Monday, January 7, 2013

First bass of 2013

We caught our first bass of the new year today. After several bites and a couple missed strikes for both of us, we ended up landing one a piece.

Kelly's:

Kelly and Alabama Spotted Bass (Micropterus henshalli)

Jay's:

Largemouth Bass (M. salmoides)

Not caught on a fly, but on a cool 50 degree day during the first week of January... we'll take what we can get.

For those of you wondering...

Yes, Kelly's fish was a bit bigger than mine.

It may be a new year, but some things never change.

12 comments:

  1. Jay
    Was this stream close by? Those are nice bass for an early start to the season. I will get back on the water in February with the spinning gear. The crappie will start their spawn during that month and the ultralight is the perfect combo to use to get results. When will you and Kelly break out the fly rods?

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    1. The stream is in Birmingham... very close by. Within a few miles of our house. We like to think of it as our neighborhood stream.
      We would have broken out the fly rods for trout yesterday if the Sipsey tailrace had been wadeable. Keep us posted on when you think it's ready to be fished again.
      I'd love to go out with you in February for crappie if you need company.

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  2. Two nice fish. Neither bass is missing many meals! Congrats.

    You mentioned seeing a bunch of Northern Harriers on your Spring River post. Last week I drove across southern Idaho, and there were Northern Harriers EVERYWHERE! At least one per road mile. Very cool bird - unless your a mouse!

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    1. Kirk, the bass Kelly caught was a little football. Harriers are awesome birds. So cool to see them flying and hovering. I don't see many in our part of the country except during winter, and even then they certainly aren't one per road mile. Wow! Sounds like Harrier heaven in Idaho.

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  3. That looks like fun...all of my local water is hard right now so no warmwater action for me until spring unless we get a thaw. You've got to take advantage of those nice winter days , and I'd say you guys did just that!

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    1. HPFF, it's not too hard to take advantage of nice winter days in the deep South. I do not envy your solid water situation. Hang in there, spring is right around the corner.

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  4. Jay
    The last weekend in February would be a good time. I will keep you posted.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I'll try to keep it open.

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  5. Crazy to think you can catch bass in January. Even in the south. Nice job.

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    1. Although I certainly have no experience doing it, I've seen where people catch them ice fishing up north. I didn't know that was possible until I saw it on another fishing blog.

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  6. This post made me laugh. It has been awhile since I have been blogsurfing. It is comforting to know, that yes, some things never change. Keep kickin' his butt Kelly!

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    1. Stephanie, thanks for stopping by. Glad to provide some humorous stability to your blogsurfing.

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