David went night fishing last night and it was a complete success! He began texting me about his catches at 8:49 with guesstimates on how big the fish he was catching. His last text at 10:05 listed the guesstimate for his last and largest fish. He said he was tired now and packing up to come home.
These were the second and third fish caught last night.
The second fish was 2 lbs. and 19 inches.
The third fish was 4 1/4 lbs and 23 1/2 inches.
The first fish caught was 6 lbs. and 24 1/2 inches
The fourth and final fish was the largest weighing in at 7 1/2 lbs. and 26 1/2 inches long.
The two larger fish in the tub before being weighed and measured.
So there you have it, David’s night of the big boys!
David got a bit of a later start that morning, but the forecast called for a cooler day. The highs were only suppose to reach the mid 80’s by late afternoon. The fishing was slow at first but then things picked up. He said he got into a nice school of bluegills.
So he was able to catch six nice ones.
He also caught seven filleting sized perch.
He did not catch his limit of catfish this trip. Almost though he caught these four pan sized ones.
As it gets closer to August now, it will be time to switch over to evening fishing. He will go over early enough to catch bait sized fish to put out on his big fishing poles. He will stay after dark when the big boys start biting. So it will not be about quantity then, it will be about the size. One or two fish, around or well above the 5 pound mark, will be a good night of fishing.
After a two-week break from fishing, to recover from the 4 days in a row fishing and feeling out of sorts from an infected tooth that he had pulled, David headed off to the ponds to do some fishing yesterday. Yes, I gave him his kiss for luck and it is continuing to work.
He brought home another nice bucket of fish. He dumped it into the sink before I had a chance to take a picture of the bucket o’ fish, so it became a sink full of fish.
I then separated them by species and took photos of them. He caught this lone crappie. This is the first crappie he has caught in all the years fishing at these ponds. He usually gets over excited and misses them. Their mouth is thin-skinned, so I think he pulls the hook right through the mouth when he tries to set the hook. This time he was patient and did not jerk the pole to hard to set the hook. It was a nice 11 inches long.
He caught a nice mess of perch, nine in total.
He caught the limit of 5 catfish a day.
He filleted all the fish out. Even the catfish this time, he usually leaves ones this size whole, removing head, tail, and fins then skins them. That is why this was a sink full of tasty tidbits. 😀