Monday, October 31, 2022

October 29, 2022

 Went after sunfish.  Some areas were very slow, but found decent numbers of active fish in a few areas.  I caught Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Redear Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, and Green Sunfish.

Also caught this big Crayfish.  I was trying to put the fly in front of it to get it to grab it, but the fly caught on the bottom, and when I freed it from the bottom, the crayfish had walked past the fly, but the fly ended up catching the crayfish in the tail.

And I saw this Woolly Bear caterpillar:

Monday, October 24, 2022

October 23, 2022

 I needed one more goldfish on the fly rod to get to a lifetime of 200.  I ended up catching 15, which also put me at 103 for the year.  Imagine that!  Over 100 Goldfish in a single calendar year, caught from 3 different bodies of water, no live bait or prepared baits (artificials only...most of which I tied up myself).  Pretty cool.

I also caught 13 Koi, which put me at 131 on fly for the year, and I'm already beyond 200 lifetime Koi on fly.  Many of these I recognize as recaptures.

Monday, October 17, 2022

October 16, 2022

 Got out for some (mostly) more "typical" warmwater fish.  I caught Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Black Crappie, and some BIG Golden Shiners.

Monday, October 10, 2022

October 9, 2022

 Sitting at 44 Bowfin on fly for the year, I thought 50 was a good number to shoot for.  I just needed 6 more, after the past 2 trips yielded 8 and 15 bowfin landed.  Well... Perhaps I burned the spots out from all the fish the past few weeks.  I didn't get it done.  I only landed two, for a year-total of 46.  I had enough strikes and hook-ups to get to 50, but lost too many.  So...disappointed for not reaching that landmark of 50.  But in reality, it has been a GREAT year for Bowfin.  I went from ZERO, 46!  And 45 of those were in the span of 6 weeks / 8 trips.  Incredible!  Very happy with this!  I learned a lot...and still more to learn.

I also caught Largemouth Bass, a Bluegill.... 2 Common Carp:
A Black Crappie
A fish that is likely either a Prussian Carp, or a feral Goldfish:
Green Sunfish (this was the smallest one):
And 2 Shellfish were caught.. (Giant Floater mussels) just the shells, and one live one.
Watersnake swimming by...
Leopard Frog:
I also heard and saw a big Pileated Woodpecker.  And saw a Bald Eagle and White Herons (?).

Monday, October 3, 2022

October 2, 2022

 After my previous trip for Bowfin, I was one short of 30 lifetime bowfin, so I went back hoping for at least one more.  Also, last trip I caught 8, but lost 19! 

This trip was better.  I caught 15 Bowfin, and lost @ 3.  Much better landing rate, although I can't say I did anything different, so the difference is something of a mystery.  

I also caught some small Warmouth, Largemouth Bass, and Green Sunfish, and had a few gar shake loose before I could land them.  And I saw a big Raccoon, my first (live) one since moving to MO.