Met up at 6 and decided that our best plan would be to hit the south end of the lake, where south breezes would be offshore breezes. We could deal widdat. Next, this being his first LB trip, I thought it best to spare him from the lure eating rock trolls off the springs. He loses enough of my lures anyway. We prepped his brand new Fish Cat 4 and FC launched while I finished dressing and launching my own self. Water temp off the shallow beach was 53 at launch (7:30) and only climbed a couple of degrees through the overcast day. It was calm when we went afloat, but we had checked all the weather forecasts and we knew that major south winds were due to come up before 10. We would have to fish well and score early. We both were dragging a minnow...for walleyes, cats or whatever. We also threw a succession of spinners, jigs and hardbaits on our second rods. Lotsa pops on the plastics but the inexperienced fish didn't know how to hang on. I scored the first fish...an anorexic mudder with big sores on its sides. Yuckkkk! Not a good start. But, around 9, Flycasting announced a "runner" on his bait rod and set the hook into his first nice cat...3 pounds plus. His new Fish Cat had scored his first cat fish. We kept throwing plastics and dragging bait past the dreaded 10 AM wind blast forecast. Nothing but a mild north breeze. Typical weather forecast for LB. Wish I had a job in which I could be wrong so often and still get paid. Fishing was slow but we went back and forth on kitty hookups. We both finished with 3 channels and a few mudders. I caught one silly white bass and brought in a "tail taker" carp to cut up for bait for FC. Glad we went and even more glad that we got to stay on the water until we were darned good and ready (cell phone commanded) to go home. Attachments:
No worries FG.... I left plenty golden bonefish for you. TD didn't post any of the autopsy pics of the carp. Talk about gross. 2lbs of puke green eggs.... yum.
Any fish not hooked in the head is more difficult to bring in. If you can't pull their head around, you are dragging a lot of dead weight...besides their swimming power. It did take me a while to drag it in, but I didn't have any other pressing engagements.
I bet that tail taker put up a good fight. I remember hooking a Koke in the top fin once and thought I had a record fish till I got it in and found it to be 20"
It will always be OUR spot, sweetie. But, being the caring and sharing person you are, I did not think you would mind allowing Tyler to "experience" it...just once. After all, other than harvesting a couple of scales, he did not much molest your precious "golden bones". I, on the other hand, felt duty-bound to exercise a couple of them, just to keep them in shape for your next visit. Attached is a picture of one that was very creative in its feeding habits. It actually swatted the jig first, to stun it no doubt, and became impaled in the caudal appendage. The wind was just a gentle breeze most of the time, and often dropped to almost slick conditions. Whenever that happened, in the overcast conditions, the carp would come to the surface in big slurping groups. I am sure that a fly finger could have been constant bendo. the carp are responding to the rapidly warming water. They will be rolling in the shallows soon. Right now they are just "speed dating"...gathering in groups to see who they might wanna hook up with at egg dropping time. Glad you liked the smile on my biggest kitty for the day. Ain't she purty?
I thought that was OUR spot. Anybody catch my CARPS? The water looks pretty calm, were you getting pushed around? That 23" is an awesome picture!
Nice day! I am glad to get word out here in the Midwest that our exiled weathermen have found a place to roost.
Yay! I was going through tube pic withdrawal. Great pics!
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