Thursday, June 23, 2011

Just Good Ole Smallmouth Fishing!

Well one of my good buddy’s said,” hey can you fish all day on Sunday?” I replied to him well yes! He said travel an hour toward West Virginia and I will pick you up and we will canoe a new stream for smallmouth! Sounds like a great idea it’s not supposed to rain until late afternoon. I knew where we were going and I have always wanted to fish that creek! I won’t name it due to the internet is like a bad dream from time to time! We started out on one of the braches before we got to the main stem of the creek. She was a beauty all large cobbles and slate here and there! There were more places for fish to hide than I have ever seen on a Southern Ohio creek. I was pleased to say the least. Fish where busting bait all day long, but the odd thing was the fish where not holding in summer areas! They seem to be in what I call limbo! Spawning sessions where done but the last few weeks have been really chilly at night! Since this creek has a huge watershed that could hold its temps this seem to make sense! This is the first creek I have ever been in where I saw probably 100 Sheephead in a 7.3 mile stretch of water. The river was littered with cobles, rocks, and pools from 1' deep to 8' deep. We took our single handers and mainly fished small poppers! The bait was thick in this creek. The flows were at 200 cf/s and she was on the low side! I did have one hookup on a Spotted bass that I landed. I had a few ferocious strikes by some older resident smallmouth Bass that made me miss them! My friend made fun of me because I missed ever hookset on those lil bronze tigers. I barely saw any trash along her creek banks that Sunday! It was a nice day just to be out! Take care all and be well!






During the Monsoon!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Skipjacks, Hogs, and Sows!

Today I looked at the Ohio River forecast and she would be prime in my book! This would be for me the first time she has been fishable in 4 months! I loaded up some rods and my eggbeater and headed to the river! It would be hot today and I knew I would be off the river at 10 or so! I got to the river’s edge at 0630. I saw some trash in the parking lot and saw one item I will go over later that pertains to SOWS’!  I think all bait shop containers should have a deposit on them so people would give a F more often and not leave them on the river bank! I saw two other anglers this morning and they already there! They were not standing on my favorite rock bar so yea for me. I headed down to the bar and I saw bait busting the surface not a lot of bait but enough to make me start salivating. I strung up the eggbeater first so I could find the fish. I would then follow with a double handed switch rod or my single hander. Well with a 1oz Kastmaster I would hook up about 6 times and never land a one! I put down the eggbeater and recast with my 6wt single hander and a 150 grain sinking line out in about 4-5 feet of water and connect with some feisty fish. I was hooking Skipjack Herring there are our little Ohio River Tarpon! They have the same mouth structure as there saltwater cousins! I saw a few construction workers who are working 7 days a week to meet there construction deadlines on the hydroelectric dam. They told me the earth work alone would be 2 years. I thought well for them at least the local boys will be busy.  Well after hook a pile of fish I headed back to the truck! I return to the SOW comment! There in the parking lay a used female product on the ground! Now who in their right mind leaves it on the ground when there was a 55 gallon barrel trash can nearby! This and so much more makes me want to almost stop fishing so I don’t have to see this kind of stuff! I see the most bizarre shit when I fish! People wonder why we lose fishing access!
Have a nice day,
Tom