North American Fishing Guides

THE TWILIGHT OF CORE VALUES
by Capt. T.J. Fagan

Here's another story of another great day on the water
thanks to GYCB's.

The day started out as many have, guiding on the private lease reservoir with Derek Thompson, L.A Dodger on the 40 man roster. Derek is here at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida undergoing rehab following Tommy John surgery. This type of procedure is used to fix damaged ligaments in the elbow or shoulder. Derek loves to bass fish. So we go often.The bass were biting an assortment of Senko confidence colors for Florida - junebug 213, rainbow trout 908, and the new peanut butter and jelly 918. These three colors account for many high numbers days as well as big fish days. Derek was set on using PB&J, because in his words, "When I find something that works, I stick with it." We were catching good numbers of bass, but none over the five pound range. It sure was fun, but you can't blame us for wanting the missing matriarch to top off our day's catch.As a guide, I feel obligated to put my clients and friends in the best possible position to catch more and bigger bass.
It's kind of a core value I have. To achieve this I must experiment with various lures and techniques to help accomplish this.By late afternoon, I began to notice that the water was getting more and more stained due to rising incoming water, and the bite was slowing down. It was cloudy and the daylight was fading out to twilight. I needed to find what would appeal better to the bass under the current conditions. I scanned through my various Shimano tackle trays. As I scanned, my eyes paused and locked on to a new Senko, the 913 Core Shot. 913 is green pumpkin w/green and purple fleck, AND a very BRIGHT chartreuse tail. While savvy sharpies may use a dipping dye to dye tail tips of baits, there's just no dye out there that would ever be as bright as the tail tip of 913. GYCB designed the 913 core shot so that a bright chartreuse tail is just that... a BRIGHT chartreuse tail. Heck, it glows in the dark.Darkening water at dusk on an overcast day. It made my mind up to rig a weightless 913 core shot with that luminescent tail tip. It was like flipping a light switch on and here came the bass. More and bigger fish were pouncing the 913.I made a cast to the edge of a line of hyacinth up against an island in the middle of the reservoir... and BANG! I could feel it was a bigger bass. Derek having seen the humongous swirl, also realized this was a bigger bass and
raced for the net. We saw her break the surface. We grinned at each other. This was the matriarch we wanted. Derek got her into the net. I broke out my scale, which stopped at eight pounds, seven ounces!The military, business companies, world leaders and CEOs are fond of regularly redefining their objectives, forming company goals, mission statements and setting core values. This is why I say that the 913 Core Shot is now a core value at On Target Bassin' Guide Service.If you are looking for a bait for low visibility conditions? Try a 913 Core Shot with its luminescent chartreuse tail and soon you too will share the same core values that I do.

Captain TJ Fagan
On Target Bassin' Guide Service
Private Trophy Waters
Stick Marsh/Farm 13
Miami-Garcia Reservoir
(772) 532-2854 (Cell)
(772) 564-0719 (Home)
bassinguytjf@hotmail.com

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