A Day on the Water — Bass Poppers

11) Popper Pattern for Detroit River Smallmouth, July 17

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11) Popper Pattern for Detroit River Smallmouth, July 17

Wyandot is close to my work and I put in there to paddle out to Grassy Island.  I was originally drawn to this spot because I thought this was the Grassy Island that was a famous Musky spot, it is not that Grassy Island but I did find decent fishing for largemouth that are larger than usual in the Detroit-Saint Clair system.  I also ran into some very large and aggressive gar once.   I fished 3/4 of the way around the Island and some of the vast weedy flat on the Michigan side.  Nothing except at the upstream head of...

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6) Marabou Prototype Bob's Banger Pattern on Sterling State Park Bass

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6) Marabou Prototype Bob's Banger Pattern on Sterling State Park Bass

Prototype Bob's Marabou Banger Popper got hit relentlessly.  Last time, I lost the video I got here of bass busting my Popping Wedge when I soaked my phone on the relaunch for the difficult relaunch on the portage back.  Hence this rematch. Today the bass are not hitting well.  I got one bass trying several colors and styles of poppers.  When the sun got lower and I arrived at the best spawning habitat, I needed to change my fly.  A flashy white marabou version of Bob's Banger caught my eye and it started getting hit regularly.  I got some of the hits...

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5) Popping Wedge Pattern & Sterling State Park Bass, May 22

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5) Popping Wedge Pattern & Sterling State Park Bass, May 22

I portaged to a back pond and began prospecting for bass.  This is a shallow pond with lots of wood cover and many kinds of weed cover.  Two years ago I fished here at this time during a much warmer spring.  Then, the weed growth was more advanced and the water level not so crazy high.  I caught lots of bass on a 2/0 White Popping Wedge, some up to 19 inches.    As I worked around the pond, I found 13 inch bass widely scattered in dead cattail stalks or relating to shoreline wood cover.  After the 2nd bass was...

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