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December 6, 2013

GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER

Big Bass Often Require A Slow Presentation

JACKSONVILLE —

Frank Lusk is one of the most patient and thorough worm fishermen I have fished with. We live in a time when everybody is in a hurry. You’ve probably heard the statement, “Hurry up, I don’t have all minute!” That’s how a lot of fishermen fish – in a hurry.

Personally I like to chunk and wind, throw and go, and burn up the water with my lures. I’m in a hurry to catch bass. When bass are active these methods work. But what do you do when you are in an area that is known for holding good size bass but they are reluctant to bite? Simply put, you slow down and then slow down some more.

On November 20th Frank Lusk and I fished Lake Naconiche. This has become one of Lusk’s favorite lakes to fish in the fall. Last year in November Lusk caught 49 bass one day and 32 bass the next. He had several bass in the five-pound range and one that topped 10 pounds. He catches the majority of his bass on a black and blue Sienko type bait. He favors the Big Bite brand because they are a lot cheaper and catch lots of bass.

The day Lusk and I fished Naconiche the bass were very lethargic. It may have been because of the full moon period when bass feed mostly at night.

We began our fishing way back in Naconiche Creek. We started fishing a bend in the creek and gradually worked our way to old dirt road bed. The majority of the fish we caught were on a black and blue Texas rigged Sienko. We both were using 15-pound line and fishing very, very slow. Most of the time it would take me about 30 seconds to cut out a Sienko and hop it back to the boat. But not on this trip. On this day we spent two minutes or longer slowly crawling the Sienko over the bottom in about 10 feet of water. One of the key spots was an old inundated concrete bridge.

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