The Best Day of Georgia River Fishing
I've Ever Even Heard About!!
Fishing Addict with (left) his largest spotted bass of the day
(3 pounds, 9.6 ounces) and his biggest largemouth bass (5 pounds, 8 ounces).
These were just the tip of the iceberg!
(Editor's note: Fishing Addict ( real name: Randy, from
Cartersville) went fishing on February 15th, and had the best day of bass
fishing I've ever heard about. He took a quick weight and a snapshot and
released every fish. I'll let Randy tell the story, but remember the moral:
you'll probably never have a day of fishing like this, but you are guaranteed
not to have one if you don't get out there and go. The following is Randy's
account from the GRF Message Board:
I saw in my "Bassmasters" calendar
(yeah, I'm a dork) that it was the "best day" to fish this
month.....well, can't pass that up when it is in the mid 60's in February!
Went to FT's (fishtrimbler) stomping grounds again today...
When I first got there I was disheartened....this is the farthest West you can
put in at the Coosa after Rome (before it becomes Lake Weiss)....and this
Tuesday the parking for the ramp was loaded like a weekend in the summer!
Too much pressure, I thought....Well, at least it will be a nice day.
I went to the first set of stumps I came to so I could throw a jerk bait and a
pig and jig for a warm up...the two baits I planned to use the most. Nothing
happened of course...but it is a good time to make sure all the kinks are worked
out of the system!
So I ran up a major feeder creek a small bit and dropped the trolling motor.
Threw the jerk bait on the banks for a while, while pitching a jig in the blow
downs as they came up. NADA (15 minutes).
Well, as I was working along the banks, I came to two mature guys wearing orange
hats fishing with live bait. One guy started firing lures toward my boat as if
to say "not too close, sonny" (can't blame him, as many people
were there today.)
Well, as I got 60 ft away from the orange hat fellers on the boat near the bank
I turned the boat 90 degrees away and worked my way away from them. I kept
pulling the jerkbait....nada.
Well, I passed the guys, and I was in the edge of the creek. I cast towards the
last of the blow downs on the opposite shore with the jerk bait and got
nothing...after 10 feet away from the blowdown I reel the jerkbait in like mad,
ready to motor to the next spot.
But on the way back to the boat, the jerkbait found a nice 2-8
largemouth.....Hmmm....I start to think that I need to reel the jerkbait in fast
as I can to get the reaction strike....
The guys in the orange hats decide to go to the next spot...and while they were
right next to me I hook another fish...a 3#er...They were amused in a way...but
not super amused as they had not caught a thing all day in the same spot....
One guy says "that made your day". I say kiddingly (in Curly voice
from "city slickers") "day ain't over yet!"....Man, if only
I knew what was coming up next....
Well, I threw this jerkbait about 50 times with a fast retieve AND a fast stop
and go retieve...no results...
I think: they want it fast: I will throw a rat-l-trap.
Well, that was the ticket....
I have always wondered how many fish could stack up on one point...
3 pound 8 ounce spotted bass
5 pound largemouth bass
4 pound 14 ounce largemouth bass
With trial and error, I found that if I was in one particular place (not 10
yards down or up) and cast perpendicular to the shore and burned my rat as fast
as I could with my 6.3:1 reel I would get a strike ON EVERY SINGLE CAST. (but
when you burn that fast you miss every other at least.
That sounds impressive until: I did not catch ONE bass under 2.5 #s!!!!!! (I did
catch 2 white bass under 1#)
More impressive: It lasted FOR 2 HOURS!!!!!!
I was beside my self. This could not be happening. It seemed very surreal. I
really had moments where I felt like this was the moment before I would die. No
way could this may big fish be in 20 yards of water....no WAY!!!!
Same stinkin' spot, 3 hours later...things had slowed down but still getting big
fish. My wife calls...the kids are a total mess and she sounds pissed....should
I go to the next place just like this or....I went home!!!
I talked to about 5 bass fisherman in boats much nicer than mine...not one
caught a bass! That must have been because they were all under my boat!
I have had days where I lost count of how many fish I caught...just not days
where I lost count of how many 3.5# and bigger fish I have caught in 2 hours!!!