A panoramic from the Berkshires
As we twisted our way west into the Berkshires, I realized that I had underestimated just how long it had been since I fished. I hadn't wet a line in over a month and a half and hadn't fished in western Mass. since late-July. We arrived to find cool water, dying lily pads, and vegetation that was quickly becoming dormant. Fall had arrived and wasn't wasting any time. But the sky was clear and sunny, making it pleasantly warm. We started around 10 AM and despite my hesitation about throwing topwaters so late in the day, I just couldn't resist. I started throwing my new favorite frog (the Deps Basirisky) while Mary May worked a Lucky Craft Gunfish. It didn't take long for MM to hook up along a weed edge. The short largemouth wasn't a giant, but it was a start.
MM fishing in front of a beautiful backdrop
We decided to paddle across the lake and circle back around toward the launch, since we only had a couple hours to fish before heading to a farewell dinner. We took in the gorgeous surroundings as we paddled. The fall foliage is starting to really kick into gear and it is stunning. In the first ten minutes on the far side of the lake I had two nice fish, one a 4-5 lb bass and the other a big pickerel, blow up my frog, but not get hooked up. They would be my only frog bites of the day. But I did manage to get a few strikes on a sparkler rig (see previous posts as to what that is) and an LC Gunfish. MM also picked up a few bass on her Gunfish.
A chunky topwater bass for MM
Then the topwater bite died. I mean it totally shut off. So I started flipping and MM started throwing a jerkbait. I spotted a large, submerged boulder on a drop off, pitched to it, and immediately felt a good bite. The fish crushed the sparkler rig and was pulling hard on my 7' Carolina Custom Rods - Jig & Worm rod. It was a fun fight in the clear water and eventually I lifted the 4 lber from the lake. As always, we snapped a few photos and sent the fish on its way.
My biggest bass of the day
Lucky Craft Flash Minnow SP - an assortment of bass and pickerel. I was trying to keep up - throwing a Spro Aruku Shad and Lucky Craft Pointer jerkbait. All of those baits were producing and the fishing were coming in flurries as we drifted over areas with subsurface weed clumps.
MM's new personal best!
Now it is time to get in as many trips as possible, because winter will be here before we know it. Until next time, tight lines!