As I type this, Kelly and I are watching the local news weather coverage. Tonight is a tornado night in "Dixie Alley." We've already seen a tornado reported from Jasper, Alabama where our friend Bill lives. I hope we all survive this night unscathed.
My thoughts are with Bill as I post photos of fish caught from his home water on Smith Lake. I hope you are okay, my friend.
We went kayak fishing on Smith Lake last weekend- Easter Sunday.
I had a difficult day... lots of tangles and challenges to deal with. The icing on the cake being when my 9' 7 wt G. Loomis GL3 fly rod with L.L. Bean Orion reel fell out of my kayak... and as it was disappearing into the depths of Alabama's deepest and clearest lake... I did what any reasonable fly fisher who can swim would do. I frantically jumped out of my little boat and went in after it. I was able to get it... so no loss... except for my dryness... I was wet for the rest of the afternoon.
Shortly after I took my swim, Kelly caught what may be the biggest Bluegill she has ever landed.
|Smith Lake Bluegill, almost 9"|
If Kelly's hand doesn't make it look big... here it is on her kayak paddle.
|Big "Bull" Bluegill- easily big enough to make Bill's cut|
Then she caught a 20" Alabama Bass.
|The girl wins again|
Kelly also caught this interesting little Bluegill that obviously had a close call with something dangerous... maybe an Osprey talon.
I only managed a few small bass- 2 on the baitcaster with Rapala X-Rap Shad and 1 on the fly rod. None were really photo worthy. As final insult to injury, I missed what may have been a very nice fish thanks to a very untimely decision to sit my rod down in favor of my paddle... all to make some minor and unnecessary adjustment to my kayak's position. The fish, which I estimated to be in the 5 lb size class, inhaled my fly and spit it before I could pick the rod back up and set the hook. Damn it.
I may have been outfished by a girl again, but at least I can say I tied the flies responsible for her success.
|Blue Stealth Bomber, size 4 (See top Bluegill photo above too.)|
You gotta claim your victories wherever you find them.