Grip and Grin: Coosa Spots | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
Dennis Jones holds up his new personal best spotted bass from the Coosa River. Dennis Jones holds up his new personal best spotted bass from the Coosa River. Photos: Dennis Jones

Don't let errands derail your fishing plans if you still have daylight left.

"Well the day didn't start the way I was hoping," said Dennis Jones. "I had to help my little sister move from one apartment to another which would delay my fishing trip lol. I finally got on the Coosa River around 10:30. This was going to be a 7 mile float and starting that late was going to screw up the spots that I wanted to pick apart.

Luckily it was a good cloud cover day and I hoped that would make the fish a little more active. As I started to paddle out, I saw a few busting the surface and thought nothing of it. I got curious and casted in that general area and wouldn't you know it, I saw about a 3 and a half pound Alabama spotted bass nail my brand new 6" Bull Shad (I had up sized from the 5" I had been throwing but with little success) and normally the story goes, "the big one was one and the little one took it away.

Well this instance was a little different the smaller of the two grabbed my swimbait first and a much bigger bulkier Alabama spotted bass came and took it away from him. I measured that fish at 21.5" and was my personal best spotted bass on a brand new swimbait that I haven't even played with yet. I ended up catching another 21" spotted bass only 30 yards from where I caught my first one and man it was just a great overall day. I started to gain a lot of confidence throwing big swimbaits and I haven't put it down since!"

Dennis Jones' new personal best spotted bass was caught on a new swimbait.

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