The Capn is right. I did catch that fish earlier, and I'll tell you how I did it. As soon as a fish misses on a topwater. Set that rod down, pick up the one rigged with soft plastic that sinks really slowly and toss it to the spot the fish missed. The other option is to try a different top water or let your frog sink, but that soup looked pretty thick, so IDK. The ole Zara Spook looks like a frog searching for a bug, try one and when the fish misses let it sit for 20 sec like it's stunned and then move it fast.
Onto another topic. Steve took me back to the strip pits last weekend. Ya know how I said it was magic, the best day of fishing I've ever had, and my arms were tired at the end of the day? Well last Sunday, the magic was gone. It was regular fishing. 25 bass for me from 9:30 to about 5:00. Steve boated 12 bass, only because he wouldn't fish a worm. Said they were boring. I think watching somebody else catch fish is worse than being bored and catching fish, but I'm crazy like that. Here's Steve with one of the early fish of the day.
At one point, Steve asks, "Do you see what I did with that Lil Arkie?" and we proceed to look. Steve even stands up and says is it hanging from me? I don't want to find it in that uncomfortable way." We couldn't find it at all. My best estimation is Aliens came and took that lure and all the damn bass in the pit. 15 minutes later Steve says, "I found it." Naturally I'm curious. Apparently he tied it onto the end of a line. LOL Since misery loves company. I was looking for my garlic spray for my worms and couldn't find it. I just knew I packet it. Once again, I suspected aliens, but as I was unpacking the boat at the end of the day, I found it. Funny thing. It was right where I put it.
I have a new resolution for the next time I fish with Steve. Before we get into the boat, I'll have him practice taking some pics with my phone. They can be difficult until you've used them a little bit. Here's the pic of me.
I got to fish yesterday after skiing with the family and some of my kids friends. I was having a difficult time catching much of anything at Lotawana, but the week before, I'd seen that nearly every dock was holding a big bass or 4, right in the middle of the shade. I began skipping an unlikely looking jig worm as far under docks as I could.
I've included the superglue and the Tiki worm to explain. Ever notice how your stick worms get shredded after a handful of fish? If we were pros, it'd be no big deal, but I got to buy my gear, so I try and get every penny out of each soft plastic. After the full length worm is too shredded to fish Texas on a 1/0 worm hook I pull it off and cut the remainder down and glue them onto a mushroom jig head. That way I can catch fish for hours and not have to worry about the worm coming off. So yesterday, during the high noon sun, I caught a dozen bass with one just under 3 pounds and some aggressive green sunfish.
My advice for skipping this lure. Reel it up to a couple of inches from the rod tip and side arm cast like you're skipping a stone. I hope this helps.
BTW I also was able to swim around and feed the bass by my mom's dock. This is a truly humbling experience. After you toss a half dozen crawdads at medium size bass, the big ones start showing up and their happy to eat. They would follow me for up to 100 feet as long as I was flipping rocks and tossing an occassional crawdad. Next year I'll have a GoPro, like MO and Fisherfanatic and I'll show you guys some unbelievable underwater footage. It makes me feel like Marlin Perkins or Steve Irwin. Frickin' wild kingdom!
MO I really want to see you try a big Zara Spook in that pond you fish, OK?