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17.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 04/01/12

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 7 years ago

17.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 04/01/12
17.0" Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing on Sunday April 01, 2012 at 18:30 near Walled Lake in Oakland County, Michigan (MI), United States North America using a drop shot rig with redworms a Worm

Out again for my weekly fishing trip. Water was down to 48 degrees! If you have been following my posts, you will probably remember that just 14 days ago water in the same location was up to 68 degrees. Over the past month in this lake the water temperature has risen from 48 to 68 degrees and then returned to 48 degrees.

Anyhow, I did get a few small hits that stole my bait - assuming sunfish - but again I was only able to catch these two bass. Both fish were 17 inches and put up quite a fight (especially on the ultralight for sunfish) and of course were released as they are out of season.

If any of you read In-Fisherman magazine, there is an article about Smallmouth bass called "Swim-Drop". It is an alternative way to use the drop-shot rig to cover water more quickly (horizontally) than the traditional vertical presentation. However, I have been using the Berkley Nanofil line in 12 lb test with 3/8 sinker on a 10 foot ultra light steelhead rod. You should see how far you can cast this rigging - even into a 20 mph wind! With the zero stretch Nanofil I have had no issue getting hooks set in panfish or bass. I have been using it with redworms, but have been meaning to try it with small tubes and curlytails once the water warms back-up.

Once the weeds come back up I will go back to the medium heavy baitcasting whether throwing artificials or using drop shot (I had lost fish last year when drop shotting in weeds since the sinker would get hung while the fish was making runs fighting the fish and weeds).

Hope all of you have stable weather and good fishin'!

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