A Day on the Water — Bob's Banger Popper

Poppers Lessons Learned on Belleville Lake

Bass Poppers Bob's Banger Popper Kayak Bass

Easy trip, low expectations because the bass here see a lot of pressure. I fished a point forming a narrows on this upper end of this Huron River impoundment. Weed growth was at the perfect stage to allow casting to shoreline cover. About 100 yards down the point toward a shallow bay got an 11 inch Smallmouth then a 17 incher that was  bleeding badly before I got a hold of her lip.  The barbless hook came out of her gills easily, I never lifted out of the water and let her go without a photo.  Bluegills were on beds and...

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15) Bass & Pike on Popper Pattern North Channel, August 16

Bob's Banger Popper Kayak Fishing Pike Poppers

15) Bass & Pike on Popper Pattern North Channel, August 16

I used Poppers most of the day, all the hits were on variations of White Bob's Bangers. I got 4 nice fish, 1 Pike, two 18 inch Largemouth, a nice Smallmouth along with a smaller 12 inch Largemouth.  I also had a brief hot spurt on the 3/0 White Marabou Banger when I lost 2 good large mouth and got another 18 incher.  The second cast of the early morning with a 5/0 10 inch Wake Banger got hit on a rapid strip retrieve just under the surface.  The beautifully colored pike took it as crossed over the deep drop off from a shallow weed bed...

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19) Fall Top Water Bite, N. Channel, St. Clair R. Sept 19

Bob's Banger Popper Kayak Bass

19) Fall Top Water Bite, N. Channel, St. Clair R. Sept 19

Big number of hits on Poppers, 5 good bass landed, many more missed, many lost partly due to unusual circumstances.  I screwed up what was probably the Smallmouth of a life time.  No Pike even though I tried. The North Channel of the Saint Clair River often runs crystal clear, today it was dissapointingly cloudy, 5 foot visibility at  best, when the sun got higher you could make out the color of the bottom in 7 feet.   I started with a big 3/0 Chartreuse Marabou Banger.  Casting it to the cottage breakwalls and shallower inlet channels as I drifted down steam. ...

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18) Cape Cod Sept 11-13

Bob's Banger Popper Kayak Stripers

18) Cape Cod Sept 11-13

Tough day at the Merrimack River Outlet.  There are 2 kayak launches on the south bays.  Bait can sometime stack up in some of those bays but a strong North wind required a long paddle across to sheltered water.  I fished poppers to various north shore spots by the camp ground, working up toward the mouth aong with my shadow seal.  When the tide turned and started running out, I quickly got myself back in far enough inside to the first survivable eddy.  I anchored and fished Bangers and Clousers out to the current edges.  Some bait, a few peanut bunker began to show...

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13) Saint Clair Delta, Pike and Bass on Popper Patterns, August 2, 2020

Bob's Banger Popper Kayak Bass Kayak Pike

13) Saint Clair Delta, Pike and Bass on Popper Patterns, August 2, 2020

I fished lures over a lot of water in the Saint Clair Delta, and used fly rod poppers, 3/0 Marabou Bangers where I knew there were fish.  I got a successful rematch with the same big Pike on the same popper he bit off last time.

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