Wasn't having much luck with the normal tactics, so waited until the sun went down and switched over to some leech patterns, hoping the bass would become a bit more active in the dark. Fortunately, it seemed to be what the bass were looking for, as the activity picked up and I brought about 8 or 9 to hand of all shapes & sizes, and probably lost 3 or 4 during the fight.
I missed out on a really nice bass, that I'm kind of kicking myself for not landing. I survived the initial run and head shakes, but when it dove deep I thought I had a tippet or knot failure - but it just kicked my hook.
Next time I suppose, at least I know where it lives!
Pardon the photography, it was taken with my phone in the dark. My phone doesn't really care for the dark.
- DRAGONtail Tenkara HELLbender zoom rod (390/340)
- 12.5' Moonlit Fly Fishing Oudachi furled tenkara line
- 4' White River 5x mono tippet
- Driftless Angler Size 10 Tungsten Blood Leech