|Another Pig Redear on a Five Weight. Weighed just a hair under 2lbs.|
I gave Chul the Sage DS2 590-2 I built him and he fished that first with a gurgler. Armed with my RPLX 10 wt, I started with a monster rattle popper Webb gave me. The Charleton Reel, I was using was loaded with an ancient shooting head. So ancient that the running line wasn't even integrated into the head. This set up sucks. Do they even still make set ups like this? I certainly hope not. I bored rather quickly with the 10 wt, as I usually do when I fish big rods. So I switched to my recently repaired T&T 5wt. I've said it before and I will say it again, I absolutely love this rod. Going from the 10 to 5 wt was like night and day. I felt like I was casting air. After seeing some bass in the shallows Chul switched to his 6 wt and sinking line.
|The Days Arsenal.|
From then on, the rest of the day it shut down. Literally. Hundreds of casts and various flies produced not even a single strike. The sun was starting to poke out of the clouds by then. For whatever reason the fish became lock jawed and would follow the fly for a bit but refused to honor us with a take. We did find two other locations that held monster bass. I would guess at least 10 lbs maybe bigger. Its always hard to judge fish size when they are in the water, they always look smaller than they actually are. Towards the end of the day we did find a bluegill nest with at least 10 huge bluegills in the immediate area. They were fighting, mating, spawning, or protecting but none wanted to open their damn mouth. I have no ideal what happened to the water and why it just shut down. Although the fishing sucked after having to come back to the marina, we at least managed not to get skunked. We found 2 new locations where some of the monster bass are located. Chul got to fish his new rod and I managed to fish two of my favorite rods that are now finally back in my arsenal (Sage RPLXi 890-3 and my T&T Helix 5wt S).