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Scrounging for Bass

September 28, 2012

August 31, 2012

As a reader of the Journal of a Minnesota Angler I was intrigued by his frequent success using a Bubble Gum Fluke.  Pink, more manly marketed as bubble gum, is a color I have generally shied away from. The only pink, excuse me – bubble gum, lures you can find in my tackle box are the two spinner baits and Culprit worms purchased by wife over ten years ago.  Since quite a few of the lakes here in the Twin Cities have a greenish tinge to them, I thought maybe the Minnesota Angler was on to something given the high visibility of bubble gum.  With a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods in hand, I made a bee line to the fishing department to see what I could scrounge up.

The first thing that caught my interest was a Scrounger jig head.  Since I’m  playing with found money I figure what the heck and plop them in my basket. I might as well try something new.  Next up, swim baits to put on the Scrounger.   While it’s not like I don’t have have any swim baits, what fisherman doesn’t need more.  I’ve had lots of success with Berkley Power Bait so it didn’t take much arm twisting for these Green Back Pearl swim baits to jump into my shopping basket.  Walking the aisles I can picture these swim baits dancing through the water as the rod tip thumps with the action provided by the Scrounger jig.

Like a kid in a candy store, I end up buying more than I intend to and next land a Rapala flat billed crank bait, some KVD Ocho Worms, another favorite of the Minnesota Angler, Bass Magic Shakey Head jig heads, and two top water frog baits.  Now, what did I come here for?

Oh, that’s right. I meant to buy some Bubble Gum Flukes.  Back to the soft plastics aisle where I scan the rows and rows of baits before they jump out at me.

There are a number of  Zoom Baits plastics in my tackle box already and the decision to purchase this bag of Salty Super Flukes is easy.  Armed with a bunch of new baits, I’m eager to hit Mt. Normandale Lake tomorrow for about an hour and a half before work.

Hitting the water at about 6 a.m. in my Pelican Bass Raider I ply the murky slop of Mt. Normandale Lake with a Bubble Gum Fluke rigged on a Bass Magic Shakey Head.  There is an algae bloom courtesy of the recent warm spell that has covered a majority of the lake in a carpet of green.  Casting to the open edges it isn’t long before a toothy northern pike takes a swipe at my bait.  Nothing else goes after the Bubble Gum Fluke and I switch to the Scrounger and swim bait combo.  Before taking a cast I run it along side the boat to get a feel for its action. I like what I see and feel.

The water is really shallow, even in normal times, so I keep my rod tip high as I work the bait slowly back from the edge of the slop, pausing to jig it past clumps of coon tail and other assorted weeds.  Maybe it is the warm water and algae bloom (see pike photo), but not much is going on with anything I throw.  I keep scrounging and finally eke out this sickly looking bass.  I miss one other fish that swipes at my bait before it is time to leave.  Putting the Minn-Kota on five, I high tail it back to the access where I have to be careful not to slip on the goose poop.

All in all it was a great way to start the day and I got to try some new baits.

– Hats

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  1. Benny permalink
    October 13, 2012 12:26 pm

    I’ve had limited success with bubble gum colored worms. I was talking with a guy fishing for largemouth on small lake (pond) using a 4″ straight worm rigged wacky style. He swore by them so I picked some up and gave it a try. Caught a couple average size largemouth that way. Have tried them a couple times on my favorite small mouth fishery with no luck. The only thing I caught was some ribbing by my buddy for throwing “candy” at the fish. Seems smallies prefer the pumpkinseed color.

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