Meridian Star

August 24, 2012

Too Hot to Fish — Think Again!

By Mike Giles
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MERIDIAN —    We shoved the 21 foot Bay Boat off the ramp and started trolling across deep water and working crankbaits among the structure-laden waters. As I cranked a deep diving crankbait across a submerged ledge my lure glanced off a stump and a lunker bass nailed it. In seconds our first lunker of the day was landed and quickly released.

    Robert Smith and Johnny Cumberland joined me on our recent fishing trip and had quite a day on the water. As we worked an old submerged timberline Johnny quickly followed up with a nice bass on a worm from the sunken brush and Smith quickly followed suit with a bass of his own. Not to be left out I pitched a June bug colored worm into the brush top and nailed another one! The temperature was in the upper 90’s but the bass were still biting right up in the heat of the day.

    Robert had heard about the fantastic fishing at Triple D Ranch and inquired about a last minute fishing trip and thankfully, Mrs. Vicki had an opening for another boat with Uncle Mike as the guide. Smith wouldn’t be disappointed in the fishing, as it was about as hot as the temperature.

    For the next hour and a half we battled blazing temperatures and picked up a few bites and bass here and there. Around four things picked up as I pitched a worm onto the edge of a ledge and coaxed a bite from a bass just as the worm fell off the drop.

    Wham! I set the hook and drove the steel home and another battle ensued. After a short struggle I landed the bass and quickly released it.

     After several more casts followed up by bites and bass on almost every cast we were in business. The bass were striking plastic worms worked real slowly. The bites were almost imperceptible, as they were just mouthing the bait. But that’s the way bass bite in extreme heat and the key was that they were eating them.

    As I worked the worm off the submerged shelf I’d lose contact with it for a second and then realize the bass was swimming towards the boat. Then it was simply a matter of reeling in the slack and setting the hook.

    X marked the spot and Smith and Cumberland followed up with nice bass. Though we didn’t catch everything that bit, if you hit that honey hole, you’d get a bite! After pounding the ledge and catching and releasing a pile of bass, we moved on to find another hot spot.

    This time Cumberland pitched a worm into a partially submerged brush top and another bass nailed it. This one was better and things were getting hotter as the sun started sinking in the west. Cumberland’s bass alerted us that small bait fish were trying to hide in the brush but the lunker bass were having none of that.

    Smith pitched near the brush and got another bite. As he reared back and set the hook a lunker bass came up and tail-walked about halfway back to the boat before Smith took control and subdued him and we netted, admired and released another lunker bass.

    For the next hour we caught and released many bass in the two to four pound range, something that is almost unheard of during the Dog Days of Summer.

    Smith would catch a bass and then we’d follow up with bass of our own. As we worked the area around the brush top it was evident that a large school of bass were there and feeding heavily.

    I pitched my worm across a submerged ditch and felt the familiar tap tap just before rearing back on the rod and setting the hook. Cumberland drove the steel home also and we had another double on. Smith followed up with another bass of his own. Things were really ginning now and we were having a large time.

    Before leaving the area a lunker smashed Cumberland’s offering and our biggest bass of the day was landed! While the bass were biting really lightly, they were biting and taking our lures with abandon, almost unheard of this time of year.

At final count we had caught in the neighborhood of 80 bass on one of the hottest afternoons of the year from one of my favorite lakes of all time.

    I don’t care where you fish, public or private; Triple D Ranch is one of the hottest bass lakes in the country. If you’re willing to brave the heat you’ll have an opportunity to catch lunker bass and lots of them. For more information on fishing Triple D Ranch contact Mrs. Vicki Dial at 205-652-7407.

    Contact  Mike Giles at 601-917-3898

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