My goal was to catch rock bass, that's right I said rock bass. I have never caught one, but I hear stories that it is the fish that most people can't keep off their hooks. Naturally, that meant I would struggle. Got on the water around 6am, on a Saturday :evil: in hopes that I would beat the redneck crowds to this area. I get to the first spot and find a nice rope swing/ewok village.
I started casting around the submerged structure, bud light cans, old flip flops, and some things I couldn't identify.
Pulled this little guy out pretty quick.
Nothing after that fish. The water is surprisingly cold. The fish are definitely not active. Regardless, I decide to head farther away from the redneck footprint.
I arrive here, to nice water...
Found a nice pool just downstream.
Saw a spotted gar cruising, but he wouldn't play. I kept casting hoping to at least annoy a fish into biting. I see a red flash and I'm hooked up....
I like red breasted sunfish, probably one of my favorite panfish, but I have caught so many in the last year that I wouldn't mind a break from them.
I head back upstream and come to a some shallower water in the sun. Maybe the fish will be more active in there?
Oh, you again..
Please, something other than a redbreasted sunfish hit my fly!
Oh, well, I asked for it.
I see a nice little eddy off to the side that had some foam on top and looked to be deeper than the surrounding water.
Hmmm....well at least I caught something....
I fished down maybe a mile, then made the trek back. Caught another redbreast. :roll:
Any of you amateur botanists know what these two plants are? They were everywhere...
It was a nice morning. I caught fish, can't complain. Maybe I will get into the rock bass when it warms up some. I did see a few mr. no shoulders which made wading through grassy areas a little unnerving. I seem to have bass kryptonite every time I fish creeks or rivers. Panfish however, love me.