My first trip to River Bend this season was on a very windy, and I mean very windy day. I think it was blowing at least 25 to 35 mph and boat control was difficult. Starting out I was fishing for bass, Roy had been out a few days earlier and told me he caught about 30 bass so, I was all keyed up to do the same. However, as hard as I tried I could not score. The first thing I thought was fishing in the usual places was just too difficult with boat control taking up most of my time. I decided to find a nice sheltered place out of the wind. So, off I went to a place where I thought the wind wouldn’t be blowing the boat all over the place.
I went to the northern part of the lake in a fairly large cove. It’s a place I had fished before and usually caught a few bass. Again I was using a square bill “Lucky Strike 1.5 By Bill Clunn, in the silver with a bronze back. I thought the fish would be over the emerging weeds and shallow…nothing. Went to stick worms by Gary Yammamoto…nothing. Tried the Berkley salamander in green…nothing, the Yum baby craw in the natural color and then the Cabela’s Aqua-Glow split tail “Baby Bass” 3 3/4” in green pumpkinseed and finally scored. I had used the Aqua Glow at River Bend before but never caught a bass with it here but, on the pond it is deadly. But, by now three hours had passed, I was not going to catch 30 bass at this rate but, I did catch 5 bass in the 1 1/2 to 2lb range. So, I decided to change tactics and switched to a spinner combination as shown above, using a Berkley swim tail vibrating tail minnow.
That spinner combination was a winner, I caught 15 crappie as shown between 11” and 13” in an hour. Well, my day turned out ok after all. The cove seemed to be full of crappie and of course I had hooked and lost several more and was having a ball for about an hour. And then it stopped! No more bites. I had started out about 12:30pm and now it was 5:30 pm so, I decided to call it a day.
On Wednesday, May 2nd, Ivan and I planned to go back to River Bend. I told him to pack his Crappie gear and maybe we could have a ball with them again. This would be our first outing together this year and I had hoped that it would be a memorable one. However, the weather didn’t want to cooperate. The forecast on the computer called for a sunny day in the 80’s but, what we got was wind and clouds. We thought we would try the pond instead as it is almost in my back yard and if it decided to rain…?
We immediately started catching crappie but, not the size that I was catching earlier in the month. I decided to stick to the spinner/Berkley swim tail because it was effective at River Bend so, Why not…
Ivan tried some similar spinner, minnow combinations. The score…we managed 14 small crappie 7 to 8” and 5 dink bass that I’m sure were from last years spawn. Then…lightning and thunder drove us off the pond but, I got soaked wearing my “Rain Proof” suit (be careful what you buy) and Ivan stayed dry in his pancho.
We had a good time though, we talked politics over coffee for awhile and then called it a day.
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