A Day on the Water — Big Smallmouth
10) North Channel Smallmouth, Popovics' Popper Pattern RULES! July 10
Bass Poppers Big Smallmouth Bob's Banger Popper Marabou Banger Popper Pike Popper Popovick's Jiggy
On the long padIe downstream from the launch in Saint Johns Marsh, I tried for largemouth in some new to me shallow weedy bays and some seawall spots, nothing there. Nearer the mouth of the North Channel, the current flowed briskly over deep, partially weeded flat. Drifting along the 8 foot contour, casting Poppers out across the current toward 12 or 15 ft depths near the edge of the much deeper central channel. On the first drift the White 3/0 Marabou Banger got hit by a very big, hard fighting smallmouth that shook the hook on the first high jump. I stopped to set...
11) Popper Pattern for Detroit River Smallmouth, July 17
Bass Fishing Bass Poppers Big Smallmouth Bob's Banger Popper Kayak Bass
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...