Fish Catching Travel
December 28, 2011
The day dawned clear and cold. There was barely a breeze. I was excited to be heading to Coleto today, with little wind, I hoped it would be worm day, and it was for about 2 hours.
I started on a main lake point with deep water and a major channel swing. Purple worm was on my worm rod so in it went. The first one was in the boat about 5 minutes after I started. I followed with 3 more, the biggest maybe 2 pounds. So not a great start, but I could live with it.
Moving up lake I stopped on a long main lake bank with several pockets on it. I wanted to throw a spinner bait but with the lake rising there was floating grass everywhere, so I switched to a beaver tail type plastic, this one from Cabelas. I managed about 5 more, several of them not to bad. They were definitely on points that had some wood on them. The bite lasted about an hour there and I made a decision to move up lake to the river. Bad idea.
I should have stayed where I was, down lake in the clearer water!
We have had just enough rain, and it has been cold rain, to cool the water off. I fished all the places I catch them in December, no luck. Not only was a bad idea, I stayed to long. Sometimes our heart, and those “old” places, over ride our brain. Not only was the water colder, it was off colored. So, maybe it would have been a better choice late in the day with the sun shining on it, but either way I was out of there.
About 5 minutes later.
I ran all the way back to the dam and went up the smaller arm. I have been catching a few good ones on a tree line in grass patches so I stopped and gave it a try. No luck. Next it was a long channel bank where I managed to catch 2, one not to bad. They both came on the beaver tail in Tequila Sunrise. I still wasn’t happy with the results so I went further up the lake to the power plant area and things got better fast.
I headed down a channel bank throwing that Rapala crankbait in chartreuse. If you read my stuff here you have seen pictures of it. It is my go to bait. Running it about 5 foot deep, tipping the grass, resulted in some great strikes. I caught 4 or 5 out of one area. Then I switched to jerk bait, a Rogue Jr. silver with a black back. Another 5 or 6 came over the side before I quit. I was jerking that bait fairly slow, and most of them hit half way back to the boat. Nothing to big, just a nice run of fish.
All in all not a bad day. It sure could have been better, and I could have fished better. I was fortunate enough to see an alligator blast a duck, second one in two weeks. There are so many ducks on the lake, and the gators are loving it.
A last couple things. I did shoot some video today. Actually the first time, and I managed to catch some fish. So know I have to learn how to U Tube so I can download them and provide a link so you can see them. I will be shooting every time I go fishing now, great new toy.
Tomorrow it is Fayette County with my brother. So wish me luck. And again as I have said many times, thanks for reading my stuff. I am looking forward to a great year and hope you come along for the ride.
Good Luck and Tight Lines!