Today was a trip with my son, who seldom gets to fish with me. He is in school and most all of his time is taken up with classes and studying. He is between summer and fall break and we had the opportunity to hit the lake this morning at daylight. We got to one of my favorite spots on the rock walls around day break. Today's trip was to go after the Kentucky Spot with the bass popper. I haven't really fished for the spots this year with a large popper, because I have been so into catching the bluegills. My son told me before we plan that the spot was what he wanted to go after, mainly because of the tremendous fight one get when landing one of these fish. They are in the class with the smallmouth when it comes to giving the angler a great tussle on the fly rod. The best approach with landing a quality spot or any large fish with the fly rod is to get the fish on the reel as soon as possible if , you can manage it. I know at times one doesn’t have that luxury. Everything was working for the most part until the sun came up and it was like someone turned the lights out and all the spots developed lock jaw. I knew we could go deep with a Wooly Bugger or Bouface Leach, but this would take time and that was something we didn't have a lot of especially when the temps were going to reach triple digits after lunch. So with a couple of hours to fish before the humidity and heat set in I maneuvered the boat in position to start down the rock wall presenting the number 6 turquoise bass popper. With daylight just breaking and on his second cast a nice bull gill plugged the popper smack into the opening of his mouth.
Mouth full of Popper
With the bull landed he begin to place the popper at likely spots in the crevasses of the walls landing some small spots and a few more nice bluegills.
Another Gill Popper
We did notice that the small bream wouldn’t have anything to do with the large popper. They were either intimidated by it or it was just too large to suck into their mouth. I know when you are fishing a small popper most of the time you are culling small fish in between catching some quality fish. Today was not the case with the gills, although I must admit we did catch a few small largemouthand some small spots, in the 6” range.
Had to try the bugger
After finishing the long run down the wall we move to our last spot which was a sharp drop off of 40 ft. plus. There was still some shade left in some openings in one of the wall faces so Jason made a nice presentation with the big popper floating down on the surface. With a little twitch and a pop effect on the surface the water exploded and a nice spot inhaled the popper, and headed straight to deeper water.
Nice Spot Landed
After numbers of side runs and pretending to be ready to be neted the spot finally ease to the edge of the boat and was lipped. Jason had just landed a 16" spot, which ended a great trip with a quaility fish. Quality spots on Smith Lake are hard to come by, during the hot summer months, and a 16" is a quality Kentucky Spot anyday.