Well, where do I start with this report? I guess at the beginning...I met Bobby at his house at 545am this morning. We pulled out of his driveway and my good friend knows how to get the morning started right with bagels, donuts and coffee from the local Dunkin Donuts, his treat!
We pulled up to the ramp at Liberty about 620am and with my broken arm all I could do was watch Bobby put the boat in the water. No worries though, Bob likes his normal routine and would rather do it by himself. It was absolutely gorgeous with a cool crisp breeze. As we motored up lake toward Smallmouth Alley Bob and I bowed in prayer asking the Lord to keep us safe on the water, to enjoy our time together and to maybe toss in a few fish for us. Just a few minutes later, as we turned Oakland Point we looked up ahead and noticed a balloon floating on top of the water. I piloted Bob's boat over to it as Bob reached over and retrieved it. Both of us thinking the balloon was going to say "Happy Birthday" got a good chuckle when we saw that it read "Thank You". We laughed and talked about how we thought it was God thanking us for the prayer to start the day.
Well, we got to our 1st spot in Smallmouth Alley and it didn't take long for Bobby to get a follow on his jerkbait. Immediately, I toss a jig in the spot I thought the fish went back to and BANG! a nice 2lbs lm. Over the next few hours we stayed in Smallmouth Alley struggling to find the fish. Then we pull up to a point that Bob and I both fished many times separately and discussed how we both felt this point was a spot for a smallmouth LUNKER. It wasn't long before Bob was bouncing his Silver Buddy and I look over and his rod is bent in half. He fights the fish and true to form that smallie came up to the top and Bob's silver buddy just came unbuttoned and the fat girl headed south. We just looked at each other and gasped. A few seconds later she came back up and caused a commotion and we agreed she thought she was still hooked and was trying to throw the hooks. A couple of minutes later I toss my lure out and DOINK! I set the hook and nail the Beast seen in the pic. We continue to struggle and bounce around the lake. Watching for bait, watching for temperature changes, fishing some of our confidence spots.
Finally, near the end of the day we talked about hitting a spot that seemed would fit given the conditions and seasonal patterns. Over the next hour or so, we fished a productive area losing 2 really nice fish and catching 2.
We finished with 8 fish. 3 nice fish literally lost at the boat.
Water temp at launch 54. Water temp leaving 57.