This past Saturday I made the trip down to fish with James Vladyka of Fishounds Outdoors. James is a knowledgeable fisherman and always has some secret spots tucked under his belt on the southern part of Lake Champlain. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jamie as a friend and through the VT SPORTSMAN HARDWATER TOURNAMENT SERIES which he co-operates with partner Scott Blair. I decided this trip would be a good opportunity to continue working with the “Live” Baby Shad made by Lake Fork Trophy Lures.
Our initial experiences with the “Live” Baby Shad were fantastic while fishing them under a bobber for spring time panfish. This outing would bring a new test. Now that it is a little later in the summer, the fish have moved from their shallow water spawning grounds out onto deeper structure. The target areas for the day were submerged pieces of structure in 10-16 feet of water.
We hit the water a little after 7 am and quickly realized that there were multiple bass tournaments taking place. The lake was littered with boats in a hurry to race around to get their bags for the day. No worries. We went to our first piece of structure which was located in 10 feet of water. The graph was showing fish but they seemed reluctant to bite. Thunder storms had rolled through the area a few hours earlier and stirred everything up, which I’m sure had something to do with the finicky feeding habits of this crappie.
We managed a few fish on this spot vertical jigging off the side of the boat but the action was a little too slow for the Fish Hounds liking. Our second spot was located a short distance from out first but what a difference in fish activity. It was now a little later in the morning and the bite was turning on. We marked the structure with the graph and set out a few marking bobbers to spare us some jigs. . . . The fish were positioned right off to the sides of the structure in 11 feet of water. Once we tied the bobbers to mark the perimiter of the structure, it was game on. The fish were aggressive and the action was fast. The most productive technique was the “pendulum swing”. The idea behind this technique is to cast just past the structure and let it swing through the strike zone, hopefully keeping it away from the structure. “It’s a lot like the Price Is Right” says Jamie. In the “showcase showdown”, you want to get your bid as close as possible to the value without going over. In this case we were rewarded with slab white crappie. The hot color of the day was the bluegrass pattern. This color is a combination of blue and green which worked well giving the bait a bright and dark color to contrast in the stained water. Check out the video on our YouTube Page of a few of the fish caught today.
We ended our trip by shooting a quick video on the baits which can be found on Jamie’s facebook page. We kept some fish for dinner and made our way off the water. All in all is was a very productive day for the “Live” Baby Shad. It caught fish all day long with no hick-ups. I highly encourage you to try some of these baits. Check out our review on the Lake Fork Plastics.
Here’s a pair of quality Lake Champlain white crappie