Thirty-Two and Change – Part IV

Fish #4 – 6.8 lbs

Lure:  Dirty Jigs “No Jack” swim jig (3/8 oz, Blue Gill 2); Keitech Swim Impact Fat 4.3 trailer (Sun Gill)

Rod: Daiwa Zillion 7′-2″ MH Composite rod (ZIL721MHRB-G)

Reel: Daiwa Tatula HLC Hyper Long Cast 8.1:1 Casting Reel- 8.1L-TW

Line:  16# Sunline FC Sniper

1:20 pm

So at this point, we have over 27lbs (not literally in the livewells, but that’s what our best 5 fish at the point in the day weighed).  It had been raining off and on all day and that kept us damp and cold.  The wind was forecast to pick up that afternoon and we could see skies starting to lighten up and clear.

Trees at Potholes
A look at the home of fish #4. A mixture of standing trees and floating wood. This area was as far as we wanted to go into the trees because it was the last of the key ingredient in that area.

As we moved out of the stiffening breeze and into the tree line, we moved quickly on the trolling motor to an area that had produced one right at seven pounds the week before and several over five pounds the year before.  This wasn’t a particular spot but a section along the outer tree’d flats that was different.  We went directly there on the trolling motor, we didn’t fish or “wander” along the way.

This LM, caught about a week before, checked in at just under 7 lbs (6.96) and was caught pitching a jig. Fish #4 came about 50 yards away.

Ryan opts for a Perch looking swim jig (specifically the Dirty Jigs “Blue Gill 2” color) and I decide to do some pitching as we were entering some target rich areas with heavier cover.  I had just started pitching when Ryan connected with the swim jig.  On this day, they were preferring the swim jig over the pitching jig, but part of that is that the swim jig will just get to more fish most of the time than pitching will.  Some days, you’ve got to put that jig right on their nose.  This day, they were willing to commit to a moving, horizontal presentation.

Diawa rod & reel combo
While powerful, this LM succumbs to the testing of the Diawa rod/reel combo that Ryan featured in an earlier article.

The Diawa Rod/Reel combo featured in this review shines here as Ryan corrals this largemouth under submission.  This one would be nearly identical in weight to fish #3, but was obviously shorter and fatter.  It’s pretty interesting to see the variation in body types of these fish in the spring.

Big largemouth at Potholes
Ryan holds fish #4. A shorter, fatter version of fish #3 as they were nearly the same weight.

This fish puts us at just over 30lbs, with a 5 lber still left to “cull”…


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