-- Last Updated: Jul-19-11 8:36 PM EST --
....... how is it working out for you ??
I've trolled along the shore line grasses , wood , lillys , etc. in the process of going from one still or drift casting spot to another .
One day on a reservoir caught more than a dozen very small bass doing this . I usually wouldn't do it though .
At some other times I've trolled giant weighted spinners or 25' deep diver lures in the reservoirs , out in the deep waters . Have found a few Northerns this way . Once just as a 25' deep diver was bouncing along some grassy bumps on the bottom , a 13"-14" Yellow Perch grabed it . Poor dude got the heck knocked out of him went he stuck on it at a higher trolling speed .
One "hot" Summer day I was renting one of the reservoir's electric motor boats and hiding in some shade in a deep cove that was near the rental center put-in/take-out waiting till the very last minute to return the boat . Must have lost track of the time because the center's motor boat guy who rounds up the straglers comes roaring into the cove and told me to get a move on , that it was near closing time .
He left out of the cove and I tied an old Heddon deep diver on my light line outfit (that's all I had) , wedged the rod in and began to move out on motor speed 1 trolling the Heddon behind .
About 1/2 way out of the cove my rod doubled over and the drag sang at the top of it's lungs ... I was certain that I had just got snagged on a bottom stump . I stopped the boat and picked up the rod , yep , might as well break off and take my losses cause this won't be recoverable , I was absolutely certain of that after holding the rod .
Wait a minute , is the boat spinning or is the line moving towards the shore ?? Took a minute to figure that out cause there was probably a hundred foot of line stretched out tight behind me in the middle of the cove .
Ok , I don't believe my eyes now ... the line is definately moving now and the rod still doubled over feeling like a stump snag . Soon I could feel the slightest traces of a fish on the other end ... I don't believe this !!
All I could do was hold on tight and watch the line come up , as the line's entry point into the water began to get farther and farther away . It seemed to take many minutes but then out of the water came the biggest Lg.mouth Bass I've ever ran into . The bass went into the air like a rocket , did a flip and snapped my line . It looked like one of those photos you see in fishing magazines , huge Bass a couple or more feet out of the water with splash everywhere .
At that very time I heard the motor boat coming back and turned to see him approaching . When he got to me again I started to tell him why I was held up getting back to the center ... the guy says , he saw the whole thing and that Bass must have been over 10 lbs. ... I agreed with him and off he went with me heading behind .