I’ve been seriously bass fishing for over 45 years. During that time span I’ve caught bass in every conceivable way and under every kind of condition. I thought that there was nothing new to experience until this October.
About mid-October I was fishing a secondary point on Lake Jacksonville when I spotted Frank Lusk and Mike Smith fishing a main lake point close by. It soon became apparent that they were catching a lot of bass. Lusk waved at me, and I eased over to where they were fishing.
Lusk was fishing a Sammy top water. The Sammy is very similar to a Zara Spook but much slimmer. As I began to talk to them they were steadily catching bass. Catching bass on a top water isn’t that unusual in the fall, but the depth they were fishing over was.
The two were fishing in 35 to 40 feet of water with a top water bait. The bass were in a small area suspended just under the surface. We did see a few bass bust shad on the top occasionally, but there was very little schooling activity.
Frank said that they had been catching over 50 bass per day for the last three days. Evidently the shad and bass were packed on the outside edge of this main lake point and in certain spots out over deep water. Frank was using an Academy H20 bait that resembled a Lucky Strike® Sammy in a Sexy Shad pattern. They caught fish all day long in this area.
A week later Dave Nichols and I returned to the area and immediately started catching bass on the Sammy-type lure on this point. Soon afterwards the wind died and the lake surface became slick. That’s when the bite died on our top waters.