4 days ago
Trip one of 2020. Fish one of 2020.
Lake Lanier spotted bass: 19.25"
Setup: Fenwick HMG 6'9" ML Fast, Dawia BG2000, 6lb Sunline Sniper, Captain Mack's Super-spoon.
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It took longer than I'd have liked to get on the water this year, and the trip was certainly interesting. Originally, I thought I was headed to the river to fish for largemouth and maybe trout; heavy rains overnight had the river completely blown out when I got to the ramp.
The good thing about North Georgia is that the next good fishery is just a hop skip and jump away. I headed to a popular ramp on Lanier, swapped the right tackle in the Sea Ghost and went to work. I started out dragging a jig around rocks and docks with no results.
This trip was also a chance to apply some learning from the seminar a few weeks ago. Kristine Fischer and Clint Henderson had dropped some knowledge on us about bite windows and properly utilizing solunar periods to our advantage. I pulled out my phone and checked the solunar table for the day, there was a major period running from about 2pm to 4pm. I stuck to my guns with the jig for about half of that time with no results, then decided to fall back on a confidence technique. I pulled off shore and started looking for structure around the creek bed.
Sure enough, I found a rough patch on the bottom with some marks on it in about 48ft of water and sent down a white Captain Mack's Super-spoon. After a couple minutes of jigging I felt that unmistakable *thump* and the rod loaded up. The hook up came right at the peak of the lunar period. Imagine that. I've never been a huge believer in moon phase before, but catching a quality fish like this certainly got my attention.
A big spot on light tackle is a treat, and this one was no different. What a great way to apply some new knowledge, and get this fishing year off to the right start!
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