6:45-8:40PM Melon Patch, Big Rice Point
74℉, Cloudy/Haze with thunder to the East, 3-5mph NW N
I thought the fish would really be going tonight, but that wasn't the case. I started off in the Melon Patch and had a pike miss the green Terminator Frog right away. I had something in an end rice patch lightly strike at my frog and not get it. Couldn't get it to hit again with the frog or on a jig. I worked my way all the way across the MP. I was back by the dog/bass pads. I wasn't paying attention looking for my next cast When I had something absolutely slam the Sparrow. I looked and the frog was gone and my line was moving off, so I set the hook hard, but I didn't hook the fish. That was my last bite at the Melon Patch. At 8PM I pulled the plug and went to the 17" Hole. Nothing going on there, so I figured maybe the falling water is getting to the fish so maybe the tip of Big Rice would be where I could get a bite. As I made my way there I had something suck in the Sparrow. I got a good hookset but came up empty again. Something got busted on the tip of BRP, so I beelined to it as it was getting dark. I threw the Sparrow into the rice and the 16.25" jacked it. No skunk, whew. A few casts later I got my heaviest bass of the year so far at 4.98lbs. I tried several times, but couldn't get the scale to put it at 5lbs. I had one other smaller bass on. I pulled stakes at 8:40PM. Skeeters weren't too bad as I put my stuff away.