In an effort to make my trip reports simpler, I am consolidating my other blog dedicated to salt water into this one, so pardon the dated posts that are about to follow..........
Happy belated Valentine's Day to all of you. Hope you had a safe
holiday. I traditionally head out every week to wet a line, whether it
is from the banks of my local horse pond or from the comfort of my kayak
on some body of water. My planned trip for this past Friday was
canceled due to a sudden temperature drop and a splitting headache, so I
decided to take Monday off instead. The 60-70 degree temperature
wasn't too bad of an incentive either.
On Monday, I
ventured over to the pond on the river and fished with a buddy of mine.
The weather forecast was not promising for the entire day with forecast
estimating afternoon winds at 30 mph+ with gusts of 40+. We got on the
water around 9am and found the pond to be relatively quiet with no
significant traffic. This time of year can find the pond area with
boats of various shapes and sizes stacked almost on top of one another.
The myriad of live lines and anchor lines turns this area into a
minefield when trying to position yourself.
working a new spot we had not tried before and learned that the fishing
was going to be slow today. We spent the better part of 2 hours working
the spot over with a variety of presentations and lures to no avail.
The winds made boat positioning near impossible. I think I spent just
as much time paddling and positioning as I did fishing. As the day wore
on, the action and bite continued to be slow. Others in the pond area
were experiencing the same challenge. We witnessed only a handful of
fish being caught.
Around the lunchtime hour, I got my
first fish on a sea shad impersonation, a short one around 14". Shortly
thereafter, my buddy landed a good 20+ inch trout that was released for
another day. Then what little action there was slowed again, and no
one was getting any bites. Almost all of the big boats left, leaving
just three kayakers and two boats. Around 1:30pm, the wind was getting
pretty stout, so we both beached the kayaks for a stretch and decided to
wade fish for a bit before calling it a day. After 15 minutes of
casting, I ended up hooking into something that put a nice bow in my
For those new to the pond area, the
tannins from the nearby swamp and all of the dead wood, stain the water
to the point that visibility is limited to about 4-6 inches. Whenever
you hook into a fish, you never really know what you have until you get
it into the boat. After about a 30-45 second fight, my fish surfaces
and is much bigger than I had thought. I was able to get the fish over
to my kayak just as the 10lb. flourocarbon leader broke. I was able to
get the Fish Grips on and positioned the fish on the measuring board -
20" on the nose or tail as it were.
after that, the winds started to pick up even more, and we decided to
call it a day. We landed three fish between us, had several more tease
the baits with short strikes and nibbles. All in all, a good day on the
water, albeit windy. The wind was so strong at times that the PFDs and
paddles acted as sails and pushed us all over. Next time, I am
bringing a sturdy anchor to at least give myself a chance at holding a
position for more than 5 seconds.