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Mission Overview: The mental batteries were low on charge since I'd not gotten on a serious swimbait bite for some time, even though the children sure had, even on the Matt Lures Jitterfish. Therefore a dawn patrol was called for - swimbait heavy, and no holds barred. I prepped the night before loaded, as is typical, for bear - Hudds, BBZs, Slammers, Punkers, Hard Gills.

Takeoff time: Dawn - I had a 3-h window to play with and I planned to make the best of it. Too many of my trips this summer were banker's hours trips with banker's results (no offence to any real bankers out there).

Location: Classified - let's just say it is a well managed gravel pit between Boulder and Fort Collins.

Mission report: The day was made when the sun first peaked over the horizon - there was mist on the water and mist in the air and it looked, well, awesome.


Things soon got better. Right after I snapped the sunrise shot, I decided to make a couple of casts to "check the bank" for close-in fish and clear any loose line. Of course, the first cast landed in at least 10 FOW and was probably 50 yds out. Close-in is a matter of opinion. But hey, I wasn't complaining, not when this chunky little guy decided that a BBZ-1 Jr should not wake obliviously across the surface.


Fearing the dreaded "first cast, first fish curse", I decided to "check the bank" a bit more, and proceeded to pepper a 180-degree area with casts. No joy. Time to launch the pontoon - so I made one last, long cast, set the rod on the pontoon, and went to flip the transport wheel. Splashing was heard at my 5 o'clock. What the...

Deadstick fish! Turns out that this particular bass was insulted by the BBZ-1 Jr.'s irresponsible behavior, or lack thereof, so he blasted it. Let's hear it for the very sharp hooks! I wish I'd had the other rod ready since this bass was escorted to shore by a couple of others.

I finally launch, and it's as close to a WFO swimbait bite as I've seen for a while. The BBZ-1 Jr was getting boiled on, followed, and even smacked, sometimes right at pontoon-side. No hook-ups. Wa I doing something wrong? I changed rods to find out. The BBZ-1 was left trailing about 10' from the pontoon. The Punker went into low ballistic trajectories again, and again, and again. As it "Brian Boitano'd" back it too drew the odd boil, follow, and on one cast, an angry side-slap that knocked it about a foot sideways. Somehow the triple trebles missed! So then I put on the custom ROF2 Hudd. No gentle entry here, and no vicious result - a couple of follows, one half-hearted tap, and that was it. Meanwhile, the trailing BBZ-1 Jr was still getting attention 10 feet from the pontoon, with fish boiling behind it and to either side. Naturally, I put on a Hard Gill, and that got slapped, hard, by a small bass, but the hooks pulled.

Finally, finally, I came to my senses, put down the second rod, and went back to the BBZ-1 Jr. My efforts were soon rewarded with this bass:


And a little while later with this one:


And so the morning went. I landed one more bass (no pic, but you'll just have to believe me - or not) and missed a few more. The key today was cadence, or rather, changing cadence. First thing, either a very slow and steady roll or a deadstick was king. As it got later/lighter/brighter, a waking presentation was stilled called for, but to get strikes you needed to DC in funnels real or imagined. I imagined a lot of funnels and probably looked like I washing a fit as I twitched and twisted in the 'toon. It worked, and hey, nobody but a couple of other tubers and some joggers/walkers were there to see.

Mission rating: Excellent. Fish weren't particularly big, but this was just a swimbait trip, not a big fish swimbait trip. I was happy, the batteries were topped off, and I can now tackle the work week with a more justified distracted look on my face!
 

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Nice Job Doc!! I knew when I took a look at that bait out in Cali 4 years ago that Siemantel gave to his good buddy (Mike)before it was on the market who is friends with my Cuz that is was going to be Killer here in Colorado! We went to Diamond and he was Killing Fish on it!! Tried to get him to get me one before they came out but he wasnt even supose to show anyone the one he had! ;)
 

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nice job doc! the funny part is that while George kills them on the 6", I have only been able to get them to hit on the 8". haha.
 

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marledge said:
nice job doc! the funny part is that while George kills them on the 6", I have only been able to get them to hit on the 8". haha.
You know, this is the first time I've had sustained success on the 6". I've thrown it a fair bit and until this fall, my kids were catching fish on it (and still are) and I wasn't. Now I've got a few notches on the lure (so my casting is sometimes "ambitious" and lure meets wall/rock/dock/shore but it seems to be finally working. I need to spend some time throwing both - actually, I really want to try a modified "Moorman Double Hudd rig with a Double BBZ-1 Jr."
 

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Real nice work, Doc! Looks like a great day, for sure. I'm always amazed at the success you have with the big baits (even though I probably shouldn't be, cuz hey, it's what you do!).

I've been thinking about downsizing to the 6" BBZ, and probably buying a couple of slow sink versions too. I still can't seem to convince any wipers to eat that BBZ-1 8".... :-\

Another great post/read. Glad to see it, it's been a little bit...
 

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Excellent post as usual. I truly enjoy reading your posts, we all can learn something from your writing style! Glad to see all is going well for you! Keep 'em coming, thanks Doc!
 

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Good looking green trout! Make sure to purchase one of each rate of fall. The bbzs come in three different variances. Floater, slow sink, and fast sink. Trust me, they fish like three different baits. There are days when fish react well to one type and won't even look at the other two. Its funny, I consider them totally different lures. Most of the time, I will have one of each tied on a different rod. I know $20 a piece seems expensive. $60 for all three still beats the price of some other more high dollar swimbaits. Is Spro a publically traded company? (LOL)
 

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Fantastic report Mr-Swimbait-king-himself!!!

D.J.
 

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I recognize that spot Doc. That's one of my favorites. In fact, that's where we first met. Oh shucks.....I'm getting sentimental. Keep it up. Now I know why all the fish I catch outta there have bloody lips!!! >:D
 

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Fredo said:
I recognize that spot Doc. That's one of my favorites. In fact, that's where we first met. Oh shucks.....I'm getting sentimental. Keep it up. Now I know why all the fish I catch outta there have bloody lips!!! >:D
Yeah, it's a good spot. I blame the bloody lips on some other people I know who frequent the spot more than I do, though...
 
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