Here is a trip report on our family night out on the water fishing Sand Hollow. We had a full boat with my dad, mom, wife, and son. My wife wound up catching more than any of us. It was a great time on the water, and my boy was hands on “Kraken” bass! Check out the full post of the conditions, what we used, and where we fished to catch bass!
Fishing Sand Hollow – Family Night
Here are the conditions we faced in our 4 hour excursion on May 23, 2014 from 4pm – 8pm.
Water Temprature: 67 degrees
Wind: 5 – 10 mph
Weather: Cloudy, Overcast, Air Temprature 75 degrees.
Water Clarity: Clear, could see down about 6 – 8ft in the water.
Where we went:
We didn’t have a lot of time on the water, but here are the areas we fished:
What we used:
Three baits worked the best for us on this trip. Here is what they were and how we fished them.
- Beaver: This bait Texas rigged with a bullet weight was dynamite. We would throw it out, and let it sink to the bottom. Then slowly crawl it back to the boat. This rig by far caught the most fish.
- Megabass Crankbait: We caught bass on this by throwing it parallel to the shore, and cranking it down until it was bumping the rocks. The biggest fish of the night was caught on this bait. The picture of him is shown below.
- Roboworm: I threw the pink roboworm on a Carolina Rig. We didn’t catch anything massive, but it caught a couple fish. We would cast it out and let it sink to the bottom. Then crawl it back to the boat with a twitch, twitch pause motion. This seemed to trigger strikes.
How we did:
It was an awesome night. We caught 12 fish in four hours. It was really cool to see my son playing with the fish. Plus, my wife was excited to catch more than anyone else in the boat. We pulled up to the first spot, and my dad caught a fish on his second cast with the texas rigged beaver. Then my dad caught another one. The rest of us were throwing jigs, and crankbaits. My wife quickly took over the rod and reel with the beaver tied on to it. My father spent time playing with the bass with my son. He was happy to give up his pole. We spent the majority of the time fishing the dam along the rip rap. We caught more fish here than anywhere else. Here is my wife with the biggest bass of her life she caught on this trip. She was pretty stoked!
We pulled out onto the flats after an hour along the dam, and we picked up a couple more. This is when I busted out the Carolina Rig with the pink worm. I was pretty excited to catch some fish on a new bait. I’d never used a pink worm before, but had heard a lot of good things. I’m starting to turn into a believer. Here is one of them we whacked on the pink worm. My son was stoked on it!
We finished off the night over along the dike where I caught the biggest fish of the night on a crankbait. Shortly after we landed the fish, it was time to get my son some dinner and off to bed. We had a great time. The wind kept us from fishing very effectively, but we made it work. I was stoked to be able to get my family on some fish. Here is a photo of all of us getting stoked on catching bass!
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Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver
Roboworm Fat Straight Tail Worm Bait
Megabass Cyclone MD-X PM Gill
1/8 oz bullet head weight
Gamakatsu 25 Pack EWG Offset Worm Hook (Black, 1/0)
Eco Pro Tungsten 3/8 -Ounce Weight (Green Pumpklin)
Gamakatsu 25 Pack EWG Offset Worm Hook (Black, 3/0)