i dont know if this will turn into the splendor that my other storm drain thread is but thats creek is in pretty poor shape right now. I dont see much fishing in it in the near future.
SOooooo to combat that, there is another kinda sorta storm drain about 23 minutes from home. It flows into the Missouri River and when it floods, all kinds of nonsense fills into it. I have fished it in the past with my buddy Chris, the missouriflies.com guy, and only been defeated by grass carp and landing a few small white bass.
Saturday night I decided I needed to fish again after last weeks super smallie action. It was 95* degrees out with thunderstorms building over head. Lets go anyway!!! Geared up with the 11wt, a bottle of gatorade and off I go.
Keepin it high class in the ditches with Ross, Lamson and William Joesph
i get to the creek and there are hardly any clouds, and lots of sun. I gear up and see lots of activity. A couple of common carp, a grassie here and there, some gar and a BUNCH of asian bigheads ( BOOOO!!! ) So the first fish I present to is a grassie in about 6" of water, it spooks but my line pulls back, a very brief fight later, I landed this..
First drum on the fly. Ok cool, there are lots in this creek. Atleast I know the skunk wont smell
I work my way up, scaring grassies I didnt see and catching every single spotted gar I cast at. While I generally let them unhook themselves mid fight, they are fun as all get out to catch. They ranged from 18-24" all night, and I probably caught a dozen of them. he's som e teeth of one that i did get in
Then i really found what i came for. In a small shallow riffle, it was loaded with grassies tailing. A couple of drifts and nothing. Hmm..swap to a foam mullberry and first drift, this monster of a grassie comes over and slurps it up, hook set annnnnd right out of its mouth it goes. @#$%^&*&^!!!!!!!! Oh well, try try again. Then this happened.
, you just need to watch, trust me.
As i was reaching to its mouth to unhook it, the knot explodes and off goes my first grassies. Poo.
So up the water I go, catching gar, falling down in the rock piles again spooking fish, you know par for the course. So im at a big poole, lots of feeing carp, cast across the bank to a big one( 30+" ) and start striping my fly back, it starts to chase...YES!! Still chasing...YEESS!!! and right up at the bank it takes off in the opposite direction, NO!!!! you were going to eat that!! About the same time that happens, i feel a ton of weight on the rod and i set the hook, and something big takes off!!! I mean just about got to the backing before it decided that was far enough. I turn the fish, gain some line back and bam...another huge run. After the 4th time it does this I hobbel down the bank with it 20 yards. Thats when I got the camera out and shot this...its a 2 part video, pictures to follow, but you should DEFINITLY watch it.
HOLY BATFLAPS!!!! Sucker was HUUUGGGEEE and totally awesome!! For compairison, The lamson is a Guru 4.0 that is 4.25" in diameter, and this is the size we normally catch in here
This guy was huge. 22" long and i couldnt get my hands around to girth it. So pictures, video and off it goes!!
About that time it started to get dark and this creek is hard enough to walk in when its sunny, so it was time to pack up.
I will be back again my friend! I will be back.
To add to the fun now, I get home and Im all pumped about this fish. Some simple math and it turns out its a 7.5-8.4 pound white bass. Sweet!! Lets see what the state record is............Sate record is 5 pounds 6 ozs....................I just caught and unknowingly released the potentional new state record white bass! DANG IT!!! but im glad at the same time so it didnt have to die. SO thats exciting but frustrating all at once. I guess I now have 2 fish I need to get reproduction mounts made for. Anyway, I will be back to this creek, hopefully you find my adventures as thrilling in this new local as the original.