Friday, July 25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend at the Conway Outdoor Expo

We celebrated my daughter's 5th birthday in Central AR last weekend.  While we were in town we caught up with my cousin at the outdoor expo.  Since his FLW win he's been pressed for time but he wasn't too busy to volunteer and teach kids some casting techniques.  He'll be fishing the Forest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, SC Aug 14-17.  Good luck Cody!!!  Cody Kelley bio on FLW

Everyone was encouraged to enter a drawing for a chance to win a free fishing trip with Cody on his Phoenix bass boat.  More to follow on that.

Any skill level welcome




There were lots of other great outdoor booths set up-camping, cots, and trucks to name a few.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to the good ol' days - Ozark float

It's been a few years since I fished from our family's canoe, used mainly for family outings now.  That changed last weekend as my brother had a free weekend to fish.  He doesn't own a kayak so a good ol' fashioned canoe trip (this is how our dad took us some 30 yrs ago) was planned.  So we loaded the river barge and headed out at 2am was on the creek by 5:30 and floated/fished for 13 hours.  A 13 hour float by canoe really makes you appreciate a kayak and all it's features...what I missed most was my Cuda's comfortable seat.  But I'm not complaining, I was able to fish with my brother and that doesn't happen very often these days.  The fishing made the day even better:
Brother and the 1st fish of the trip, 5:45...not a bad start.

2nd fish of the day.  My brother thought he had a monster for a few seconds...but reality set in and he knew it wasn't a SM....next was the guessing game, catfish, carp, or gar.  It was a great fight and he ended up trying to catch a few more during the float...no luck.



The float was very scenic, the water was low as expected in July, but the cool mountain water was welcomed as the afternoon temp's got to 97.  I think I waded about half the trip and had to walk the canoe down almost every shoal.

Big fish 17"

 Big fish of the day was 17" but we caught several at 15-16"s and too many to count in the 12-14" range.  I estimate we caught between 30-40 SM and about the same in goggle eye, rock bass, and sunfish.  Really a great day of fishing.



 The fishing was off and on all day but the best bite was early morning and late afternoon.  During the middle of the day finding shade and rapids was the ticket.

Another hard fighting bronzeback.







Cool looking river bluff.  Gravel bar we stopped at for lunch had shade and a view.

The float was good the fishing was great....till next time.