Once on the lake I immediately started fishing the shallower water with only one dink on the donkey rig. A bit discouraged I switched over to my football jig. I hopped it and dragged it across the bottom, but never got a hit. I slowed my retrieve down, but still could not get any takers. I looked up towards the sky and saw I had 30minutes, at most, before the storm would be upon me.
I then saw bass busting baitfish in about 10FOW. I grabbed my donkey rig and danced it right through the school and paused it. When I started reeling the slack out I felt weight and set the hook. Immediately the fish took off running and I was getting towed around for a nice sleigh ride. After about 30-40seconds I got it yakside and got excited.
Up till this time I had only caught bass in the 8-12in length in this lake, but this was a solid fish. Instead of opting for my fish grips I reached down and heaved fish, weeds, and water into my kayak. It was my first decent fish at 17.5in.
This one was much broader than the previous fish and would go a shade over 19in. I was elated, and took some pictures and released the fish for another day. Despite working the donkey rig hard in the school for my final 15minutes I could not find another fish before the storm snuck up on me.
Although I only landed three fish, I learned a lot about fishing the donkey rig and my local pond. Catching those fish has renewed my faith in the lake, and I know I will be fishing their a lot more before heading back to school.