Well we filmed Sunday the 27th with Brian Ondrejka and Kansas Angling Experience Guide Service on Lake Melvern. What a trip it was! I came in thinking that we would be catching them on swimbaits, crankbaits, and maybe even some topwater. Boy was I wrong! Frank Snagger and I stayed at the Wyatt Earp Inn in Lebo, KS and what a pleasant stay that was. We woke up about 5:45 AM and met our cameraman Caleb Spangler at the truck stop and headed for Melvern State Park. We met Brian
and DJ and got on the water around 6:30 to a beautiful sunrise. We started out fishing a point early in the morning with schools of shad everywhere. Seems like a perfect topwater or swimbait opportunity right? That’s what I thought. Nothing really happened.
As the day went on it became clear that it was going to be a bluebird sky day with little to no wind at all. That meant it was time to start finesse fishing for these bronzebacks. I picked up my “Ned Rig” and began throwing it along the gravel and chunk rock points. I hadn’t heard of the “Ned Rig” and when I saw it I thought it was kind of a joke. It is basically a jighead with half a senko on it. However with the 10x material that Z-Man makes the bait is more buoyant and stands completely vertical in the water. I became a believer fast! I started getting a lot of bites on this rig and didn’t put it down the rest of the day. I caught one smallmouth that was around 3 lbs and the other over 2 lbs. Frank caught one over 2 lbs on the Ned Rig as well.
We had a great day learning about a new lake and a new finesse tactic. Make sure you give Brian Ondrejka (913) 484-9055 to set up a guide trip with him!
It is going to be a blast going through this footage and turning it into an awesome episode! Lester signing off. Thanks!