I Had An Awesome Day of Fishing!

It was my day to be champion fisherman. I started bait fishing about 2:30 pm. I was fishing with a float and worm near the surface. I caught  some bluegill but we wanted perch as they seem to be the prefered fish of the really big fish. I thought maybe the perch were hanging closer to the bottom, so I removed the float put on a split shot weight and just used the slip float. This got better results, I caught 3 perch. They were eight, nine, and ten inches long. I continued bait fishing moving up and down the bank.  My final tally for bait fish was 11 bluegill and the 3 perch. That gives me 14 catches I released 10 of the bluegill, used one for bait and brought the perch home to be cleaned for a later meal.

It is getting close to 4:00 pm now. David has just had a nice bite, but he was not able to set the hook. A few minutes later I get a very good bite, I set the hook! The fight is on! It feels like a pretty good-sized fish. It is swimming to the left, then to the right, now it is coming straight at me. I finally see it coming in. It looks like a bass. David has the net down and I pull the fish into it. David lifts it up and onto the bank. He picks it up to remove the hook. It is not a largemouth bass, but a smallmouth bass. This is the first time we have seen a smallmouth in the ponds.

It is a personal best record bass for me. I catch little 8 to 10 inch largemouth all the time. I was so excited that I had caught such a big bass even if it was a smallmouth.

 

 

 

When it got closer to dark I switched over to catfishing on the bottom with liver. I manage to catch 3 of them. We released the two smaller ones and brought the other one home to be cleaned for a later meal. I was now getting cold so I relinquished the liver pole to David, packed up my stuff and went to the RV. He was able to catch 7 catfish but they were all little punks so he released them all.

So the totals for this Thursday Fishing Trip:

Arlene Caught

11 Bluegill

3 perch

1 smallmouth bass

3 catfish

of these the perch, smallmouth bass and one catfish were brought home.

David caught

7 catfish all were released back into the pond.

So I was the Champion Today!

 

Reflections on the Pond

The north east corner.

The north east corner.

 

Green trees and a fisherman.

Green trees and a fisherman.

 

Along the shore to my left.

Along the shore to my left.

 

The ridge between the green tree hills.

The ridge between the green tree hills.

 

Fisherman in the corner.

Fisherman in the corner.

 

Sunflowers and bushes.

Sunflowers and bushes.