Meridian Star

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October 4, 2013

Hot Action at Triple D Ranch

MERIDIAN — Kye Clearman wanted to give his son a special birthday present so he inquired about a guided trip to Triple D Ranch to seek a lunker bass, not just any bass mind you, but the bass of a lifetime. At the time hunting season was in full swing and I thought it best to wait until the water warmed up and action got a bit better. Catching a lunker bass is one thing, but the best you’ve ever caught is quite another.

    The day finally arrived but the weather was hot and muggy and nary a breeze was blowing nor were fish stirring on the surface. We cruised along a shoreline working worms and quickly picked up a couple fish and then started searching for a hidden school of bass. Had we waited until the weather got too hot? I was afraid we had, but knew it only took one cast to catch the trophy of a lifetime at this lake.

    When the fish are biting in shallow water anybody can catch them but when it gets hot the fish go deep or become inactive most of the time. The key is locating them and feeding them what they want. And that’s just what we aimed to do. As we moved over a shallow ledge working worms very slowly Kye changed gears and flung a Strike King Redeye Shad near a brushpile and cranked it towards the boat.

    Wham! Something stopped his lure dead a split second before showering down on the gas and stripping out line. Suddenly a monster bass exploded through the surface trying to spit the lure out. Time and again the lunker tail-walked across the surface before wallowing wildly and disappearing. Clearman finally wore the bass down and brought it into the boat. Amazingly we’d only been at the lake a couple hours when he landed his personal best, a lunker that weighed seven pounds eight ounces.

    As the morning wore on the bites got slower and the heat and humidity were taking a toll. “I think the major feeding period was listed as midday today,” Kye Clearman said.

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