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Subject: #2120: First bass
Submitted by loowie (188.8.131.52) from CALIFORNIA on 3/15/07 11:09:50 am:
My first bass was hooked here in southern cal on a small lake. I'm wakin the shore when I see a brushy point. I flipped a little curly-tail around the edge, and POW!!. He ( or she ) gave me a good tussle, and spit the lure back in my face. I smiled, and have been hooked on bassin ever since.
Keep your hooks wet,
loowie, your tale of the bass spitting your lure back at you reminds me of the first Musky I ever tangled with. I was wading a creek here in WV and casting an orange with black spots flatfish. I was actually after bass but a pretty good Musky jumped completely out of the water to grab my lure before it hit the water. The rod I was using didn't have enough spine for me to bury the hook into the bone in his mouth, so I missed it. But I threw the lure back to where it was before and it immediately hit again. I struck once more and for a short time I had him hooked but he came out of the water shaking all over and spit the lure right at me. I had to really duck or the lure would have hit me in the face. It took me quite awhile to get the lure out of the trees alonside the creek and when I tried to get it to take the lure again, he had either been stung enough or just left the area I was fishing because I never saw it again.
Since that time, I have always kept a separate tackle box of assorted sized Musky lures on hand. The largest Musky lure I have is a Cisco Kid that is 12 inches long that I have had for probably 40 years. But the very best lure I have used for Muskies is a 6 inch Jointed Pikie. I have caught far more muskies on that one type lure than I have on all the rest together.