The big wooden old-school bass plug hit the water with a loud “ker-plop.” Even though the night fisherman could not see the lure, due to the dark shadow on the quiet, lee side of the little island, he could tell it was a good cast by the sound.
And that is, the lure landed close to shore, not hitting any weeds, shore grasses, or overhanging limbs. The cast sounded just right. The jitterbug splashed down in the water. After a pause of a few seconds to let the ripples dissipate and to entice any nearby predatory bass, the reel handle made a quarter turn, just enough to engage the gears in case of the possibility of an instant strike requiring an immediate hook set with a quick, hard lift of the stout bass rod’s tip.
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