As I've written numerous times, I keep an electronic Fishing Log each year. Each year I have a personal goal of catching 1,000 fish. Since I started flyfishing, that goal has gotten much easier to reach. In fact I've not yet FAILED to reach it since starting to flyfish.
This past Sunday (May 19, 2013), I beat the 1,000 fish mark for the year. I checked my previous fishing logs to see if this was the fastest I've reached 1,000 fish. Nope. That honor goes to last year, when I reached 1,000 fish on May 9, 2012...10 days earlier.
Well, comparing years is interesting to me. You see, in 2012 we had a very early and very warm Spring. I ice-fished into late February, and then within 6 days of my last ice-fishing trip, I was flyfishing open water on February 25. In February and March combined, I fished 52 times!
2013 has been very different from that. A very cool Spring with bad ice that stayed on the lakes much longer than last year. We had a good snowfall in May! In fact, I only fished a total of 5 times total in February and March, and between my last ice-fishing trip in early February, I didn't fish at all for 51 days. I finally got to flyfish open water on March 27...over a month later than last year! So, only being behind last year's fish-caught numbers by 10 days seems pretty good to me. :)
And so far this year I've caught 13 different fish species (12 on fly gear), including 2 new species on fly gear (for me)...Pumpkinseed Sunfish and Bigmouth Buffalo.
So, all in all, its been a pretty decent year for fishing so far.
What's a blog post without pictures??
In the past week, we had 2 consecutive evenings with Tornado WARNINGS in our town. So, in honor of those...here's a picture I took on each of those days while fishing:
But....this IS a (mainly) Fishing Blog, so here's a couple fish from late last week...a big 9" Green Sunfish, and a 12" Black Crappie sporting spawning colors: