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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sigh, finally some decent weather...

Friday, March 16, 2018

It was bound to happen...

I love half price books. You never know what you will find. Last fall I got this book there, The Practical Guide to Successful FISHING. It's all about European style fishing. Those guys don't fish the way we do. It's all about bait fishing over there. There are chapters on making the perfect ground bait, and getting the perfect maggots to slingshot and boilie recipes. And they have huge pike, much bigger than our North American pike and there is a chapter on dying dead baits bright colors and fishing them for pike which is why I bought the book in the first place. You see I know this little stream and it has muskie in it and...well that's another story. And there is lots and lots on advanced float fishing. It's a weird read, I love it.
Then at the Columbus Fishing Expo, Dan Gapen and Bobber Anne were there selling the world's greatest floaters. Balsa painted with epoxy and fiberglass stems you could bend double without breaking but oh so delicate. So I bought some...
Then I kept running into carp feeding at warm water discharges as I fished them for other fish this winter. So here I ended up. A cup of cracked corn and mixed seed stolen from the backyard birdfeeders thrown out in the eddy of to one side of the pipe for chum. One of Gapen's slip lock floats weighted just right with shot so that if a carp just breathed on it the float would either slip underwater or rise up. The bait itself was a crust off the end of a loaf of bread from the bakery. (Believe it or not the book has like eight or nine photos on how to hook your bread just right.)
Ten minutes later a few bubbles, then a few minutes later a swirl. Then my float winked out of sight. Don't tell Jeff but his custom built rod makes a swell lightweight carp rod. Light enough to throw a float rig but big enough to whip a carp, well just big enough.
Anyways to make a long story short I caught three on a very cold day and had a blast doing it.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

froze off the water...

Things started out ok. It was somewhere in the low 40's and the sun was peeking out. Down over the bank out of the breeze it was almost comfortable. An hour later the wind had come up, temperature had dropped like a rock, the sky clouded over, little ice balls were hitting me and I was walking hard and fast back to the truck. But in between I'd managed to catch a nice smallmouth so I was happy. On the clear with gold flake grub (24K) on a 45 degree gravel bank that had been catching the sun right on the edge of a deep wintering hole. It's gotta be spring one of these days don't it????

Friday, March 9, 2018

It's been awhile...

Just like the Staind song, It's been awhile. The river is still up just a little bit and a tiny bit off color but not bad on either front. I didn't take a water temp. After all it's been really cold and I'm sure the river has lost several degrees in the last week. But I'm going fishing anyways so no reason to demotivate myself and take it's temperature. I still had a chartreuse metalflake grub tied on from a skunking in a high muddy river a few days ago and it proved too irresistible to a dandy smallmouth on a 45 degree gravel bank that was catching the sun right on the edge of a wintering hole.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ancient civilization

Found this relic of an ancient civilization along the river today. These early inhabitants were characterized by their strong family bonds, a strong work and religious ethic and can do attitude. Experts theorize that modern technology and the invention of things like live streaming, social media, and smart phones along with the breakup of family groups have rendered them virtually extinct in spite of their being well armed and capable of getting by on very little....

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

First wildflowers