Alice Cooper’s classic rock anthem “School’s Out” always takes me back to my younger days, but for me it meant more than a few months of freedom. Each summer I left the brick-and-mortar school behind, but actively sought out other schools – schools of fish!
The steady gurgle of a Jitterbug can lull you into a daze, but don’t let that happen. Night bites on topwater plugs occur with zero warning, sometimes right at the boat, and they tend to be violent. Don’t let that scare you away, just don’t get too relaxed. There’s something truly thrilling about casting by the light of the moon (or into total darkness), fishing by sound and feel, and being at least somewhat startled by every strike.