Catch of the Day
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It was a beautiful and sunny summer day for me on Big Comfort Lake. This is a small lake with murky water and lots of weed growth. It’s better known as a northern pike lake than a bass lake. That’s interesting because you won’t find many lakes that look like a better bass lake than Big Comfort Lake does.
Sure enough, the first catch of the day was a northern pike that I caught on a spinnerbait. This was the first time that I had ever fished this lake, so I started out with a lure that I could cover a lot of water with. Spinnerbaits are excellent northern pike baits, so just in case I couldn’t catch any bass, I was at least prepared to catch some pike. After that I tried a shallow diving crankbait because I seemed to be missing some strikes on the spinnerbait. Short strikes like that happen when the fish isn’t getting enough of the lure in its mouth. Crankbaits have a treble hook right on the end of the lure so short strikes are less of a problem.
After catching several northern pike on the crankbaits, I decided not to worry anymore about the pike and their short strikes, and went back to using spinnerbaits and crankbaits, concentrating on the bass again. Refocusing on the bass seemed to really help me, because I caught several bass after doing that. Most of the bass were on the small side, but I did catch one that was close to three pounds.
All in all, I had a great time fishing this lake, but it does seem to be a better northern pike lake than a bass lake.
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Lures Used: Crankbaits and Spinnerbaits. Water Clarity: Stained. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Weeds, weedlines, and points. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: Short strikes.