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Monday, 19 September 2011 02:00

Bass On The First Cast

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Bass On The First Cast Photograph by Joe Maione

We got to the lake right as the Sun was rising and before getting into the kayaks, Joe made a cast along the shore with a top water… Bam first cast and he has a bass! I quickly follow suit throwing a Pop-R and managed to catch 3. 4 Bass in the first 5 minutes of being there; and we were still standing at the launch… This was going to be a good day!



The bass seemed like they were starting their transition. The fish were caught on a variety of baits Joe caught most of his on a white buzz bait or a wacky rigged Senko.



Just about every time he had a fish blow up and miss the buzz bait he was able to pitch the Senko in and catch the fish. Joe also picked up several on a rattle trap.


About 9am Joe was already at 19 fish and I had maybe 7, he was absolutely killing them on that white buzz bait. The only buzz bait I had in my box was a small red one and the bass wanted nothing to do with it. I managed to catch a few “while in the kayak” on the pop-r and wacky rigged YUM Dinger. I even resorted to throwing a white chatterbait, burning it along the surface trying to mimic Joe’s buzz bait.


I finally put on a white Rapala DT6 and started catching fish including the biggest of the day; a nice 4lb 19in bucket mouth.



The day ended with almost 50 fish between us, Joe caught 28+ bass and 4 or 5 of those after we pulled the kayaks out of the water! I managed to hang in there with 20, there is a reason Joe Maione is a YakAngler Pro Staffer…. This dude catches fish!


About the Author: Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of and the Founder of YakSushi Media. He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of two little "Sushi's" and everyday tech ninja.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.