Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
- through 6 days of fishing Joe and I boated 176 total fish of with ~ 144 were bass the largest being 3.6 pounds. We fished ~ 64 hours each for a weekly total of 128 total man hours fished this week. This gave us an average of 1.41 fish per hour and 1.125 bass per hour. We faced lower than usual water levels at 302 with the normal being 304 or 305. We found good bites on post front bluebird conditions in deeper main lake riprap. The launch pass was great and staying in a house vs. a hotel was much better, cheaper, and funner. All in all I already cannot wait to go back next year.
We tried Grassy again but with high skies, bright sun, and dropping water our Senko bite had died completely. We stayed on Grassy catching some gills and another pickerel early before heading out to try the deeper water of the main lake. At 11am Joe drove the truck to the house and I met him there with the boat at the dock. We had much better success on the main lake. We even caught some good fish on Senkos in the marina cove. We ended up with 21 bass and 26 bluegills. The main lake bite does give you a hedge agains adverse conditions in the shallow water creek arms. We saw a lot people fishing points the last few days especially today but we didn't figure out what they were doing until getting home. They were throwing rattle traps on the creeks secondary points. In our time in Rudds we tried this with shakey heads, carolina rigs, and even jigs. But the key was search bait rattle traps and crankbaits.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The day before I head to Buggs Island for a week of bass fishing I hit the Greenbrier below the house for half hour. I caught 8 fish on a brown in line elite spinner. The fish I caught were in very shallow moving water. Some were extremely shallow, a good sign that spring fishing is really starting to take off. I caught 2 fall fish, 3 redeyes, and 3 smallies. All the fish were small, another sign that spring frenzy fishing is about to take off.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Dad and I fished the lake from 10am till 1:30. I caught 2 largemoth on a Zoom mag shakey worm. But other than that nothin. We were up against the dreaded bluebird skies and bright sun. I fished below the house that evening right at dark and caught 2 smallmouth on a white G-tail at the bottom end of the shoals.
Fished below the house for about an hour and a half. Caught 2 little smallmouth on an in-line spinner up really shallow, which is a first for this year. I caught another smallie in the 10 inch range on a Cabin Creek Spider jig.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
-This fish was my biggest of this day at 3.9lbs. on the digital scales.
Stats: Fished from 7am to 3pm. Air temps ranged from 32 to 68 degrees. Water was still very cold ~ high 50's. Fish wouldn't chase at all. We caught all fish on a jig-n-pig. Water was 3 feet or so above normal and stained with visibility less than 2 feet. Bluebird skies with bright sun all day. All fish were caught in complete slack water in depths of >3 feet. I had 4 hits caught 3 and Brad had 2 hits and caught 1. The fishing is still slow but the catches are well worth the time. It kinda feels like big game hunting right now.
Went below the house and fished the Greenbier River for an hour or so today. I tried to get them chasing a spinnerbait, but they weren't having it. I switche to a black and blue jig-n-pig. I worked my way up and down the bank. Then I started flipping a downed tree. I got a hit and missed it, threw back in, missed again. On the third try I got him. An average sized redeye. I released him and within seconds the same redeye ran out from the log and ate the jig again.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
-6:30 arrived at pit only to get my feet covered in mudd from last nights rain. In order to keep from screwing up my boat carpet had had to fish barefooted. Luckily it's warm
- 6:45 am launched the boat minus one non showing fishing partner.
-7:00 thought of what Dad always says and got he net out and ready just in case.
- 8:30 missed a bite on shakey head mag worm.
- 9:30 hooked and lost a fish (my only hookup in first 3 hours of fishing the main lake). Despite being frustrated I decided to drive thru the asteroid field of floating debris and wood to Bull falls and give the New river a try since the main lake was so slow on this day.
-10:30 caught 2 keepers(a smallie & a bucket mouth) around big rock structure on a black & blue jig-n-pig in the high stained water of the New River.
-11:15 arrived at the ledge I really had in mind to fish.
-11:30 caught a 4lbs. 8oz. 20 inch. smallmouth on same jig-n-pig. I was only able to get this fish in because I had the net out ahead of time like Dad is always fussing about. Turns out preparion does pay big dividends.
-12:00 headed back after talking to Brown. Brown would fish from 10am till 5pm and catch a 6 lbs. mudcat on a jig-n-pig.
-12:30 load the boat
-12:45 arrive back at home 3 more fish the richer. Despite a slow bite today the one stud bass made it worth the effort.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Joe & I fished Moomaw on under bluebird skies wtih temps int he 80's. The water temp started at 47 and maxed out at 53 degrees. There were several boats fishing on the lake but they were all moving often, a sure sign that nobody is scoring fish. I had 2 hits and caugth one smallie. Joe had one hit and a miss. It was a terrible slow day. We tried hard to find fish, but we had no success. I think that even though the surface water temp is in the 50's, further down it's still cold making fish sluggish.