Waubesa is the only lake on the Madison Chain that I struggle with. It is more or less a giant weed bed. It has structure, I just don't have a good enough grasp yet as to how the fish use it. Pedaling away from the dock I stared at my Garmin hoping to find any clues as to what was going on under the water. The only thing I knew for sure was that the fish would be shallow. This time of year most of the muskies in my area are either already spawned out, or just finishing up. They are rarely in the chase it down and kill it mood. Still the water conditions were perfect, and I figured the fish that would be interested in eating would be up shallow warming in the sun.
|24 inches of Essox awesome sauce!!!|
As the day wore on I was reminded of how much I still needed to make an effort to get into shape. Pedaling, paddling, standing, and casting in a kayak can really take it out of you. Around noon the wind finally started to cooperate and I soon found myself enjoying a great drift crossing an emerging weed bed. I was throwing a 1 oz. Echotail in a custom Tommy Harris pattern. This pattern had been extremely effective for me last year and it led to 4 descent follows as I drifted over the weeds. Unable to get anything to bite, I wandered back into the bay that had started my morning. Despite my best efforts I could not keep the kayak drifting the same way I had when the morning started. Using my micro pole to hold position I spent the last few hours fan casting the bay. This worked very well and again I had a few follows. After switching back over to the Mepps I hooked into what I thought was a bass. It was a musky, just really small, only making it to 18 inches on the Hawg Trough. He was a scrapper though and a great way to end my day.
|18 inches of fury!!!|