Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 - Mountain Run Lake

Went to Mountain Run Lake, caught some bluegills, including this one:

 And caught at least one bass:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015 - Delmarva Pond

Went over to Delmarva pond after work.  Caught a couple of bass, one of which I got a picture of.  I caught one on a 1/4 oz yellow and black spinnerbait, which I promptly hung up in  a tree and lost, and one of a weightless plastic lizard.

 The problem with plastic lizards here is that they get torn to bits by all the sunfish, which can't of course swallow the hook.  This plastic lizard started out fully intact and by the time I left looked like this:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015 - Lake Orange

Went down to Lake Orange around midday.  It was a hot, sunny day, ambient air temperature was 94, surface water temperature in the sun was 86.  Fished at first mostly with a chartreuse spinnerbait, but did no good.  Switched to a 3" yellow double curlytail texas rigged, but did no good, then put it on a 3/8 oz jighead, fished deep, and caught this bass in deep water.  It was fairly fat, and its stomach contents included some crawfish parts.

Otherwise, I caught a few small bluegills on a small inline spinner.  Caught one bluegill with some size to it, which I kept because I kept the bass.  This is an example of the small bluegills, the decent one was maybe 6 or 7 inches.

Got sunburned, maybe next time I'll use sunblock or wear long pants.

Anyway, took out around 5, having taken a break in the middle of the afternoon to stretch my legs, since sitting in a canoe for more than a couple of hours gets sort of uncomfortable.

I  took an icechest stocked with sodas in the canoe, which upsets the normal trim of the boat.  I'd rather have the ice chest in front of me, but the additional weight in front makes the boat bog down and feel clumsy, so I have to keep it behind me, but then it's difficult to retrieve a drink without feeling a little tippy.  The seat in my canoe slides back and forth on rails to allow you to adjust trim and let the seat double as a carry yoke, and I wonder if I drill the gunnels further back and make some extended rails, if that would allow sufficient adjustment to accommodate the ice chest in front without causing the seat to bind against the sides of the boat.  I'm hesitant to do it for fear of screwing it up, but you know what the famous Assyrian haberdasher Pliny the Flatulent said:  "C'est la vie."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015 - Mountain Run Lake

Thank heaven for small fish, that's what I always say.  Just ask anyone within earshot of me and they'll confirm, I always say that.  It's hard to find anyone within earshot of me though, since I tend to drive people away, that being my only conversational gambit.

The reason for the appreciation for small fish is that without a 6" bass or a 4" bluegill, I would've been skunked on this trip.  And nothing is so demoralizing as getting skunked, I always say.  Damnit, I've contradicted myself, and this is only the second paragraph!

Anyway, I fished with a chartreuse spinnerbait, a red/white/black curly tail, a spinner, a blade bait, a plastic lizard, a 1/12 oz crankbait, and I may be minus one kitchen sink as well.  Nothing worked.  The fish I caught were on the blade bait, a chartreuse and black 1/8 oz job, and those fish I'm fairly certain were just swimming by, not intending to be hauled from the not-so-briney deep to be held aloft and photographed.

Speaking of photographs, you might be wondering, where are they!?  Surely these small fish have been captured in 16 megapixel glory?!  Indeed they were, but I don't have my camera handy, and am feeling too lazy to go get it.  And who would want to see pictures of small fish?  Well, maybe someone interested in fishing Mountain Run Lake in mid June after a miserable heat wave.  But I wouldn't want to discourage them.  Fishing is about discovery and fiddlefucking around trying to find something that the fish will bite, and I wouldn't want to deprive someone of the joy that results from that infernal process.

In any case, I also did something fishing related on June 15, but can't write it up because it might incriminate me.

See you soon!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 14, 2015 - Lake Orange

Went down to Lake Orange, put in at about quarter 'til 6, fished until 9.  Caught a few bass, one on a chartreuse spinnerbait, one on a tube, and one on a spinner maybe.  Fished for a while with a plastic worm with no success.

Also caught this fish, which I believe is a yellow perch.

Fishing was slow, but I didn't get struck by lightning.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June 13, 2015 - Delmarva Pond

Went over to the Delmarva pond.  Was a hot, bright day.

The sunfish were making nests at the head of the pond.

Geese and goslings

Largemouth bass, caught on a weightless, Junebug plastic lizard: