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."

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