The previous week had provided some pretty good fishing, though.
I spent a weekday fishing with my friend Dave, searching for the elusive spawning White Bass. We both caught fish, but the "target species" was practically a no-show. I did catch 2, including this chunky female that measured @ 15.5"
I followed that up by flyfishing a local pond. It was pretty exciting. It was the same pond where I caught the big bass while flyfishing, that hit and ate a bluegill I was reeling in. Well...different day, same situation. A bass followed a bluegill I'd caught into the shallows as I was bringing it in, and grabbed it! I did the same technique I used last time this happened. Only, this time it didn't work. I ended up reeling in nothing at all...except for my microjig, that is. The bass kept the bluegill, and didn't have to suffer through a brief photo session with me. And THEN, 10 minutes later, an even BIGGER bass grabbed my microjig! After a decent battle that mostly involve me holding on while it peeled line, it went airborn and threw my microjig. It was a BIG BASS! So, I was on the losing end of both big bass encounters, but I was smiling and enjoying every minute of it all the same.
And I caught plenty of fish, including this really nice Pumpkinseed Sunfish:
Also on Thursday, a buddy called. He flyfishes. It was his birthday, and he wanted to catch a new species....a Pumpkinseed Sunfish. He asked for advice on where to go. I told him. I checked in with him later in the day, and he managed to catch a couple of these beautiful fish! How awesome is that???
Saturday rolled around and it was intermittenly drizzling...a gray and dismal-looking day. My friend Dale G texted, wondering if I was out flyfishing somewhere. I said no...but that I could meet up with him. We visited the big bass pond. As I pulled up, my buddy Jay was just walking towards the pond, and was calling me! So, the 3 of us flyfished the pond and had a great time. I fished exclusively for bass, and also caught a crappie. I had 2 big bass on that both broke my 8lb tippet, using fire-tiger colored craft fur baitfish streamers. I replaced the 8lb tippet with 10 lb, and landed more bass up to @ 16.5".
The crappies were wearing the ultra-dark spawning colors.
On Sunday, Jay called me to flyfish again, at the same pond. And once again I started out flyfishing for bass. I caught bass on a 4" baitfish pattern with a bunny-strip tail, and even more on a blockhead popper. Those topwater bass are exciting!
I switched to a gold Springbrook Wunder microjig for awhile, and caught bluegills, crappies, hybrid sunfish, a Pumpkinseed Sunfish, and even a bass or two.
Really fun flyfishing!