We waded our neighborhood creek armed with ultralights yesterday afternoon, and for the short amount of time we put in, I'd say we had some pretty good success. I caught three bass while Kelly only caught two...
but one of hers easily outweighed all three that I caught combined.
|Good things come to those who fish in the rain.|
I think now she may actually believe me when I tell her that the fishing can really heat up when the rain starts falling. That fish is hands down the largest either of us has caught from our little neighborhood creek, and I seriously wouldn't expect to catch any bigger. This is a small creek- barely twenty feet wide in most places and only two or three feet deep in the deepest holes. The particular hole near the bank where this fish was hanging out was probably only a foot and a half deep, four or five feet long, and maybe two feet wide. Just before catching the fish, Kelly had been dealing with a minor line explosion from her reel because it had fresh new line on it. I fished a few other likely spots while I waited on her to deal with the mess, and I intentionally left that hole for her to fish with her plastic worm. Once she got her line situation straightened out, she began to wade forward (thinking I had already fished all of the good spots). I told her to stop so she wouldn't spook the hole and let her know that I had saved it for her. I told her where to cast because I thought there might be a decent fish there. The result was the fish pictured above.
Sometimes I'm just too nice and make it way too easy for her, but I'm really glad she caught the fish. To her credit, she made a perfect cast into the hole, worked the worm like a pro, made the strike at the right moment, and played the fish to perfection... and to think... at this time last year she had never even fished a plastic worm.
Today was actually our first serious attempt of the year to fly fish for bass, and the results were pretty poor. Kelly caught the only bass of the day on the fly- a small Spotted Bass on a big cone head woolly bugger.
|First bass of 2013 on a fly|
The rain wasn't too bad today, but the stream we fished was running a little high and the wading was pretty difficult. After we gave up wading with fly rods, we spent a few minutes fishing from the bank with ultralights. I landed a pair of small basses- one Spot and one Largemouth. I was really hoping for a big bass on the fly for Easter, but I think Kelly may have used up all of our luck yesterday.
Hopefully, her rainy day bass will be the first of many good fish for this year. It looks like we're already off to a great start.