|Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)|
I know this won't make my first serious attempt at catching a carp on the fly any easier. I have questioned a carp master for how he would approach it, and he has offered some sage advice (no fly fishing pun intended... but if you like to think of it that way, that's cool).
|Two carp on the flats- one in photo center, one at top partly in shadow|
I have high hopes of hooking up with one soon, but I expect my first attempt will merely be a lesson in humility.
|Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)|
I was also pleasantly surprised to see a single small Alabama "Spotted" Bass.
|Alabama Bass (Micropterus henshalli)|
We were beginning to lose hope for there being any quality bass in the lake (because it appears to receive a good deal of fishing pressure)... but before we wrapped up our scouting mission, we spotted a school of four bruisers prowling the shoreline. They were a bit difficult to photograph from our vantage point on the trail, but two of the four are visible in the photo below- the two smaller ones were around three pounds and the two larger ones I would estimate to be closer to five.
|Largemouth Bass (M. salmoides)|
Of course it wouldn't be a complete hike in the woods for us without finding at least one snake.
|Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)|
As nice as it was hiking around the lake armed with a camera, I'm really looking forward to getting back out there with kayaks and fly rods.