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THE ROMAN ARCHER

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Wow what a day yesterday, we had nasty gusty winds around 40 mph with a major Rainstorm coming early this morning between 1-5 am.
I really didnt want to go out and fish I was already beat from the last 2 days of casting with a tuff bite and crazy weather still but around 2 pm I said f it and dressed up grabbed my poles and gear and took the Escoot out to hit some ponds. For almost 2 hrs and a few ponds later and alot of cast in the nasty wind finally I get a strike on my Popping frog right by the bank, a bass flipped out the water to try and strike my frog. It looked like a nice one but didnt realize how big till I hooked it.
I tried a second pass with my frog and agian it came out the water to strike but missed agian.
The third time was the charm, I casted out ran the frog over the same spot and bam I get the blow up agian and this time I get the hook set. Fish was way bigger then I thought once I dragged it on the bank a real nice pond Monster for sure and just think I really didnt want to go out.
It seems every time lately I been hooking the big ones right before a nasty storms come through and always the barometric pressure drops below 30.00 the bite is on.
Every week has been this same westher pattern and it's been making the bite tuff still when it should b getting better for the spawn this time of year. But sooner or later when it settles it will b nonstop action.
Each week they should be getting bigger and bigger. Yesterday morning we woke up to 72 degrees and tomorrow morning will b in the 40,s
This is crazy weather for Florida this time of year but definitely way better then the rest of the country, after 6 years here now I am getting spoiled with this weather that's for sure. .....tra

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What a day yesterday, I headed out to do some urban fishing in the morning and if course it was around 56 degrees and already windy that was a bust but I did see a 24-26 in bass cruzing a canal bank but had no intrest in my baits. I will go back when I can to see if I can hook it.
Then mid day was 25 mph gust so I decided to wait till sunset to head back out and do my private ponds.
It was still cool and windy around 77 degrees around 4:30. I hit a few ponds but no action the barometric pressure was around 30.30^ not good.
Then finally almost 6:30 pm on my last pond the action started. Got a couple blow ups but didn't get a good hook set.
I cast out and bam a big bass strikes my topwater frog from underneath and launches out the water almost 2 feet and once it hit the water I got a great hook set and reeled this bad boy in, just what I needed!
After that I had a bigger one on my frog for a few seconds but it came off. We have a week of high temps this week so hopefully the prespawner activity ramps up....tra

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Way to go ! The barometer matters here as well. I have had my best bites on a dropping barometer. What is the line you have between your main line where the swivel is and the frog? Thanks.
 

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Fubar I use a short lightweight wire lead at the end of my braided line. I have a lot of Alligator Gar in my ponds that shred my lines and baits. But the main reason is alot of these ponds have very heavy thick vegetation and when I hook a Monster bass they bury themselves deep in the thick heavy vegetation 15 ft out from the bank its pretty much impossible to get them out without breaking a line. I have lost many lunkers pushing double digits because of it. A few years ago I started with 8 lb. Line and they were chomping through that no problem. Then I started using 10 line and that wasn't strong enough I was losing alot of nice bass. Then I started using 17 and 20lb line which improved landing bass hut the lines would still break if they buried our deep plus casting with thicker and heavier line wasn't smooth.
So finally last year after I list one around 12lbs I switched up to braided line with my wire leed and now I can haul the big ones out of the thick vegetation and I am ready for the day I hook a DD agian so can finally land one without loosing it.
Over 6 years I have definitely hooked at least 10 DD bass in these ponds and have lost everyone of them due to equipment failures and bad hook sets.
Hopefully this year I get my bucket list bass so I can chill for awhile I have been fishing hard almost every day for the last 2 years and I am really beat and my arms feel like they want to fall off but I am obsessed to gook the one!
Heres a decent frog Smacking bass from sunset last night......tra

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Great fish as always.......love those FL sunsets over the water.....Clearwater Beach use to be a good place to go see sunsets over the gulf when I lived in Tampa. The girlfriends used to eat it up...LOL
 

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Thnx guys! This past sunday I got out for the sunset bite within 2 hrs I hooked 6 fish 2 nice ones all on the frog....tra

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