|Was up at first light this morning to wet a line a the local puddle - I had some success there a few weeks ago with bass in the 1 - 1.5kg range and was hoping to repeat the feat.
I decided to throw a bigger bait this time in hopes of seducing a better quality fish. I'd seen a few decent ones cruising the shoreline previously that looked, to me, the better side 2 kilos.
The thing with larger baits is that you likely wont get alot of interest. But the interest you get is the interest you want.
I tied on glidebait and went to work.
I was fishing a sloping rip-rap bank with a decent drop off.
2 hits and 2 misses in the space of an hour had me walking further down the shoreline looking for something different. The fish were not commiting and i figured the clear was playing it's part.
I noticed a few active fish kicking up some silt on a shallower, more gradual incline and decided to give that a go. 2nd cast and VAS!
At first i thought i had hooked into the biggest bass in the pond - but when the fish rolled near the surface about 10 meters away from me and a few dark whiskers broke the surface i knew that i had hooked into my first catfish on artificial. What a fight! My 7ft bass rod had it's work cut out.
A few solid runs later - i had lipped my PB catfish on lure - 3.3kg. By no means a big fish - but a lot of fun.
I was alone and on extremely uneven ground so i coudnt take any decent photos - the fish was exhausted so a quick snap and back into the cool water with a tail flick and a grin.
Looking at the state of my bait afterwards - I'm surprised i didn't lose that fish.
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