This morning was one of the more scenic mornings on the river. The sun was already above the horizon and there was a little bit of fog rising off the water when I got there. Instead of running my normal route, I decided I’d run back to where we had caught the big Smallmouth a few days earlier.
And we're off....
Sun through the fog As I headed towards my destination, I was tempted to stop and fish several spots where I'd caught fish in the past, but I kept going.
I passed the lotus field but the fog was still rising off the water so the photos weren't as good as I would have liked.
I made several casts before I hooked the first fish. It was a good one but it got away. A few casts later and I had another one on. This time I landed a chunky 17 inch Smallmouth. I already had one of my older cameras on a tripod and figured I’d hit the timer button and take the picture that way instead of doing the “hand” shots. It worked – if what you’re looking for is an example of how not to take a picture. The sun was right behind my head so the photo turned out very dark.
A little later on I managed to catch another slightly smaller fish. It was a nice fish but not a giant like the ones we got last week. I hammered that area with several different types of lures and only caught one more smaller fish before I gave up on that spot.
2nd fish of the day
I tried another spot I’ve never fished before and didn’t catch anything. There was a Green Heron standing on a sunken boat and he didn’t catch anything either so I didn’t feel too bad.
A few casts later I hooked another one. It was a nice fish but a little smaller than the last one.
2nd Largemouth of the day
After casting that area for a few more minutes, I ran to the spot where we caught most of our fish a few days earlier. I started throwing the same lures I used last time and caught several of the same medium to small fish we got from that spot last time. I decided that since I had already caught a few good fish, I’d throw bigger baits and try for another big one. I had a couple hits from smaller fish, but no big fish.
I fished another spot where we had caught a couple fish during the last trip but struck out there too, so I decided to fish one more spot I hadn’t fished in almost two years. I had a couple hits from what felt like smaller fish even though I was still throwing a bigger bait at them. After several casts I hooked a fish and still am not sure what species it was. My guess is a Warmouth or Rock Bass. No matter what it was, I was surprised that fish hit that big crank bait.
Warmouth or Rock Bass? I'll take it!
On the way back to the marina, I spotted a groundhog on one of the points. I stopped to watch it as it pulled some of the plants down and bit into them. It was interesting to see it look for specific ones and leave others alone. I was also amazed at the way it was able to use its hands almost like we do.What's for lunch?
Someone else enjoying the nice day