


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Thanks for sharing Attila amazing day! Take me with you one day.

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 02:10 pm


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Always enjoy reading your posts, Attila . Seems like you've figured them out

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Attila
Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 05:07 pm


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Thanks to everyone for their kind words, I hope that the report will help you all catch a few fish the next time you go out.

I'm hoping to expand on some patterns to see what else I can find in the waters I fish, and am looking to rent or maybe even buy a small boat that can let me explore a bit more. I'm really intrigued to see if I can pattern the fish and see if I can come up with more tips and tactics I can share with you all.

Cheers.

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 07:34 pm


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Great report, thanks for taking the time to share. Great shooting and awesome of you to help those guys out so much. Like you I love putting people on fish as well. Almost as much as I love getting on them myself 😜

Cheers,

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 08:12 pm


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QUOTE (Alphaalpha @ Jul 10, 2018 - 08:34 pm)
Great report, thanks for taking the time to share. Great shooting and awesome of you to help those guys out so much. Like you I love putting people on fish as well. Almost as much as I love getting on them myself 😜

Cheers,

AA

Hopefully u can put someone onto fish on Saturday


@attila as always. Well done and another good read. U sure love that skitter pop don't u lol

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Posted: Jul 10, 2018 - 09:50 pm


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QUOTE (Putaforkinya @ Jul 10, 2018 - 09:12 pm)
@attila as always. Well done and another good read. U sure love that skitter pop don't u lol

Thanks buddy, appreciate the words.

Ya, the Skitter Pop has become my go to popper for about 4 seasons now...it never lets me down and does a great job locating fish for me. That said, I've lost some fish on it as a result of its body shape. You take the good with the bad I guess. Given its price point I'm quite happy with using them and have no intention of changing it any time soon.

After all...confidence is part of the game.

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Posted: Jul 11, 2018 - 06:43 am


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Fantastic report and great read as usual. Thank-you!

Sounds like an awesome day out..

Well done!

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Attila
Posted: Jul 11, 2018 - 07:32 am


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Thanks metalbuckle, glad you enjoyed it and happy to share details with the readers as always.

Was definitely an awesome day, one with many markings in the log book.

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