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In response to: Cabin fever, not for me.

Creekyknees [Member]
Short trip due to DR'S and such today . I scouted the stretch first from shore and saw the fish were moving down stream and back up stream in what seemed to be a defined territory .

I could see why they chose the up stream limits as there was a good sized drain that brings water in from a retention pond that is feed by an intermittent stream draining a sub division .

The downstream limits were the same conditions below where they stopped as it was above the stopping point . About a foot or so deep, intermittent weed patches covered in algae on a bottom more sandy than rocky .

I started at the down stream end throwing 1/16 oz beetle spins into the lanes twixt the weed patches . Once I reached the end of my casting limits I got back up on shore as I figured that wading into their territory while they were in an obvious search pattern would only spook them .

From up on shore I used a 1/6 oz jig with a one inch twister to bounce down stream thru the lanes twixt the weeds until the line fouled on a weed clump . I would reel in to pick the green and move to another spot where making such casts were possible .

Once I got above the drain , I got back in the water and cast the jig downstream into the area around the drain .

The drain area was the most productive , casting up from the down stream edge was next . The casting from shore was the least productive due to the limitations in casting and drifting among the many weed clumps .

Some smallmouth bass, some rock bass , a couple sunnies and one creek chub .

After spending some time thinking about the down stream limit the fish chose , I still have not come up with a reason that makes sense to me . Maybe they have learned that going further expends more energy than is returned for the effort . Maybe it had something to due with the changes from overcast and light rain to partly cloudy and back again .
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In response to: Cabin fever, not for me.

Creekyknees [Member]
I have decided to spend as much time as possible before radiation/chemo kicks my ass exploring the upper reaches of the tribs to my river . I plan on venturing into the tribs of the tribs when time, circumstances and access points allow .

I will be fishing above where the branches of the creek split and up stream . No fishing in the main stem but if a trib flows into the main stem it's fair game .

If the creek does not split into branches it will be a judgement call based on gut instinct where to start . Not real scientific but I have learned to trust my gut instinct over these decades .

From What I have learned so far hip boots are all I need . If I get into knee deep water without fishing it first , I blew that spot . If I get into water deeper than my hip boots I am standing where I should be fishing and have really screwed the pooch .

I also don't expect to catch a lot of huge fish , at least that has not been the case so far . I have adjusted my gear to match the conditions . A 5 ft 6 inch 2 piece ultra lite spin with a 10/100 reel and 6 lb test will be the primary combo .

Back up will be a 7 ft two piece lite action spin with a 20/200 reel and 8 lb test . I may be tempted to take one of my ancient 12 ft 1 piece cane poles down and string it up . The only problem with that is getting to the water without it getting broke .

Depending on how creative I want to get tackle wise I will be going from what fits in a couple of shirt pockets to a small over the shoulder bag .

I am not quite sure which direction this will go , or if it ever will ever have a coherent direction . It may well be a hodgepodge of observations , fishing tips on what did and did not work and flat out musings , odd thoughts or whatever strikes my fancy .

So put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip and come on to the mother ship . The long, strange trip continues .
PermalinkPermalink 07/07/17 @ 21:22