water temp: mid 80's
air temp: mid-high 80's & slightly overcast and muggy
winds 5-10 from the south.
i took the inflatable raft out and spent the morning on decker. i got to try out my new anchor and polarized glasses, both of which are awesome! i got to lake at 6am and there were about 8 trucks already waiting to get in. at about 6:30am the city worker got there and opened up the gates and by that time there were about 12 trucks.
as usual the bass were hitting the schools of shad at the surface about 100-300 feet from the shore. ive noticed this to be typical for the area around the west side of the parking lot which the only place i fish on this lake.
at about 7:45 i landed a fat 16" large mouth on a 4" paddle tail storm swim shad. (big lure!) i actually have to use my striper rod for that lure because my normal bass rod is too small and weak. after i got it onto the raft i unhooked it and left it sitting on the floor of the raft while i grabbed my measuring tape & camera. well thats where a good fish went bad! first, when i was trying to take a picture of the fish i realized that my camera lens was fogged over from being in my ice chest.
then after i wiped the lens down i realized that it was fogged up on the inside of the lens! :'( that fish spent about 5 minutes on the floor of my boat while i was trying to clean the lens and the lens never dried out so i just let it go. i did get a couple of extremely blurry pics though.
thats not the worst part though. sometime while that fish was on the floor of my raft it managed to puncture a hole in the floor of my raft! ;D he sure showed me!
that was my personal best bass by the way
not super huge, but it was exciting for me!
about 6 casts after that i hooked into another one but i snapped my line while setting the hook. i dont know what happed with that? i cast, the bait hit the water, i stopped to scratch my leg and while i was scratching my leg the bait landed on the bottom. just about as soon as i started to reel it in i felt the bite and my line started to take off so i jerked it hard and then i felt my line pop. the thing that gets me is that i use like 50lb test braided spider wire on that rod. my guess is that the prior fish freyed up line or something? next time im going to re-tie my lure after a catch!
after that it died down and i didnt get another bite. i did see a guy fishing out of a kayak about 100 yards from me who was still pullin' a few up untill the time i left at 10:30am.
all in all i had a good time, and suprisingly it didnt get too hot!
when i get back to the house ill post the pics of my blurry fish