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  1. #61
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    Bob - That striper was no five pounder but they sure do pull hard. A little adversity has made me appreciate cruising around in a running truck even if it is a little long in the tooth.

    I dodged the wind this morning and got a couple nice bass and a pike minnow on the topwater bug. First pike minnow on the surface for me. Not exactly on the bucket list like the permit or the 100 pound tarpon but that is okay. If I was starting a native species bucket list the topwater pike minnow would definitely be on it.

    The morning topwater bite window can be short. It seemed like it lasted about an hour and then shut down. If you are going out to fish morning topwater do not show up late.




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    Just to shake things up I tried the evening topwater bite. Fish were caught and it seemed like the bite went on a little longer than the morning bite. I had a huge blow up that I did not hook and thought for a while I had missed megabass but it was a horizontal attack which is unusual for a bass. Northern pike attack horizontally and bass attack from below so it is usually pretty easy to tell the difference when they grab. This blow up was horizontal and it missed the bug which I don't think a bass would not have done on a blow up like that. Anyhow, my conclusion was it was a big pike minnow and not a bass. I sort of feel better thinking that I did not miss my shot at megabass but you never know.

    I like this picture and you can see the chartreuse/yellow bugger pretty well. It is a big fly with a steep nose so it makes a lot of noise. It does land upside down more than I would like. I think when they are top heavy or don't have a flat bottom they do that. I might trim it down and see if that helps.

    Last edited by John H; 08-04-2020 at 09:29 AM.

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    Winds were light in the Delta today so I drove my long-in-the-tooth truck down there and did some fishing. I was able to stay out a little longer than usual because the wind did not beat me up, take my lunch money and send me home. I hooked a big one early and lost it. Without doubt the biggest largemouth I have touched. I got a couple of good looks at it and have a guess at the size. Easy come, easy go.

    I did land a bass a little bigger than the regular size range and got a striper on a current seam when the tide turned and started to head out. The topwater bite ended pretty abruptly but it took me another hour to give up on it and switch to the Clouser. Pretty fun day.






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