If you fish for bass very much, you will have many experiences landing some bass you should not and losing some you should land. Some seem stupid, some funny and some just weird. I had four such experiences this past weekend in two tournaments.
Saturday at West Point in the Potato Creek tournament, I pulled up on a hump where I have caught a few bass in the past. My first cast produced a hit and I landed a 2.52 pound spot, a good size one for West Point.
A few casts later with the shaky head I got another bite, set the hook and fought another 2.5-pound spot half way to the boat. It jumped and threw the hook. Why did it come off when the first one did not?
Then a few cast later, this time with a jig and pig, I hooked another 2.5-pound spot, fought it to the boat and could see it down about four feet deep. Then it just came off. Why? I will never know.
Sunday in the Spalding County tournament at Sinclair I was fishing down the bank with my boat about six feet out from a grass bed. I saw a nice bass swimming along in two feet of water, headed the same way as the boat but a little faster.
I have seen cruising bass like that many times and have never caught one of them. But I cast ahead of the bass anyway with my shaky head. The line started moving away from the bank and I set the hook and landed a 3.4 pound largemouth.
A few minutes later I cast to a boat dock post and as my shaky head sank the line started moving under the dock. I set the hook hard enough to make the drag slip a little. I have it set that way to keep from breaking my line. The fish felt strong as it ran under the dock but it just came off the hook.
I kept fishing and landed my fifth fish at about 1:00 and decided to head back toward the ramp. But I stopped at the dock where I had lost the fish, cast the same bait to the same post, and as it sank it started under the dock. This time I landed a 3.52 pounder! I am sure it was the same fish.
I can not remember ever going back and catching the same fish after losing it.
Docks make for some interesting experiences. A couple of years ago I cast a Chatterbait behind a dock and my line went over the corner post. As soon as the bait hit the water a bass grabbed it.
I automatically set the hook and reeled a two pounder up out of the water. Somehow it hung there until I could get the boat close enough to get the net under it.
The same thing happened at Weiss. I cast a shaky head behind a dock and the wind blew my line over a post. When I got a bite I set the hook and reeled a three pound bass up in the air.
As I tried to get close to it, the line suddenly came off the post and the bass took off, pulling hard. I knew my line was frayed from the post but somehow the line held and I landed the fish.
One of the oddest things happened at West Point years ago. I cast a jig to a small brush top right on the bank. I felt a tap and set the hook. The line did not move, I thought I had just hooked the brush. I pulled trying to get it free but could not.
I got close enough to the brush in the muddy water to push my jig off the limb it was hung on with my rod tip, and as I did and raised my rod tip, a two pounder was still hooked. I think I stunned it yanking it against the limb and it never fought!Sometimes you land those weird fish, sometimes you lose them.