Trip No. FW0105 Furnace Pond - Pembroke April 1, 2005
Weather Conditions Catch Log
TRIP TIME 5:30 - 6:30 PM
AIR TEMP 45°
SKY CONDITIONS Partly Cloudy
WIND ESE @ 16 mph
BAROMETER 30.11 -
WATER TEMP 37°
WATER CLARITY Murky
WAVE HEIGHTS N/A
SWELLS N/A
CURRENT N/A
MOON PHASE Last Quarter
HIGH TIDE N/A
LOW TIDE N/A
Equipment Used:
Rod Daiwa Apollo AG18
Reel Shimano AXUL-S
SPECIES LENGTH WEIGHT LURE/BAIT USED COLOR METHOD
Calico Bass 13.2" 1 lb.  5 oz. 7cm Rapala Original Minnow Fire Tiger Surface Twitching
Largemouth Bass 13.0" 1 lb.  4 oz. 7cm Rapala Original Minnow Fire Tiger Jerky Retrieve
Calico Bass 12.6" 1 lb.  1 oz. 7cm Rapala Original Minnow Fire Tiger Surface Twitching
Largemouth Bass 10.9"         12 oz. 1/16 oz. Rooster Tail Spinner Brown Moderate Retrieve
Calico Bass 10.8"         11 oz. 7cm Rapala Original Minnow Fire Tiger Surface Twitching
SUMMARY :
After suffering through one of the worst winters I can ever remember, it felt so good to start the new season, even if it was an abbreviated session. With a storm coming in for the weekend, an hour after work had to do for the season opener. I decided to pick my favorite pond, which I fished the north side of in 3-5' of water.

It absolutely amazes me that after having fished for over 35 years, I am still regularly surprised by things that happen during my fishing trips. It did not surprise me that my favorite pond produced five fish in an hour, but it did surprise me that two of the fish were largemouth bass. In fact, I can't recall the last time that a largemouth bass was my first fish of the season.

The trip started slow with me pitching a 1/8-ounce Marabou Jig to no avail. Having limited sunlight, I switched to a 1/16-ounce brown dressed spinner and landed my first fish of the season - a clean, healthy largemouth bass of nearly 11 inches. That would be the only fish caught on the spinner. When I switched to a 1/8-ounce plug, I landed the rest of my fish before the lack of sun and cold temperature got to me. This pond had ice on it just a week ago.

For The Record...
TRIP NUMBER TOTAL FRESH TOTAL SALT TOTAL TIME TOTAL FISH TOTAL SPECIES LARGEST SMALLEST
1 1 0 1 Hour 5 2 13.2" (1 lb. 5 oz.) 10.8" ( 11 oz. )
Compared To Last Year...
+1 +1 even +1 Hours +5 +2 +13.2" (+ 1 lb. 5 oz.) +10.8" ( +11 oz.)
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2005 South Shore Fishing