The Fish Sniffer - Big Bucketmouths Bite Before Cold Snap
Big Bucketmouths Bite Before Cold Snap

Written By: Dan Bacher, December 18, 2013
Species: Bass
Location: Clear Lake,

Mike Sperbeck and Larry Hemphill, fishing guide, hit Clear Lake for an afternoon and about 3 hours after dark before the recent cold snap.

“It was a very special trip for Mike, as all personal best trips are,” said Hemphill. “How does 11.35 lbs sound? I love that feeling when I can't lift the net into the boat with one hand! I tried to keep up (not really) but was 4 lbs short - my best was 7.25 lbs.”

“We had 3 more between 5 and near 6 lbs for a best 5 of 34-1/4 lbs. It was the first 30+ limit of the year,” stated Hemphill. “We missed a few and landed three others between 3-1/2 and 4-3/4 lbs. We had a somewhat stiff south wind, which made boat control quite different. It could have gotten some big fish moving, however.”

Jigs produced for the two anglers; Mike was using his own homemade jig w/Yamamoto grub trailer. Hemphill was using one of the Blade Runner jigs - 1/2 oz. Rick Tietz said it was a newer brown/orange color.

“I am not sure if the bass knew that it was the dark of the moon. We stayed in the Clearlake arm most of the time. Areas that had steepest drop-offs held the biggest bass,” noted Hemphill.

The water temperature was 54-56 degrees and the water was stained, with 2 to 4 feet visibility.

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