Twilight of a new generation, Bassin' Young Guns Shoot it out at Pardee
Chris noticed waves crashing against the rocky shore which would play into his
strength… jerkbaits. He tied on a large Lucky Craft Pointer 128 and started
ripping from shore back to the boat with jerk-jerk-pause tempo. Cal tied on a
Rago Smoothie swimbait and started casting in the same vicinity. The more
erratic action of the Pointer 128 seemed to do he trick and it didn’t take more
than five minutes for a four pound smallmouth to inhale the bait no more than a
few feet away from the boat!
Chris kicks it off with three nice
smallies in a row with the Pointer 128
Chris continued to work the Pointer down the bank and pulled out another fish,
this time weighing 2.5lbs and about ten feet from the shore. Ten casts later
Chris landed a third fish, this one also a four pound cookie cutter smallie.
After working the area for a while longer they decided to give it a rest and
head to another spot to try jigging once again.
After moving off the spot Chris is
back for more...
It only took about 15 minutes
of idle jigging time for them to turn the big motor on and make a big U-Turn and
head right back to their previous ripping spot. Chris commented “when fishing
for fun I’d rather catch one fish on a jerkbait than a limit on a jig.” Cal
This is a bigger one and Chris
scrambles to get it into the boat
After returning to the same stretch of productive ripbait water it only
took a few casts to draw another strike. When Chris hooked into the fourth fish
he set hard and immediately knew he had a nicer fish on the line, unlike the
other fish this one didn’t budge at all! “Please don’t come off,” Chris
exclaimed as he tried to wind the fish in.
Without a net Chris makes a
As he guided it towards the boat he saw the smallmouth flash near the surface
and it was then when he caught a glimpse of the fish’s huge belly. “That thing
is huge, it’s a freak of nature,” Chris yelled as he tried to get it to the
boat. He didn’t have a net on board so he tried to flip the fish in but the
sheer weight of the fish made it difficult and his first attempt just rocketed
the fish out of the water parallel to his boat. On his second attempt he
successfully lifted the fish in while Cal snapped pictures.
"It's a freak of nature!" Chris
exclaimed when he first saw the belly on this smallmouth beast
Chris was grinning ear to ear
as he grabbed the fish by the belly, and what a huge belly it was. This fish was
caught in shallow water and yet it had a massive bulging belly and it looked as
if it had just gorged on
a buffet of trout right before committing to the Pointer 128. “Zander is going to
freak out when he finds out your ripping up fish like these,” Cal exclaimed.
Taylor works swimbaits slowly in
Section: The Pros get jiggy in deep water