October 13, 2006
I fished with Scott & Manson on a local lake today and even though it was Friday the 13th, we still did great! The day started with air temps in the 40’s and they climbed only into the low 50’s be days end. The water temps were 60 degrees in most areas and slightly cooler in the shallower water. With a light wind from the S at 5 to 10 knots, I knew we were going to have a great day. Most of the day was sunny with a few afternoon cloudy periods causing some of the shallower fish to relocate to deeper water. On the first drift in 20 to 30 feet of water with tubes, it only took about 30 seconds for a fish to come aboard. Manson was to draw first blood today as he still had a grudge with Scott after their trip last year! It wasn’t a huge fish, but it was the first. It didn’t take long before both of them were tight lined frequently and everyone was fighting smallies on a consistent basis. The only bad thing about this was that they were dropping most of the fish they were hooking! Eventually they were both managing to keep more on than they were loosing and fish in the 3 to 5 pound range were coming aboard regularly. Manson dominated the morning hours, but Scott regained his title in the afternoon by landing plenty of huge fish of his own. Later in the afternoon, Manson was bringing in what seemed like a decent sized bass until we saw that it was actually a Muskie, when it neared the boat. It took a long run and drag peeled off the reel before he began to gain on the fish. Unfortunately to everyone’s surprise, he only reeled in a 2 pound smallie. This little fish was pretty scarred up, but it was his lucky day as we released him back into the lake. Too bad Manson wasn’t able to catch the Muskie as it would have been his first! By the end of the day, there had to have been close to 40 smallies landed and almost that missed as well. This definitely had the makings of a spectacular day for both size & numbers. All in all, it was still a great day on the water!!!