Oct 29 Great day with Ben Malone
I booked a full day with Carper Guide Service guide and electronics instructor, Ben Malone and it was GREAT. I meet Ben at Fate Sanders and we spent some time going over
my Humminbird electronics and then put in and headed down the lake. Running along, Ben noticed balls of shad under attack in a cove so we stopped to check it out.
Right away, Ben caught caught several keeper LM on a lipless crank bait. I had a slower start but things picked up when I put the multi-bladed spinner down and put on a
lipless crank similar to Ben’s.
Things slowed down and Ben started going through my electronics. He went into every page of the menu, item by item, and made sure I understood
what the important aspects were and how to benefit from that item’s use for our type of fishing. He pointed out MANY aspects of the unit that I had never seen or understood the pros and cons related. He fine turned the unit to my likes and we eliminated views that I never use, turned on programs that would be beneficial and turned off programs I that would not be using, all the changes made to streamline my electronics for me and my preferences. MANY of the features, I have never seen in tutorials or understood how they would be beneficial. If you don’t REALLY know your electronics, you REALLY need to book a day with Ben.
Back to fishing: About !:30 pm, we are still in the same cove but the wind has picked up and we notice the feeding frenzy has started on the opposite side of the cove and towards the front, where the channel swings in toward the bluff. The wind was pushing big balls of shad into the cove and the stripe, hybrids and LM were busting all over. School is out!! We started casting our rattle traps and the action never stopped and was still in full swing when we left for home at 5 PM. I don’t know how many we caught but honestly, it was nearly constant, never more that 5 cast between us that one or both of us weren’t hooked up. The majority of bass were keepers with largest 3+, many of the hybrid were keeper size and stripes were large as well. We estimated we caught between 50 or 60 mixed from 2 til 5pm. It was a day that I’ll never forget and a great learning experience as well.
Thanks, Ben Malone/Carper Guide Service
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