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Gabby’s fishing fever

Trip was a dream for bass fisherman


Fishing columnist Greg “Gabby” Caudill poses with one of the nice largemouth bass he caught while visiting in Georgia last week.

Fishing columnist Greg “Gabby” Caudill poses with one of the nice largemouth bass he caught while visiting in Georgia last week.

This past weekend offered the type of bass fishing that anglers like me dream about.

We traveled to Georgia to celebrate a birthday with members of our family who have a small lake in front of their house. If you read this column regularly, you already know I have fished there many times over the years. I have caught several nice bass there in past years, but this weekend was something special for me in terms of bass fishing.

I started out bass fishing at about 7 a.m. Saturday morning with a shallow-running crank bait. This bait was colored a brown and orange crawdad pattern.

I started by casting to a point with a lot of wood cover. On my third cast I felt the bait take a hard hit and set the hook. I could tell it was a big bass. After a good fight I pulled it in and was holding a four-pound bass about 18 inches long — a very nice bass.

After a few more casts I hooked into another good bass on the same bait. When I got it in to the bank, I discovered it was about three pounds — a good keepersize bass. After a while the action slowed as the weather got hot. So we took a break and decided to try it again when the shade came over later. This proved to be a smart choice that would pay off big.

After throwing the crank bait again and not getting any strikes, I slowed things down and started fishing a plastic worm. Soon, I hooked into another bass that weighed more than three pounds.

This was a trip I will never forget. I feel blessed to have been able to take this trip and catch all these big bass.


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