Friday, May 12, 2017
I got out to the lake about 3:30 on Sunday afternoon and found Monty had forgotten to leave me a note telling me which room I was in. I was able to get into room 2, it was clean, and moved my stuff in there. When I came out Dale was sitting in the parking lot. He said there were 3 tournaments happening down at the Minnow Bucket and it was a zoo with no parking. He decided we would use the ramp at Hook Line and Sinker. I asked him to call Monty to tell him which room I was in and he said Monty had said I would be in room 2. I guessed right!
We put in at the ramp and headed out for 4 hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The 3 tournys had shied the fish so we only caught 4. We headed in about 8 pm around sunset. It was a slow start, but it sure felt good to have a rod in my hand again. We fished mostly split shot rigs with senkos and baby brush hogs working pockets and banks.
Monday we headed out about 20 minutes before sunrise and started out on a main lake point. We had about 20 by 8 am fishing Carolina rigs with flukes and baby brush hogs. I tell you the fish know when it is not the weekend anymore. After the morning bite ended, we moved around fishing banks and pockets throwing a combo of split shot rigs and Carolina rigs. We did find one group of trees that produced 6 fish, but mostly it was ones and twos around different spots. We ended up with a total of 39 for the day, which is a pretty good bunch of bass. Nothing over about 3 pounds.
Tuesday we headed out around the same time and again had good results on a main lake point using the same techniques. I think we had 18 by about 8 am. After that we spent a lot of the day back in Little Caney throwing split shots and wacky worms. We did try one deep water spot with Carolina rigs but the fish either were not there or not interested. We ground out another 15 fish over the rest of the day, with the best bite coming exactly at 8 pm on my last cast. We were back in a pocket pitching wacky worms and I had pitched out to one side of a tree with no bite. I decided to try the other side of the tree and was rewarded with a nice fight with a 6 pound bass. The fish had a huge gut and looked like she hadn't spawned yet.
As usual we saw lots of wildlife along the banks.
While sitting out the storm on Wednesday we heard that Tony, who runs the Minnow Bucket in the mornings, had suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Sunday evening we decided to go for a big fish and spent the evening pitching jigs at stumps. I caught a couple of small ones and jumped off a few more. No big bites. Monday we left out at sunrise and stayed out til sunset. We pretty much threw the tackle box at them and boated 28 small bass and a few bar fish. We tried Carolina rigs, shakey heads, split shot flukes, tail kickers, jiggin spoons, and a few other techniques but never caught a fish over 3 pounds. We had some fun though. I think Pippin caught the most this trip. I did hook what I thought was a very nice fish. It wrapped me up so it felt even bigger than the 7 pounds or so it weighed. Unfortunately, it was a drum. Darn. Got me excited for a minute there.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Thursday, November 5, 2015
I went out at 6:30 am with Dale on Wednesday and we hit a number of spots with jigging spoons, crank baits, and Carolina rigs. We finally found one point where they were stacked up and biting almost every cast, but they were all dinks. Still fun to catch though. We had hopes maybe a good 'un would show up in the mix but it never happened. Dale somehow arranged to have an awesome bald eagle do some fishing about 100 yards from his boat. That was quite a sight. We went in a little early so I could miss the traffic back in Dallas.
My camera battery was mysteriously dead this trip so thanks to Rhandy for the snap above.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Mighty Bite lure! I decided to heck with it and kept throwing the chomped on fluke and caught 2 fish with it. The fluke inspector would not have approved, but the fish did!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
After a short siesta I met up with Rhandy at 4 pm and we hightailed it to a spot that was occupied the previous day. We found a bunch of small bass on a shelf edge and I found a bunch of hang ups which let Rhandy show how good he was at re-tying carolina rigs. Thanks Rhandy! Eventually we wore them all out and we went off to another favorite spot where we continued to find small bass and those stinking sandies. Right before we quit I hooked a big fish on a crank bait but he twisted off while I tried to hang on. We never saw the fish but it left a big swirl. Rhandy is convinced it was a big bass. I prefer to think it was a big drum or carp. Next time we will find out!