|The end of the unproductive day.|
After about ten minutes of trial and error I had a hit. Then the trail went dry for an hour, until finally I found the kind of water I needed to be fishing. It was almost dark when I finally got 3 or 4 strikes on as many casts, but Thursday night was a bust because I was slow on every hook set. So as I was loading the kayak I decided that I was going to get out again Friday night.
The next evening came and I was on the water again. I did not take a spin rod this time, just a fly rod and a couple poppers. Instead of bouncing around I went directly to where I missed fish the night before. The bass were not looking for the same retrieve as the night before but once I found the magic retrieve pattern the strike was on. It was windy and I was making short casts and retrieves and with less slack line the first strike was also the first hook set. After I set the hook the bass ran to deep water. I knew it was a good fish when it started to pull the kayak.
|First fish was a 17 incher baby!|
It was a short fight but my first thoughts of a good fish were right. After taking a picture I got my key chain tape measure out and measured it at about 17 inches. I took a look at where I ended up after the fight and the wind blowing me away and I was far from where I hooked up. So I paddled back to about the hook up spot and started a new drift. On my second cast I missed another good one. Then desperate to get out of the wind I took shelter behind a small island and caught this nice 14 inch bass.
|These bass were two very different colors I think its because of the water depth|
Like I said at the start of this post I have not mastered anything but I am feeling confident enough to take just a fly rod and that is a start.