I just love Candlewood at this time of year. It's all about smallies on (or near) the top. Havenít gotten to fish it much over the past few years, because I refuse to go out there on a weekend. Now that Iím retired, thatís not an issue.
So Jimfish & I went to Candlewood this morning. Boat in the water before 6AM. Jim got a largemouth about 2# at our first stop. Second stop, he dropped a 4# class smallie and got another 2# largemouth, while I picked up a decent smallie. We extended the area, got a couple more smallies and lost a few more as well.
Next stop was an open water hump. We spent at least 90 minutes there, and caught a bunch of smallies. Not all were giants, but all were fun! All of our fish to this point were taken on unweighted, soft plastic jerkbaits. Mostly Fin-S Fish, but a couple on a WhipStik and one on a Sinking Slug-Go as well. Eventually though, the sun just got too high and too bright for the smallmouth topwater action. Jim got our last smallie on an Ozmo.
I put us on a couple little stretches of bank that I consider high-percentage spots for a big largemouth. I picked up the drop shot (Motor Oil Pepper Ribster) and fished the two areas thoroughly and tediously. That effort added a couple good largemouth (4# and 4.75#) to our catch.
We ended the day with 4 LMB and 18 SMB between us. Plus a whole bunch of misses and drops on the surface stuff, of course. All in all, a pretty good day on the water, and it alleviated my smallie fever just a little. Not enough to keep me from going back tomorrow though.