Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Break

As kids we grow up looking forward to both Spring Break and Summer Break for most of our lives, and then we grow up and they yank the rug out from under us. I look back now with fond memories of Spring Break fishing trips with my Father and long Summer vacations spent at the lake cabin with my Grandfather, chasing fish with almost every spare minute we had. These days my breaks have to come in the form of vacation days spent and I always try to plan a stretch of days in early Fall to get out and enjoy my favorite time of year. This past week was my annual "Fall Break" and I managed to get out on several separate occasions to get my boots wet. No real story, just time spent enjoying the weather, some good company and the brief chance to spend some time doing what I love.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

An Afternoon on the Local

Finally got my boots (sandals) wet this weekend after a much too long hiatus. Nothing exciting, just an evening spent walking the shoreline of a local city impoundment looking for tailing carp and a little water time on the pontoon chasing surfacing white bass and hybrids.
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The fishing wasn't anything to write home about, but after three weeks of being stuck at work an afternoon spent with my best friend and a flyrod in my hand was a very welcome experience.
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With the cooling waters the carp seemed to have moved into a little deeper flats as we didn't see too many tailers. Maybe half a dozen small fish of which I was only able to capitalize on one(and I had to cheat and flip an egg pattern to entice him). No complaints here though...after a long dry spell it was just nice to feel that tug again!
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The real reason I chose this specific destination though was the chance at surface feeding white bass and hybrids. With the cooler weather, I knew it was that time of year and I'd heard rumors of surfacing fish early and late.
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The rumors were indeed true, unfortunately I couldn't connect with anything of any size. I saw several big groups of fish feeding out on the main lake but just wasn't able to move around fast enough with my oar-power to capitalize like I had hoped. I finally gave up trying to chase surfacing fish and just threw a sinking line with a baitfish pattern around areas where I could spot schools of shad.
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I ended up with two small whites and one small hybrid, not nearly the kind of success I was hoping for, but still a fun way to spend an evening. The whites and hybrids are definitely in an active pattern from what I saw and I plan to get back out and chase them again sooner than later.
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While we didn't set the world on fire in our afternoon at the lake, it was a nice quick fix to tide me over until I can get away for a real fishing trip. Until next time.....
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