There is just something up about launching a bass boat at a vacant boat ramp in November or December, knowing that most anglers have winterized their boats, put their tackle in storage and are either watching football or hunting, that is appealing to me.
Knowing that almost certainly I will have the lake or river to myself as well as the bass that are in it. I went fishing this past Sunday, the weather was awful but my Under Armour from KrugerFarms and the smallmouth made it not so bad.
To be honest, the fishing was kind of tough, the smallies were just barely nipping and grabbing our presentations in 25-38ft of water, but I guess that was to be expected when we had a 30 degree temperature swing over night and the water was only 42 degrees. It is always nice to fish with good equipment, but when fishing that deep and the bites were as light as they were, I know my Dobyns Champion Extreme DX 744 put extra fish in the boat. The balance, sensitivity and overall balance made it the perfect option for scraping football jigs in that deep cold water. Check out a few of the catches we got on video. You could not move your jig slow enough for these fish.
I did pick up one fish on a drop shot leech and Paul got a couple bites on a shakey head, but almost all the fish fell for the football jigs. Overall, we boated around 26 smallmouth, which is pretty good anytime, but under the conditions it was darn good. When we got off the water, it was so cold that when Paul went to spray and wipe down his boat, it just froze to the side of the boat!
Even though we just had a cold snap that froze most of our local ponds, I am pretty sure I will give it another shot this weekend. Late fall / early winter fishing can be great, but make sure you are dressed right, if you need some UnderArmour, KF has the best selection you will find anywhere!