We thought for a second that the bass was considering eating the small Midland Watersnake, but apparently it was just guarding a nest and chasing away a potential predator. It's pretty cool to see things like that in nature... especially when you find "nature" smack dab in the middle of a completely developed urban area. Enjoying nature is my primary motivation for going fishing.
This may be a first here on The Naturalist's Angle, but today I returned to my roots and fished with my Featherlight spinning rod. I was recently given a huge lot of plastic worms and such (much, much more about that later), and I was itching to get out and fish a "Texas-rigged" worm.
My Featherlight spinning rod is an ultralight so I chose a small 4" worm, a size 1 worm hook, and a 1/16 oz bullet worm weight. This is an ideal set up for fishing small stream bass if you must use something other than a fly rod.
|A spinning rod? I thought this was a fly fishing blog.|
While I fished the worm, Kelly stuck to her gun... her lucky Featherlight fly rod.
I'm pretty sure I'll lure her to at least try the dark side soon enough, but as long as she catches just as many on poppers as I do on plastic worms it will be hard to make the case. There was no clear winner today as we both caught several bass (Largemouths and Spotteds) and none over a pound.
It was really hot out there this evening. It felt like we were wading through warm bath water, and the air felt like a sauna. The high temp was 104 in Birmingham today. When we got back to the car at 9 PM, the thermometer was still reading 96. I've heard a lot of people say it's just too hot to fish, but if you'll just wait 'til the sun gets behind the trees... those hot fish and their high metabolism have to eat.
Stay cool out there, and get out to enjoy some evening fishing action.