Today was free fishing day in Oregon so the trout lakes would be packed. I decided to try for bass at a farm pond I've never tried before. This meant I installed my fish/depth finder so I could map the lake and find the fish. BTW: those who have mentioned that the Cabela's holder for the Fishin Buddy is a piece of crap jinxed me. I didn't have a problem with the thing until you mentioned it. The holder is a piece of crap and I'll need to modify it before hitting the lake again. The lake: The lake was much larger than I thought. It went around a bend. I put in at the worst possible spot and it was far too shallow and choked with weeds. Once I found the deeper section of the lake, my fish finder was marking a lot of fish. I don't know if they were crappie, gills or bass... but there were a lot of them. I tried my bait fish patterns and was bummed. I'd get pecks (most likely from gills) but not hits from a bass. Finally, I gave up on the subsurface and started using poppers as I normally do. After a lot of casts this dude hit the popper. It wasn't a large, splashy take so I figured it was a small LMB... it grew as I reeled it in. To my dismay, I had forgotten to attach the stripping apron to the SuperCat so I had nowhere to place the fish for a photo. Soooo.... while I was fighting the bass with one hand, I installed the stripping apron with the other. Fortunately, the bass had eaten the bug and short of breaking the leader, it was not getting off. Here's the bass and the well-used, simple black popper that did the trick. One thing about hard body poppers... they normally last for years and that's how long I've used this one. This is where I needed a fishing buddy to help with the shots... I tried the classic lip bit but it's danged difficult trying to take the photo yourself (I have no idea what that blue cast is all about... there was no blue on the fish). The disappointing part of the trip is that this is the only fish I caught. Eventually, the bursitis in my casting arm started killing me and the wind came up... so I bailed. But I do now know where to fish and I did catch one fat ol' LMB so it was a mixed blessing trip.