Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Brad and I fished the new river on a warm sunny afternoon from 3 to 6pm. We failed to catch a fish. The water level was falling and the sun was way bright. Both Brad and I missed a fish each. We pitched, flipped, and fished spider and tube jigs all afternoon. We ran into Pat Brandon and he had only caught 3, all small, Pat said they weren't hitting very well. I watched Pat catch one of his 3 on a dark green Yum Vibra King tube. Bass just didn't seem to be in much of a mood to hit this day.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Brown & I fished in the cold rain from 9am till 4pm. We stopped and took a lunch break, but other than that we worked our ways up and down the bank pitching and flippin every crevice we could find in the muddy rising water. The water was rising from the run off rain we got 2 nights before. The air temps never got above the 40's and coupled with some wind it felt much cooler than. Despite the cooling trend we still caught 4 and lost another in the high muddy water. We found some fish on both the New and Greenbrier rivers that were up really shallow and relating to wood and or rock. We tried some tubes but they only seemed to want spider jigs with a trailer. I used an orange Strike King Bitsy flippin jig with a black Yamamoto baby craw trailer to catch all 3 of my fish. Jason used his signature black and blue spider jig with a Berkley chigger craw trailer. We found some new water to explore more and found some success along the way. Two of the four fish we weighed went 2.1lbs and 2.9lbs. The other 2 were about a pound each.
Todd Mounts and I went on a couple hour + hikes and did a little bit of trout fishing in between. The water was in the 45% the night before on the USGS gauges. We apparently got an inch plus of rain between 12am and 8am. The water by the time we got there was up in the 80+ percentile. It was heavy mud and rising fast. We couldn't even cross the river to get to the majority of fishing holes. After an hour and a half of trying with no hits we called it quits and hiked out. It was my screw up I should have checked the USGS before hand or looked closer at the lower river before we left out. If I had knew the weather was going to be nice we would have given Moomaw a try, but they called for rain, wind, and dropping temps. Live and learn.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
After I got home I tried slowly working a tube bait below the house for an hour or so. I lost 3 tubes, 2 on hang ups and one in a tree but had zero bites. I am not the best tube fisher however I am determined to get better at during the late winter/early spring months.