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07-23-2019, 03:33 AM #1
Epic evening at Ladybird Lake 7-19-19
Heading into the first evening after the big full moon on Thursday night, my son and I put our kayak in at Austin High and headed West. We were trolling down the middle of the lake with a lure we had found up by Redbud Isle a few weeks earlier. Right at 8:00, things went bonkers like we have never experienced in freshwater. Just west of the Texas Rowing dock, I had a big hit that felt like a snag, but it pulled line even when the kayak was essentially stopped. The battle resulted in me landing my personal best of all freshwater fish, a largemouth bass which I do not know the exact dimensions of because I didn't have a measuring stick or scale. I only have these pics.
After releasing that beast, we kept paddling west and before we got to Mopac bridge, which is only a few dozen yards from where we landed the prior bass, we had another hit on that lure. My son fought the largemouth bass to the side of the kayak, but it threw the hook during an arial and we lost it. Looked to be a pretty decent fish, also.
We took a break for about 20 minutes and then just west of the Mopac bridge, again trolling in the middle of the lake, the lure was struck a third time by a bass my son landed. Turned out to be a personal best for him all-water. Sadly, still no measurements. Just these pics.
Here's a pic of that lure:
We've returned to the same area twice since Friday and trolled into dusk with the same lure and have not had a single bite.
07-23-2019, 08:28 AM #2
Nice catches. Assuming you're not a giant man (they usually won't fit in a yak), I'm guessing the one in your lap to be about 20" -21". She's skinny but pretty colors. I'd guess between 6 and 7 pounds. Awesome catch. I bet your boy was wound up! The one he has looks to be around 4 or so. I know it's hard to do in a yak, but if you can keep from laying them on your clothes it will help them live without getting a fungus. It wipes off the slime coat off their body and leaves them prone to getting a fungus when they touch boat carpet, clothes, etc!
Awesome for you and your son!! I bet he is ready to go anytime you want! Nice work!
07-23-2019, 12:50 PM #3
Thanks for the thoughtful info about the slime! I didn't know that. Will definitely avoid contact with my clothes, etc!
Also, in the two lap photos, those are each different fish. The top one is the fish I caught, and the lower lap photo is the one my son caught. Thanks for estimating the size.
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07-25-2019, 08:13 PM #4
congrats on those catches. The eye on that lure looks like a bait fish that's slightly zonked out, like he was injured. maybe that's the trick.
07-30-2019, 08:29 AM #5
Congrats! The lure is a Megabass Vision Oneten. Nice find as it is a $25 bait and as you already know, a fish catching machine. LOL I love them! It is designed as a jerkbait but swims well on a steady retrieve as well. Hopefully it is a suspending version...doesn't quickly sink or float up in the water column. Try casting it out, give steady pull to get it down to depth then let it set for a few seconds then twitch...pause...twitch, twitch...pause...repeat with random patterns. Doesn't take much of a twitch to get good action. This bait darts around in a fantastic, erratic action that generates good reaction bites. No need to set the hook. Hooks are very thin gauge on these baits and they penetrate very well as my fingers can attest to. LOL Hook barbs are also on the OUTSIDE of the shank...this is a handy thing to remember should one end up somewhere other than a fish's face. LOL
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07-30-2019, 09:54 AM #6