Sunday, July 5, 2020

First Week of July, 2020

As I compose this blog entry, I've got about 1 more week before I move from central Iowa to the St Louis, MO area.
Still just flyfishing a couple very local public ponds, and enjoying the variety of species that can be found.

More Goldfish (common and comets):

The above and below fish were each between 12 1/8" and 12 1/4".  Jumbos!



And some more natural-colored bronzish ones:


So excited to catch a 2nd Grass Carp here.  This one hit a chartreuse microjig about 8" beneath a strike indicator.  I had chummed first with cat food, but couldn't see the fish before it hit...so still pretty much luck!

This is my new SMALLEST Grass Carp... 27" and @ 9 lbs.


2nd biggest Channel Catfish of the year so far, 19":


Black Bullheads:


This Green Sunfish is almost completely black!

Hybrid Sunfish:




Caught a few decent bass, nothing much over 16", though.  In fact, this one had apparently been caught before, mishandled, and now sports a gill outside its cheek.





Monday, June 29, 2020

Late June, 2020

Continuing to catch unusual and (sometimes) colorful fish species from the local public ponds while flyfishing:
Goldfish!




A Pumpkinseed Sunfish:

Hybrid Sunfish:


Green Sunfish and Hybrid Sunfish:

White Crappie:

Largemouth Bass

Channel Catfish:


Black Bullhead:







Friday, June 19, 2020

6 Species 45-Minute Lunch Flyfishing

Lunch hour today.  Overcast.  6 species.
12.25" Goldfish:

12" Crappie:

Black Bullhead:

Channel Catfish:
Plus Green Sunfish and Hybrid Sunfish.  Great little 45-minute outing!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mid June 2020

Completely different waters yield completely different flyfishing rewards.
I'm catching some common fish species that aren't commonly caught on flyfishing gear, and that has been pretty interesting.  The local public water even produced 8 different species last night!
I caught Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, White Crappie, Black Bullhead, Channel Catfish, and Goldfish!

Here's some of the fish I've caught since my last blog entry.
This Comet Goldfish...at 13.5", its my 3rd new Personal Best Goldfish this year.


The one below could just be a Common Goldfish in natural coloration, or it could be a Crucian Carp or Prussian Carp.  I haven't been able to figure it out.  Maybe somebody with more experience with these things will provide some guidance.


Channel Cats:




Black Bullheads:



I took a picture of this small Green Sunfish just because it was almost completely black:

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Fly Rod Grass Carp No. 6


I love catching these things, but I've struggled with it.  Its difficult, they are ultra-wary.  Anything that can go wrong HAS gone wrong...tangled lines, hooks pulled out, broken lines, straightened hooks, etc.
Its been 5 years since I caught my last fly rod Grass Carp!  I'm very grateful for finally catching another one.
I was flyfishing a new-to-me public pond, catching mostly tiny fish....small bass, bluegills, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish....when I saw a big splash near the opposite side of the pond as a bird flew over the water.  I thought maybe it could be a big bass, so I increased my pace and fished my way around the pond to that area.
It looked like someone had thrown peanuts or something on the water.  Over the next 20 minutes they seemed to absorb water, so I'm assuming it was pelleted fish food, or maybe pet food (dog or cat?).  I'm not sure if this was a random thing, or if someone periodically feeds fish/ducks or whatever?
Anyway, I soon saw what I thought might be a decent catfish to my right, but was probably a grass carp, swimming along under this food.  I tossed out the microjig & indicator I had been using.  The fish swam right over to the indicator and ate it.  I didn't react, and in a few seconds it spit it back out.  I then saw a grass carp to my left, and cast over by it.  It also ignored the food and ate my indicator...again spitting it within a few seconds.
Ok....so I removed the microjig and indicator and put on a floating yellow foam bug.  I tossed that around for awhile, while watching grass carp occasionally rising up to eat the food pellets.  3 or more Grass Carp appeared near where I had cast my fly...I was watching the fly (or so I thought), when my line quickly went tight and started taking off!   The "fly" I had been watching hadn't moved....it wasn't my fly.  This aggressive grass carp saved me from my own mistake and hooked itself!  As quickly as I could manage, I brought the fish close to the surface to make sure it was hooked in the mouth....it was!

After numerous splashes, bulldogging, headshaking, and back-and-forths, I landed it.  HOORAY!!
28" long, calculated weight of 10.5 lbs. Its the smallest one I've caught, but certainly still a fun and substantial fish.  I'm very happy to have finally caught another of these interesting fish!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Toads

A lunchtime "toad" of a catfish:

And once I got back to work, another "toad":