|Sunrise at the launch|
|Bait at the surface = swimbait action|
I made my 3rd questionable decision of the morning when I decided to head SW towards a major creek. I didn't know it at the time but the water was much clearer towards the main lake. I caught a small bass early and nothing for an hour. Kept heading the same direction and the water got muddier. Finally decided at 10am to cross the lake and head back.
|A local that came to introduce himself. Nice to meet you too. Go get bigger, plz!|
|Attached a note to him that said, "catfish taste delicious"|
On the way back to the state park the wind picked up and I picked up another small bass on the swimbait.
I found a nice lily pad field in about 7 fow and had a good fish on but lost him in the pads. That wasn't fun but it was encouraging to find some good cover and get a solid thump. But it didn't change the afternoon for me. Found lots of fishylookn places with no fish. Even these guys seemed to be struggling.
|See'n any fish dude?|
|Lots of fishy lookn spots.|
The water visibility was much better after I passed the state park. I wish I had gone that direction in the beginning. I had 1 more good hit. I found a grass covered flat and started working the valleys with a big ole worm. After about 10 min's of dredging with the worm I pulled into something that felt like more grass....NOPE...got a tug back...set the hook. And this is how my last fish was lost. Set hook and fish on...tried to pull him out of the grass but ended up pulling my yak to him. He was buried deep I could see a tail about 3 feet below the surface...and no matter what I did I couldn't get him free. I leaned way over the side of the cuda. To the point where, I knew I was a gust of wind from being in the water with the fish. It wasn't too deep only 7 fow and I thought about going in after the fish. But decided that wasn't a great idea...I had made enough questionable decisions today...plus I wasn't sure how big he was. If he'd been over 6 lbs...I'd be wishing I had packed a change of clothes and a towel. But not happening today and the fish broke off a few minutes later.
|Lots of fishy lookn spots!!|
That was when I decided to end the day with a good decision...so I pack it up and head to Monroe to join the family for an early dinner and a cold one to help me think about the decisions I had made. Over all it was a great trip. I gained some valuable experience and developed a plan for next time. At the end of the day I got to fish and spend time with my family...the best decision I made all day!!! Till next time.