Friday, September 6, 2013

A Much Needed Day on the Locals....Bass , Carp and Drum

While it may appear like I just dropped off the face of the earth after returning from my Wyoming trip , in all actuality I've just been busy trying to catch up on all of the chores around the home that I'd been putting off all summer. With Fall right around the corner I figured that I'd procrastinated as long as I could and had better get busy trying to scratch some items off that old list we all have.
While I'm still in the middle of a couple projects, I made time this week on one of my days off to get out and feel that "tug" again. Joe and I started off the day around mid-morning and headed out to a local reservoir to see if we couldn't find a carp or two to play with. The water was drastically cooler than on my last visit and while I didn't see lots of fish , the ones I did see were very active. I managed to pick up two nice commons and several smallish drum on our walk down the rocky dam face.
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The cool water really had these fish feeling their oats , the drum fought much bigger than they actually were and one of the carp had to be the best fight of the year. I love to see my backing knot , although I always cringe just a little as it slips through the guides!
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All of my fish came on rocks today. I had several shots at foraging fish on the surrounding mud flats but just couldn't get an eat.
I wondered to myself just what they were eating that had them snubbing their nose at my flies and on our way back to the truck I finally figured it out. The grass along the shoreline was full of these large yellow mayflies (Nice entomological terms , huh?) and I can only guess that they were rooting up mayfly nymphs.
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A great couple of hours and it really made me wish I'd been down to check things out sooner.
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With the cooler evenings ,I'd been wanting to get my boat out on a small local lake not far from the house and try to catch a few largemouth. With the fever revving up after a successful morning on the water I decided I might as well load up the boat and give it a shot.
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It was my first time looking for bass on the lake , my previous endeavors here all consisted of stalking the shores for carp. A nice little lake with some shallow weeds and deep rocky bluffs ,I was excited to get started. I didn't have long to wait before hooking up with what I'd came for.
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While smaller than what I'd hoped for at least it was a good start.
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Being a weeknight there were very few people on the water and the weather was about as good as it gets. There's just something enjoyable about sitting out in the middle of a lake , kicking back and watching the sun set over the horizon.
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I ended up landing several more bass but unfortunately none of them were any bigger than the first one , they could have all been siblings. All in all still another great outing and I'll be back before old man winter arrives to try and find some older and larger family members.
With any luck it won't be another month before my next post , I'm pretty sure that itch will need to be scratched again before then...damn those lists!

14 comments:

  1. Great outing!! I love drum. Those flat sided bodies really give them some great pulling power

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    1. Thanks man...I'm with you , those drum are great fighters and are pretty much willing to eat anything that's presented properly.

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  2. I figured that you just decided to stay in Wyoming and that there was no internet wherever you landed. Welcome back.

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  3. Howard...I wish you were right buddy , that sounds like much more fun than the reality of working around the house!

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  4. Nice fish! I wish the "small drum" around here were as big as yours!

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    1. Thanks Dave...last year I was able to get a couple over 30" so compared to those fish these were relatively smallish!

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  5. ... And I like that Punch cigar! Excellent choice!

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    1. One of my favs as well , that or a good Macanudo really finish off a day nicely!

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  6. awesome shots. :) i was squinting to see joe. what a beautiful dog!!!

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    1. TexWisGirl...Thank You!! I'll be sure to tell Joe that he has another admirer!

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  7. Good stuff! Again, sure wish we had drum here, glad you do. Love that water, to die for stuff. Nice report! (I would call that mayfly a Hex, but any # of Ephemera could be suspect.)

    Gregg

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    1. Thanks Gregg...Nothing beats sight fishing in clear ,shallow water.
      I wondered if they weren't a genus of hex. They were awfully big and that was about the only one I knew of that gets so large.

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  8. Damn those lists is right! One nice thing, the lists always give us additional motivation to get back on the water. Hats off to ya beautiful trip! Nice pics!

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  9. Thank you sir....Very true words , I suppose if we could be on the water all the time we might not appreciate it quite as much (I still hate those lists though!).

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