“That fish was only 6 inches deep!”
Another good fish knocks the blade bait but doesn’t hook up.
It’s clouding up again as Hamilton fishes his way out toward deeper water with the bladed jig.
Back on the flat where he started his day, a 3-pounder hits Hamilton’s surface popper at boatside but shakes free.
Hamilton retrieves the bladed jig parallel to a dock, then pitches the creature to the structure.
Back to the ramp. Hamilton has had a successful day on Lake R. He’s boated six keeper largemouth; the five biggest weigh a solid 16 pounds, 9 ounces.
THE DAY IN PERSPECTIVE
“Every fish I caught was in Lake R’s shallow upper end, either on a flat or in a blowdown tree,” Hamilton told Bassmaster. “The dense fog helped the topwater bite early, then I had to flip trees once the sun got high. Spotting those baitfish schools tipped me off that the highest oxygen levels were probably in the shallows; I tried some offshore spots, but none of them produced. If I were to fish here tomorrow, I’d launch at daybreak to maximize my topwater window, then once the sun got high, I’d pound shallow flats and the backs of the creeks with the bladed jig and flip blowdowns.”
HIS FIVE BIGGEST BASS
2 pounds, 10 ounces; sand point on shallow flat; white/chartreuse River2Sea Whopper Plopper surface bait; 7:12 a.m.
2 pounds, 12 ounces; submerged stump on shallow flat; bluegill Brian’s surface popper; 7:32 a.m.
4 pounds, 4 ounces; blowdown tree; green pumpkin pepper Jackall Archelon creature on 5/0 hook with 1/4-ounce sinker; 8:44 a.m.
3 pounds, 14 ounces; shallow isolated stickup in headwaters; white/purple Jackall Break Blade bladed jig with white Zoom Speed Craw trailer, 12:57 p.m.
3 pounds, 1 ounce; same place and lure as No. 4; 1:08 p.m.
TOTAL: 16 POUNDS, 9 OUNCES