NOTE: I have an important question I would love answered. I'll pose the question after my brief story here:
Tried Condie this evening. Fished from about 4:30 to dark. Unfortunately, my tackle was in the back of the family hauler... which was with the family... in SLC.
But with the family all gone, I couldn't NOT go fishing - so I got desperate.
First, I ran to Harbor Freight and bought a 2" hitch for the boat, because our one-and-only 1 7/8" ball was ALSO in SLC with the wife and kiddos.
Tired of dealing with one oddball trailer (all my others are 2"), I got out my grinder and cut off the old one and welded on a new one.
Yes, that's right, ladies and gents - I permanently modified my trailer so as to not miss a fishing opportunity.
THEN I had to dig around through all my old fishing crap and look for any lures that might be sitting around. (I was basically relegated to fishing exclusively with tackle I had let rust, or discarded for whatever reason. Wasn't too excited to be limited like that, I assure you.)
Eventually began fishing and, to make a long story a little less long, had a blast. I haven't had fishing that fun since I was a tweener in the midwest!
I ended up catching roughly 2 dozen bass, and lost a handful of nice ones. In fact, I lost - bar none - the biggest bass of my life 8 feet from the boat. He'd hammered a crankbait that I cast out and saw the hook was wrapped around the line - so it was doing twirlies on the surface. (Yes, twirlies. If that wasn't an official word before, now it is.) Anyhow, I shook it there where it landed, hoping to fix my problem.
Well, my problem was apparently just what that behemoth had ordered for dinner, because it exploded up from underneath it and took it down! I reeled my cheap a$$ Kmart-fall-clearance $7 Zebco Bullet combo for dear life. I've never had my arm/hand get tired reeling a fish... until this moment. What on earth? I think this POS must have a negative gear ratio, because this is absolutely ridonculous.
Anyhow, as it approached, its mouth was fully opened. I kid you not, a softball would easily have fit in that yapper! And then, just like that, my crankbait pops free. The fish sits there for a minute, stunned... or mocking me, I suppose... before it dives down and away. Alas, woe is me.
At that point, it's dusk. I look for ANY surface lure in the tackle box - and I only have one. You can play Where's Waldo in the pix to see what one it was.
For the next 15 minutes or so, I have the time of my life watching bass smash this thing on almost every cast! It was so exciting, I actually hoped it would work after dark, wherein I'd stay as long as they kept biting - but once it was dark, all the fishies went to bed...
I wish it could've lasted longer. Then again, considering I snapped a pole and stripped out the gears on a reel hauling in a biggun, perhaps I couldn't handle the financial hit that this trip was dealing me.
So, with the free Harbor Freight flashlight (I'd picked up for free when I bought the trailer hitch - did I mention it was free?) in my teeth, I motored back to the ramp and pulled my boat out of the puddle and headed for home, happy but not content.
Okay, so now to my important question. While I was able to catch fish, the fact of the matter is this: my normal techniques sucked here! I was catching most of my fish while doing experimental junk fishing with whatever old crap I could find in my retired tackle box.
COULD SOMEONE SHARE A POINTER OR TWO ON HOW TO ACTUALLY CATCH BASS ON PURPOSE AT CONDIE?
Feel free to PM me if you want to keep it on the down-low. Thanks!