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Pad Crashin’

September 26, 2013

Finally, some much needed rain started to fall the evening of Saturday, September 14.  My hope was that it would continue through the morning providing a prime opportunity for top-water action in the slop.  Instead, I awoke to blue skies and a sharp NNW wind as the front-had passed.  Nonetheless, my second cast with a black willow-leaf spinner bait landed this scrappy bass.

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Much like a barrier reef, the outside pads and mats of milfoil acted as a current break for the wind and provided relatively flat water in the shallows (1′ – 2′ of water).  It became evident after a few more casts that the weeds were much to think for the spinner bait and I fished to a Booyah Pad Crashing Frog.  I loved the popping action and the tantalizing legs.  It looked so good that I was confident I’d get a bite.  It took a few more casts than I thought but a wake emerged out of nowhere and smacked it.

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Concerned that I was going to get forced off by the high winds if I stayed much longer I headed for one other nook out of the wind and caught two more small largemouth bass on spinner baits.  I did try the fly rod with a Dahlberg Diver and hooked one fished that promptly shook itself free after a quick aerial display.

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Not bad for just over an hour of fishing.

– Hats

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  1. October 1, 2013 2:48 am

    Very nice fish, I live in Minnesota as well, and would appreciate it if you would check out my blog at http://northstarangler.wordpress.com/. I was also wondering what part of Minnesota you live in, I live 40 minutes east of st. cloud and fish a lot of the local lakes.
    TIGHT LINES.

    • October 2, 2013 10:32 am

      Thanks for reading. I live just south of Minneapolis and am lucky to have a couple lakes within ten – fifteen minutes of my house that are quality largemouth bass lakes. Nice fish that you caught on the Rum River and Splithand Lake. – Hats

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