Friday, April 5, 2013
Bluegill, oh bluegill, where for art thou bluegill? Warm water fly fishing.
Where did all the panfish go?!? From Friday, March 29th through April 3rd, we've had rain on a daily basis. And - not to mention cold snaps! Again! The stream I went to today was running a lot faster and was a lot colder than my trip out last Friday. I did not land one panfish. I couldn't even make a fish hit a top water pattern. I'm wondering if folks cleaned out my bluegill hole on Easter Sunday because it sure seems that way. At least from looking at the trash on the bank it does. I picked up some trash and a plastic rod combo cover with rod instructions and a "How-to-fish" booklet to throw in the recycle bin. (I caught the girl above on a Panfish Charley - it's for panfish you silly bass!).
This is why fishing holes get shut down!! It angers me because I've had a few get shut down to do hooligans and behavior related to drugs alcohol and graffiti. On one occasion, I was the first one to leave to lot and hit the stream. I came back a few hours later with a lot of folks bank fishing and diapers scattered willy-nilly! Or, is it hither-thither??
Check out my red eye bass! It's been a while since one of these nasty dudes hit the line. I drifted my Seek & Destroy for panfish and all I got was this bass, lol. The bass are moving! It's April and about time! We've had a late winter and I've been ready to stretch my legs for a while now. I drifted weighted nymphs for panfish without success today. The Woolly Bugger wasn't any help either. Soon, my friends, soon! Those panfish will be ready to jump into my creel, mwah ha ha ha.
This guy sure is purdy but what is he? A red eye bass or a smallmouth? If you look at this information, http://calfish.ucdavis.edu/species/?uid=75&ds=241, it could be a red eye but it looks like a smallmouth bass to me. The jaw line doesn't seem to extend far. So, maybe he is a red eye. But who cares right? It's a bass. Maybe it's a hybrid . . .
So, those bluegills heard I was out for them this year, huh. Well, I'll show them next week! Tight lines to all those chasing panfish on #yearofthebluegill.