Angler Report: Sahuarita Lake
Good Evening All,
I figured if I only had a few hours in the afternoon with the anticipated breeze I would go and visit Sahuarita Lake and do some casting and catching. Hey the walking exercise was beneficial to me too. Lot’s of other anglers and families out there enjoying the wonderful AZ spring weather. The temperature was mild and the slight breeze sometimes worked in getting the light lures out there.
I managed to catch four Largemouth Bass within the first hour of casting. Bass number one was a welcome surprise after switching from casting a grub to a short 3 inch worm. Bass number two was quite the gift. After resetting the worm back on the hook from bass one, I tossed the bait back into the water and set the pole down while I put my pliers back into my backpack. I happen to notice the rod tip was bouncing, so I set the backpack down and tended to bass number two. A dead stick bass, a theme that worked most of the day. Low and slow along the bottom was the ticket.
The attached photos are of bass number four. This was quite the surprise as it hit shortly after making a long cast out towards mid-cove. After the bait settled on the ground I only got one short drag before there was a thump on the line with rapidly growing tension. As this was happening there was a family walking by with a young one that stepped near me to watch what was going on. Oh gee, watch the where you sweep set! This is not an issue when I’m on the water but on shore there are pedestrians about. OH MY GOODNESS, the sweep set was met with a heavy load on the 4 lb mono and the drag slipping under the load. Then things really got interesting as the fish was not happy with me. Line peeled with the drag changing to a higher pitch based on the strength of the surge. The family was joined by another and soon I had over a dozen folks cheering me on. The sound of the drag peeling was getting everyone excited to see just what was on the other end.
Bring it in! Oh that is a BIG ONE! Don’t loose it! All comments from the well wishers watching me working the large bass closer to shore. As we all got a good look at it there were two large remaining surges. Fortunate for me Sahaurita Lake is a man made lake with groomed edges and very few snags. The hard part is there is over 1.5 feet down to the water level so it is a big stoop to reach down for the large fish as I’m not going to try and host it on the light line.
The fish had another large gauge hook in the gullet but it was too far in to do anything about so it broke someone else off before having a go at my small 3 inch imitation worm. My small gauge hook was nicely positioned near the front roof of the mouth and lifted out easily as I crimped the barb to make things easier to deal with. A couple of quick photos and the fish returned nicely to the deep dark water.
I apologize for the quality of the selfie but I was motivated to return the fish as soon as possible to the water so there was no real opportunity to setup a proper photo session.
The rest of the day was spent strolling about the lake perimeter picking up small bass here and there. I did manage to tie into another large bass that appeared over two pounds. At least that was the impression I got as the fish cleared the water just before I could get a hold of it. Hey, short distance release works too! Less slime on the finger. A great spring afternoon of casting and catching. It is a great time to get out there and enjoy.