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.