One of the great things about fishing is that there are times when it’s impossible to figure out what’s happened under the water.

That was the case yesterday afternoon as I was fishing one of my ponds in Fort Myers, Florida.

My technique involves casting a 5-inch Z Man Die Zel Minnow Z and placing a worm hook in the tip of the head for maximum paddle tail action reeling it across the pond for surface strikes. During my first cast, I noted several twists in the 15-pound mono after having fought a 23 1/2-inch largemouth bass on too light a drag the previous day. Therefore, I stripped out those loops and ran the line though my fingers before starting the retrieve of the lure which had settled to bottom. I immediately felt weight, but no action. Since there’s no other fish in those ponds other than largemouth bass, I was worried about the possibility that a small alligator had picked up the lure. Yet, as I reeled it to shore, I saw a bass tail appear. The worm hook was stuck in the side near the tail. How could that happen when I never struck and simply reeled in the line? The 20 1/2-inch bass seemed to be just as mystified as it only made a little fuss before the release.

Despite the good weather, I haven’t been getting striper reports until Capt. Lou Grazioso called today to let me know he’s been using a small boat t release dozens of bass from 15 inches up to a 30-incher in Raritan Bay area tributaries. All of that action has been on shad lures.

A small craft warning is up, but I don’t know why as morning winds are west at 5-10 knots before going southwest in the afternoon.

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