Got out on Monday with a buddy of mine. Overcast skies, morning was chilly with a low of 51 which slowly rose until around noon when the sun came out (and so did the wind) with a high of 72 by 4. A front had just come through the day and night before so I expected the fish to be sluggish and maybe even push off a little bit. I started by working a spinnerbait and hollow body frog with nothing to show for it. After an hour or so of alternating moving baits I decided to slow way way down and broke out the ole wacky rigged finesse worm in a color I made I call Sunny D. I caught a 2 pound spot on about my third cast and continued down the bank tossing the rig next to the grass and letting it slowly sink and then twitching it up twice off the bottom. Not long after catching that spot I caught a solid 5 pound largemouth who was sitting a little off the bank. Kept fishing down the bank and lost a smaller bass, probably a male cruising and missed on a bigger largemouth who came up and slapped at my frog but wouldn't take a bait.
We fished another hour without anything to show for it. My buddy lost a solid fish on the wacky rig when it broke him off under a pier. We continued down the bank and had a fish blow my frog off the top of the mat. I tossed a Z craw in the hole it left but nothing came of it. My buddy hooked into a solid 5+ largemouth in some grass next to a laydown for our third fish of the day. A little farther down this bank I punched a mat with the Z craw for our 4th fish which was a solid 4 pounds. We moved to another creek which has a big spawning flat in the back with a deep channel towards the mouth. On a secondary point I began punching while my buddy fished the wacky rig. My first pitch into the mat had a fish grab the Z craw so hard I nearly lost my rod. I laid the wood to it and immediately new she was big. I wrestled with her for a good 10 seconds before I got her on top of the mat. She had to be at least 8 pounds, probably more. I put my trolling motor on high and started towards the mat while trying to keep her where she was but to no avail; she slipped under the mat, wrapped me around the grass and came off. To say I was heartbroken would be an understatement but that is the way these things go. I caught one more punching, a small male probably no bigger than 1 1/2 pounds that I threw back. Here are our best three for the day and some pictures of the worm that got them.
I hope you all are having some good fun with Spring fishing!