But this weekend, the sun finally came out, the wind died a little bit, and the air temp warmed up some. The fish were as ready to play as I was!
Saturday around noon, I got to flyfish for a couple hours. I paid my 3rd visit to the local pond where I had discovered the Pumpkinseeds. I spent most of my time in the shallow channel area between two pond basins. I used a gold microjig under an indicator, and caught some Crappies, Bluegills, Hybrid Sunfish, and 4 more Pumpkinseeds. The last two trips were made in the evening under cloudy conditions, and I felt the pictures didn't do justice to the coloration on these beautiful Pumpkinseeds. So I took advantage of the sunlight and snapped plenty of pictures:
Saturday evening I also got out again, this time to another local pond. There was a lot of dead time between fish as I worked my way around the pond until it got too dark to see. I ended up catching 8 Crappies and 11 Bluegills, using a chartreuse microjig under an indicator.
Sunday evening I got out once more, and visited a 3rd local pond. The wind was blowing strong, the pond was REALLY muddy, and there was a rainstorm approaching. I started flyfishing where water was flowing into the pond, and the water was a little bit clearer than the rest of the pond. I set the chartreuse microjig just 12" under the indicator, because I knew the water wasn't deep here, and I proceeded to catch a decent number of really nice, hard-fighting Bluegills up to 8.5", and a couple of Hybrid Sunfish up to 9" long. Each fish was really stout, and each fought extremely well. I was pretty excited about those bluegills! I'd left my camera at home, otherwise I would have taken some pics for sure. The spot died, so I also hit a few other spots around the pond, and caught a few more scatter Bluegills and 1 decent 13" Largemouth Bass. Before I left, I went back to that first spot and caught some more really nice Bluegills again.