The Pacific Northwest is home to magnificent waters. Instead of the usual trout and salmon obsession, I fish the dark side; fanatically chasing smallmouth and largemouth bass across the state. The warmest water temperature I came across this year was 72 degrees – a far stretch from my friends in the South.
Despite tough conditions, my trip to Newman Lake, Washington, was by far the most exciting fishing trip I have ever endured. If you know me by now, putting the boat away for Winter is not an option until it’s dangerously cold. I left the house around 8am on 10/8/2011 only to arrive at the lake with the public boat launch under construction. Scratching my head, I got a hold of a gentlemen who was working at a private launch just down the road. Much to my surprise, he granted me access to his launch without charging me a dime – talk about giving credit where credit is due.
I pointed the boat North and couldn’t help but feel some sort of “weird” feeling. Was I knowingly going to catch a giant today, I asked myself? Or was it the fog covered lake that brought on an eerie disposition? Regardless of the feeling, I noticed a stretch of docks that were receiving direct sunlight through a hole in the spider webs of fog. I took it as a sign and immediately began throwing my River2Sea Touchdown Rubber Jig. A few fish gave me my pattern – rocks and docks were giving off enough heat to keep the fish in less than 10 feet of water.
While my wife decided to stay home and enjoy the warm house, most of you know that I always carry my photography camera and video camera just in case. I was not able to get the hookset on film, but at I was able to capture my own reaction, along with some hootin’ and hollerin’.
Thought Provoking Presentation
Before you watch the video, lure selection was the most important choice of the day. Fall is quickly moving in, along with wind and cold temperatures. Knowing that the bass are probably trying to take advantage of prey for a long Winter layoff, I wanted something that could accomplish two things:
1) A heavy lure was needed due to the strong winds, and
2) I needed something that I could soak, meaning let sit for long periods of time without it leaving the strike zone.
The River2Sea Touchdown Jig is a hand-tied, flat rubber jig that expands to a larger profile than traditional silicone jigs. Using a 3/4oz version enabled the jig to fall fast, yet stay in the strike zone longer than lighter models. The Touchdown Jig features a matte black finish and a 5/0 hook that could lift a tree.
Rod and Reel
My Shimano Curado/Crucial combo gave me the drag and backbone needed to land this giant. Using a 7:1 geared reel helped bring the nose of the fish up right away. A few swings of her tail and I could tell she was already headed for the net.
Most of all, the Leverage Landing Net once again helped me land the fish of a lifetime without the possibility of injury. The rubber-dipped nylon netting is strong, yet safe for the slime coat and scales. The handle design made it easy to lift the giant out of the water and into the boat.
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