Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Redeyez N the Hood

Gratuitious Redeye photo inserted here for the thumbnail in blogroll previews

There's a small creek that flows out of the state park where I work and through the suburban area where we now live. A short section of it flows along the edge of our neighborhood subdivision, although our house isn't really that close to it... which is probably a really good thing... given what occurred earlier this week.

Approximately six inches of rain fell overnight from late Sunday through early Monday morning. That's a lot of rain in short order... which inevitably means flash flooding.

We are very fortunate that our house wasn't flooded, because there were several homes in our neighborhood (close to the creek) that were.

Here are a few pictures of the raging creek...

The "creek" at the spillway from the state park lake- typically a trickle

The "creek" flooding a parking lot just below the state park

The view from the bridge that leads into our neighborhood

The flooded neighborhood park; the creek is normally within that line of riparian trees

Anybody want to swim in the neighborhood pool? Wait... where is it?

The was the first Redeye Bass that Kelly caught from our new neighborhood creek in late February...


and this was the second...

Closeup of that stunning red eye above

If you know anything about Redeyes, you know that this is actually a "big" one... especially from such a small (under normal circumstances) creek. The Alabama state (and presumably World) record is just a little over 3 lbs.

I really hope the recent flood didn't wash away any of the Redeyes in the 'hood. They're not a species that is particularly fond of siltation and/or dirty water... so I'm also hopeful that we won't have any more unusually heavy rainfall in the coming days.

I'm sure the Redeyes are still there... they're tough little fish after all, but this wasn't good for the habitat or the fish.

11 comments:

  1. First off, I'm glad you didn't have a flooded house. We had a flooded basement after our flooding last year. I'm sure you will see things get back to normal and the Redeyes will be there.

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    1. Thanks, Howard.
      We don't have a basement... and we're on a slab foundation, so flooding would be really, really bad for us. It's amazing how quickly the water has come down, but it's still not close to being normal yet. I think it may be July before we really get into wading.

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  2. Happy to hear that flooding was not a problem this time around. Like Howard mentioned, flooding is in the back of our minds, out our way. It is amazing how the water can be just "on you" in no time at all under the right conditions. BTW, first glance thought that this was a Smallmouth Bass. Not familiar with the Redeye. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mel, thanks for the comment.
      Redeyes are endemic to Alabama and Georgia, and haven't really been stocked outside of this region because of their relatively small size. I've heard them called "the Brook Trout of warmwater game fish" which is a pretty good description. They are very scrappy fighters... maybe even scrappier than their Smallmouth cousins.

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    2. Thanks, Jay, appreciate the sharing of your knowledge on the Redeye. You southern fella's sure have a lot of fun. Catch a "Brookie"!

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  3. cool looking fish! i have heard they have made their way out here somehow. Haven't caught one yet. Glad to hear the flooding hasnt affected you!

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    1. I've also heard there are some in California... but I certainly wouldn't know where. Maybe some of the lower elevation streams that are just a bit too warm for trout or Smallmouth. They're really fond of rocky clear water streams. Maybe you can catch one and show us some photographic proof that they're there.

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  4. Jay
    Beautiful red eye bass, really glad you guys didn't get flooded---thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks, Bill.
      Based on how we fared in the recent flood event, I'd say our new house is pretty safe. That was probably about as bad as it's ever gonna get.

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  5. That's an odd looking fly pattern, :)

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    1. Both of those Redeyes were caught on "odd looking fly patterns." That first one was caught on jig with a small white twist tail grub. Kelly was using ultralight and 4" Powerbait worms on this particular outing. I tried some actual flies (poppers and Stealth bombers), but only caught one 4" Green Sunfish.

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