Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One lure, two fish

It always sounds like a fish tale to non-anglers, and it's not the most common occurence for fishermen, but it does happen. It happened to me this morning while casting a 1/8-ounce Mepps Black Fury spinner in a farm pond.

Using an ultralight rod-and-reel, hooking a decent sized bream can make you feel like you're offshore fishing. Try catching two bream that don't agree on the direction they wish to travel, and you'll think you've slipped up and hooked into a trophy largemouth. At least that was my thought before finally getting the fish close enough to see that two bream had attacked the Mepps lure, with them each catching a barb apiece on the treble hook.

The water at all my fishing holes is so warm that the fish are only active very early and very late. I've had more luck very early when the water has had all night to cool. Soft plastic baits haven't been getting much attention. Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits in a variety of sizes have accounted for almost all the bass I've caught, and the Mepps Aglia and Black Fury spinners have caught many bream and a few bass as well.

PhotosByBrianCope: Ferocious! Two bream fought over this Mepps Black Fury spinner. They both lost. The Black Fury isn't a 1-trick pony; it catches its share of bass as well as bream.

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