PINCH HITTING THE ZARA SPOOK!!
A couple nights ago was one of those nights. It was the kinda night that had me looking for the pause button. If I could have stayed right there and froze time, I wouldn't have thought twice. The conditions were challenging and mother nature was making a statement. It was really hot and humid to start the afternoon then a storm came through, then it rained and it was sunny then rain then thunder then windy. A little bit of everything. I don't shy away from mother nature, (to an extent anyway) I take advantage of it. In between the weather changes there is always a window of opportunity to take advantage of a fish frenzy.
I started the day in the sun and heat throwing a Strike King Bleeding Buzz Bait. In between Lilly Pads and on the edges of drop offs.
Picked up a little guy.
I was able to pick up a few more while the oven was still on. The heavy humidity with the sun was hot.
That one was a little better.
I caught a couple more small ones.
Even though it was a small one, the heat had me sweating up a storm.
In the photo above you can see the pads and the weeds in the water. On the edge of those weeds the water starts to get deeper, that was my target area.
The sky was blue and the sun was shining but that started to change. The dark clouds were rolling in from the north. I was running a shoreline and ran into a couple french anglers that were packing up. The guy said something to me in french, I know some french but it has to be in slow motion. I just sat there and looked at them, one of them pointed to the sky. Ahhh oui I said with a french accent. We talked for a couple minutes. I couldn't really understand them and I don't think they understood me. Great conversation, but I got the message, a storm was rolling in and it was time to go. Not for me, I wanted to hit some spots and get to an area near shore in case I had to find shelter.
Now in my pond hopper I can max out at 3km, top speed, maybe 4km if I am going with the wind. I hit my first spot with some time to spare.
The sky was weird half sunny and half stormy. That was an alright Bass.
In the last video you can see the water is getting nice and still. The calm before the storm, that's an exciting time. There could be some good action but I had to watch the sky and stay close to the shoreline. The water settled right down, just like a sheet of glass. I knew it was time to bring in my pinch hitter. The Zara Spook Jr. I love running the Zara in these conditions.
I found a spot about 6-10 feet deep with weeds and pads. There was an area that had what looked like a sand bottom. With almost no time to spare because of the storm, I put the Zara to work.
A good Bass just in time, as you can see the wind starts to pick up and the weather is about to change.
I pull into shore and get the rain suit on and wait to see what is going to happen.
The storm wasn't to bad windy, thunder and a little lightning. Within fifteen minutes it was calm and raining. It was time to get at it again.
The Pike started to join the party. They weren't big, they were aggressive though.
I was getting some good blow ups too.
The hits were almost every few casts.
The next fish hit me pretty good and it was a good size too.
The Crappie started hitting the Zara. I have caught them on top water before but never on the Zara.
I caught another one after that.
Time went buy pretty quick and before I knew it I had to start heading out. I did a couple casts on the way back.
The night finished the same way it started. I didn't catch big fish, but I caught quite a few.
When your in the game and you want to stay in the game, it's a good idea to have a pinch hitter on deck.