Sunday, June 28, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Greg, Jamie, and I fished from Brooks Falls to Sandstone falls after work right before a big thunderstorm today. The first part of the float was real productive but the lower part which is mostly flat water was difficult due to high winds from the storm passing around us. I landed 13, Greg 12 and Jamie had 6. The fish all come out of moving water. The hot days and nights has placed and increase premium on dissolved oxygen in the water. All my fish also came off a g tail. The shoals above the first big island below Brooks falls are outstanding. This area has great winter and fall potential. It is a short float that if you have no wind can easily be done in a 3 hour time span.
|Sandstone Falls warning sign|
Sunday, June 14, 2015
The format that MSKA uses is you best 3 fish, measured in length, on one body of water, between 7am and 3pm. The water on the Greenbrier river today was very low and gin clear. USGS was only running in 7 to 8% of mean. Joe and I chose to fish the Pence Springs to Talcott section. There were 82 angler fishing in this event from above Caldwell all the way to Hinton on various floats. I started off slow, but we were catching a lot of small fish. It honestly felt like we were catching the same 10 inch fish over and over. On the day Joe and I landed 52 total fish pretty much all of which met the 8 inch minimum requirement, however we were struggling to upgrade or cull our best 3. Finally below the "narrows falls" I got a 13 inch to go with a couple 12 inch fish I already had. Then in Lowell's magic bank fishing honey hole I landed a 17.5 inch that when I caught had 3 other 15 plus inch fish with it. I fished a fluke all day. Joe stayed deeper with tubes fort he most part Gitzit tournament tubes. My bigger fish came off of YUM Houdini Shad which have a bigger wider profile. I fished the 5 inch soft plastic jerk on 4/0 or 5/0 all day trying to draw the bigger bite. I ended up with finishing 5th out of 82 anglers. I won $100 and a trophy. It was sort of a tough day out in the heat and trying not to spook fish in low clear water. But we had fun and will most likely fish another MSKA event. They are run by good folks and have a nice format and layout for their tour. Really appreciate all the work they do behind the scenes to set it up and make it happen in order so everybody can show up and fish.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Brad and I floated from the two bridges down to the first take out from down Southside between 5:30am and 8:30am. I started off catching a quick flurry of bass on a crawfish colored g tail then settled into a steady bite a lemon shad Zoom Super Fluke in pocket water in and around eddies. I ended up with 15 bass all descent sized on this overcast morning and Brad landed 13 all on g tails. This morning of dark overcast with fish chasing was a completed contrast to yesterday.
Brad, Joe and I floated from Narrows, VA to Glenn Lynn, VA from 7am to 11am. The water was clear and the sky was blue and deep. Going into today I had in my mind that I could catch fish good on a fluke as I had the week before, but that was not happening for me today. I threw and threw the fluke but very few chased. Joe started off throwing a tube in deeper water and he got on the fish right away. After an hour and a half when I still had a dog color zero fish and Joe had ten I wised up and put on a tube. I immediately caught three bass on five casts. Brad fish a g tail the entire trip and he ended up with 11 bass the musky seen in the pic. Joe landed 19 all on tubes and most in the middle of the river. I ended up with 10 after changing my plan half with through this 5 mile float along the New. It was a bright hot day with no clouds and what felt like beach weather and the bass just did not want to chase today.
Monday, June 1, 2015
|This fellow was not a fan of getting measured...decided to make this an airborne activity.|
Greg, Joe and I floated from Narrow, VA to Glenn Lynn with 3 other member of the SWVKA between 7am and noon. The water was down a little and clear. I had never floated this section of the New before, but I really liked how it sets up and will definitely be back soon. There is tons of deep structure and cover. Joe landed 26, Greg 21, and I had 19. As a group we landed well over 100 smallmouth. The biggest was only 15 inches. Most fish were between 10 and 13inches. Jigs, tubes and flukes accounted for most all bass caught. I caught all but one of my fish on a Zoom super fluke worked over deep cover and they seemed to hit it most often when you killed it near ledges, drops offs, pocket water or isolated rock bars.