Friday, April 24, 2015
Week of April 19, 2015
I made it out early Sunday afternoon and spent 4 hours on the water with Rhandy. He has a new boat (again) and with the black and white trim he calls it his tuxedo boat. After we both got skunked on Sunday I decided it was more of a penguin. I think we only had one bite.
Monday went a little better, despite a brisk north wind that made me glad I had brought my coat. We fished Carolina rigs and wacky worms and ended up with 8 fish for the day. I think I had 3 of them.
Tuesday started off chilly again but the wind had turned around to the south. We caught a couple of small fish early but I finally hooked a good 'un mid morning on a Carolina rig. 7 pounds and 7 ounces and a good fight to the boat.
Wednesday I met up with Dale at 6:30 am and we were off to the 515 east ramp to throw wacky worms and flukes all day long. He had been having some good success back in Glade and was hoping for more of the same. I hooked one after about an hour and as I was fighting it back to the boat he set his rod down to see if I needed a net. I didn't, but when he picked up his rod he found a fish swimming off with his fluke. Our first fish of the day was a double. Unfortunately, that was about all she wrote back there and we headed off to greener pastures mid morning. Later in the day we found a small deep pocket with lots of flooded grass and cypress. We threw weightless flukes at them and got several to bite. Nothing big, but it was fun wrestling them out of the grass. I think we ended up with 8 or 9 fish for the day.
As we loaded out at the ramp, I saw a sight that made me laugh.
Eventually the other boat moved off our spot and we headed out to see if anyone was home. They weren't. We ended up the evening at one of Rhandy's Carolina rig spots that we had hit Monday and Tuesday with no success. He hooked a giant fish which broke him off. Rhandy saw it wallow and said it was well over 10 pounds. I never saw the fish but I did see a big flash when it broke him off. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth followed. Eventually Captain Ahab gave up the quest and we headed in to drink much beer.
I had half a day planned with Dale Thursday morning but heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled in at 4 am and I suspected I would get that knock on the door. Sure enough Dale stopped by to say the storms would not be done til noon or so. The bad news was I didn't get to fish that half day. The good news is I got a few extra Zs before heading back to town.
As usual we saw some bald eagles and weird clouds.