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BigCliff
08-03-2010, 11:25 AM
My wife noticed that I had been a bit red-lined with "family management" lately, and sent me off to fish for the remainder of the weekend once her parents hit the road.

Great music for such a getaway
YouTube - Adam Carroll--Sno-Cone Man

Too bad it was the hottest day yet of 2010,


San Antonio hit its first 100-degree day this summer on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

but that's alright.

I know a spot where the river's cool, and the trees are tall.


Headed out past some local landmarks-

http://a1.vox.com/6a00d4143644946a470137e030f9d9860e-500pi
http://a5.vox.com/6a00d4143644946a470137a4dbae05860c-500pi

and got started quickly on the 40 or so sunfish and bass.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs230.snc4/38843_413409838789_751138789_4686277_7475369_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs130.ash2/39819_413409858789_751138789_4686279_3913639_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs139.ash2/40280_413409888789_751138789_4686280_816056_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs287.snc4/40671_413409938789_751138789_4686285_2084524_n.jpg

Even the skinny critters were staying VERY shaded.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs131.ash2/39881_413409843789_751138789_4686278_3541657_n.jpg

After I'd worked downstream a ways, the catching slowed a bit. I started hearing these odd gulp/inhale/suction takes that were quite loud given how little boil they produced. They were scattered quite a bit, and the water was too stained to get a good visual of what was going on. I figured maybe I had lucked into surface feeding carp.

I tried drifting the fluorescent foam and rubber legged bug I had tied on down where I'd seen the boils and got nothing. I was seeing tons of damsels flying around, so I figured I'd give that a shot.

Tied on one of these,

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs214.snc4/39037_413409923789_751138789_4686284_4702219_n.jpg

and on the first or second drift it got gulped.

I had no idea what it was, and was pretty damn excited to find out. It was way bigger than the runts I'd been catching, and fought like a bottom feeder.

Turned out to be a whiskerfish!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs189.snc4/37798_413409893789_751138789_4686281_5296101_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs092.snc4/35955_413409898789_751138789_4686282_7138329_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs212.snc4/38914_413409908789_751138789_4686283_2058396_n.jpg

Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it myself.

Ard
08-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Pretty cool trip report Cliff,

I guess everything but a sucker feeds on the surface sometime or another.

Jimmie
08-03-2010, 11:47 AM
Yeah, neat report Cliff. Good looking Damsel Fly adult. Snakes huh? What kind was the one across the stream?

jpbfly
08-03-2010, 11:56 AM
Nice report Cliff:thumbsup:surprising indeed to see a cat taking a dry...hope none of the huge ones we've got here will take my fly...they sometimes rise on ducks,rats...or dogs:eek::eek::eek:

BigCliff
08-03-2010, 12:18 PM
Snakes huh? What kind was the one across the stream?

I'm fairly sure it was one that's very common on our rivers, the Diamondback Water Snake. DiamondbackWS (http://www.houstonherp.com/DiamondbackWS.html) Quite harmless, but doesn't really look like it is.