BASS

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The weather is great for trout fishing right now.  That’s swell.  All I can really think about is Bass though; smallmouths & largemouths.  They’re everywhere in MN, and they’re a ton of fun to fish for. I’ve always loved fishing for, and learning about smallmouth, but I’ve always dismissed largemouth; likely a result of the smalljaws superior fighting abilities, and the water they inhabit.  They’re more my style.  But, a bass is a bass right?

Bass of the Past

Largemouth are fun and willing.  Seeing a bruiser crush a big popper on a Summer evening is pretty fucking cool.  I’ve had a few outings over the last couple of years on lakes where largemouth reign. It would have been irresponsible of me to not throw poppers and gaudy patterns to them.  It taught me to respect the largemouths and the water they live in.  I’m genuinely stoked to chase them this Summer.

Now that I live near equal parts largemouth water and smallie water, I can embrace them both.  And I will.  So, this is my year of Bass, I think.  To top it off, I’ve been cranking out bassy drawings lately.  It’s a thing I guess.  Cool with me.

Necromancers of Bass

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  1. I live in the Eastern Ozarks. Our local river, the Meramec, is full of both largemouth and smallies (and the occasional walleye), with enough overlap in living arrangements that you never know which you’re going to tie into. Of course, as soon as one sets the hook the question is pretty well answered. The smallies run more to the surface while the largemouth try to go deep and head for cover. I mostly use ultra lights and small spinners though early in the morning a buzzbait and high speed bait caster can be loads of fun!

    And then there’s my 3 weight fly rod. I was telling my wife just the other day that this might be the year of the fly rod. I don’t use it as often as I should. And I don’t know why, either. Up on the river I use a 16′ jon boat with a 30 horse jet on the back of it to get around. So most of my fishing is done standing on the front deck with all the room in the world for a nice back cast. And the smallies just love those little poppers.

    I took my granddaughter over to a buddy’s pond last Saturday and she caught a couple nice bluegills. We were under a BIG high pressure system and the winds were gusting to around 30+ mph. Terrible conditions but she soldiered on and caught fish when everyone told her it wouldn’t be possible. She’s only eleven years old and already showing signs of a serious fishing addiction. And she’s a certified river rat, too.

    The Cardinals started the real season yesterday, the dogwoods are blooming and the bees and wasps are in high gear. The beer is cold and the river is calling me. It gets damn hard to concentrate on work or much of anything else this time of year, when an old man’s fancy turns to fishing.

    1. You’re speaking my language Tom! Throwing poppers for bass is so much fun – there are days that I will only fish poppers, knowing that streamers could produce more fish…but the take is just so cool, especially when you use lighter gear. It’s worth sacrificing numbers for quality of experience. And I think that’s the truth of the matter; bass are fun, willing and around. They may not always be the toughest fish to catch, but when taken as a whole, they are one of the funnest fish to target…and the perfect fish to turn kids onto being outside, wetting a line, and giving a damn about our waters. Cheers to the weather turning warmer, and all the great things that come along with that!

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