Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Mist - July 16th, 2017

Greg, Brad and I floated from Shanklins to Cedar in the mist today. Early fishing was dynamite. I again caught a big limit early and as typical for Shanklins things got tough after Sun got high. With water this clear high skies makes for difficult fishing. Greg and a great day to day as well catching and 18 and a couple 16" fish. I think had we been in the WVKA 2 man event we would have been really hard to guard today.

Miles floated = 6.5
Fish Caught = 21
Fish Caught as Group = 55
Biggest Fish = 19.0"
Biggest 5 Fish = 70.5"
Minutes per Fish = 14.28

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Virginia Smallies - July 15th, 2017

Jared, Greg, and I headed south of the WV border to float a section of the new at daybreak. The first 2 hours were awesome. I had > 70inches in the first 45 minutes. As the day wore on the sun poked out more and the wind picked up slowing the bite. For the third straight day I threw nothing but nose hooked flukes. June was all hula grub month and July has been all fluke month, but you can't argue with how well it is producing. Would not be surprised if August is all plopper month. But today was just another day to be Thankful to the Good Lord for another day on the river.

Miles Floated = 5.5
Fish Caught = 31
Fish Caught as Group = 63
Biggest Fish = 18.75"
My biggest 5 fish = 72.25"
Minutes per fish = 9.19

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hot and Humid July Afternoon - July 13, 2017

On a firecracker hot and humid July afternoon Nathan, Greg and I floated from the dam to the the dog 1 takeout. Despite the heat I found the smallmouth to be quite co-operative. I continued on with my fluke bite. In fact this makes two trips in a row I have thrown only one type of lure for the entire trip. I caught fish off every type of ledge you could find. I worked with Nathan on how to rig it and throw it and as the evening progressed he got better and better at it. Greg threw a jig and plopper most of the evening. I ended up with 39 fish, Greg 15 and Nathan had 10 or so. Nathan landed a 15.75" which was close to his personal best. I struggled to catch anything over 12 inches for the longest time but finally landed a 15 and 13" smallmouth.
Miles floated = 3.5
Fish Caught = 39
Fish Caught as group = 64
My biggest fish = 15.0"
My biggest five fish limit = 64.25"
Biggest fish of group = 16.0" by Greg
Minutes per fish = 5.7

Saturday, July 8, 2017

My Day - July 8th, 2017

So far in fishing various kayak bass tournaments I have finished 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th but never 1st, until today. Today was the Greenbrier River Shootout. We had 34 anglers compete in this event. I used the fluke pattern over deeper ledges that I had found yesterday and it did not disaappoint. I start catching fish as fast as I could reel them in. Nose hooking flukes gave me a much higher hookup percentage than texas rigging them like I had previously done. I had one nice bass in 17" range bite the fluke off without getting the hook, had another nice bass spook by seeing me before he hit my fluke. I also had a one of the biggest smallmouths I have seen in year follow the fluke back to the kayak and look at me then dissapear. Even with all that I managed to do enough. I landed 65.5" in my best five fish. The next closest angler was 59.5". I honestly did not think I had done enough to win it but it was just my day. As an added extra special bonus my cousin Jack who was fishing his first every kayak tournament won the top junior angler award with 23.5".  We were joined by some anglers from WVKA and SWVKA today which was nice. I enjoyed getting to talk to those guys and gals from differnt parts of the state. Other anglers love to come to Summers County I thnk in large part becaue because we have the best venue in the state. It was a one of those days where you have the hot hand the fish want exactly what your throwing. Those kinds of days are always special. Considering I have lived on the banks of the Greenbrier for 30 of my 38 years it feels good to get a tournament win on that same river.
Miles Floated = 6.5
Fish Caught = 52
Minutes per Fish = 6.3
Total fish caught by all 32 anglers = 476
Biggest fish in tournament = 18.0" by Greg Davis my co worker at the VA in his first every yak tournament.
My Best Fish of the day  = 15.25"
My Best Five Fish = 65.5"

A Pattern Emerges -July 7th, 2017

My cousin Jack, Greg and I floated from the dam to the first takeout on this overcast Friday morning. The bite was real slow at first. We were picking up a fish here or there on a plopper but very sparse. The fish seemed to be spread out all over the entire river. At the first bridge we swtched over to the Greenbrier side. From there down I started throwing nose hooked flukes out in the middle of the deeper water twitching them over top of ledges.  FIshing really pickup up after that. Every ledge set you came to and every deeper hole had willing small mouth bass in them. Honestly they did not seem to want much of anything else. I had found the pattern that I would use for tomorrows SCKBA tournament.
Miles floated = 3.5
Total fish caught = 19
Minutes per fish = 11.0
Total fish caught as a group = 41
Biggest fish = 12.75"
Best five fish = 56.75"

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Junk Fishing on the 4th- July 4th, 2017

Um...when exactly does goose season start?

Brad, Greg and I floated from the dam to first takeout starting at day break on this 4th of July. The cloud cover and threatening rain kept some of the populous away. It was junk fishing at best, junk fishing being using 3 or more techniques to catch bass but none of them producing well enough to be a defined pattern. I caught fish on a plopper, fish a grubs, fish on a jig, fish on a name it. Finally toward the end of the day the fluke stood out the best. I fished my flukes nose hooked on a #1 hook as opposed to the usual tex rigged way. Greg was the big winner today  catching a 19" smallmouth on topwater.
Miles Floated = 3.5
Fish Caught = 19
Fish caught as a Group = 48
Biggest fish = 13.75"
Biggest five fish = 62.5
Minutes per fish = 12.6

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Summer's Afternoon - June 26th, 2017

2017 Jackson Coosa HD in lowland Camo. This one is  is a demo that is on loan to me from Elevation while my new hull is being built on a warranty replacement.

The month of June starts off by showing the best action Spring has to offer and by it's end it previews a more realistic scene of summertime fishing that lies ahead. Today after work Greg, Brad, and I floated a short stretch on the Greenbrier. The water was low, gin clear, and somewhat crowded for a mid week. The lead up the 4th of July is always a busy time on the water. By now the fish are  much more pressured than early spring. The fish also have no shortage of food at this point. Crawfish, minnows, bugs and other food are everywhere for smallmouth right now. Greg found a honey hole right off with some small fish but today's bite was ulta finesse and spotty at best. Brad ended up having to leave about an hour into the trip. Greg and I fished from 4:30 to 8:00pm. Greg and I managed 36 fish between the two of us with nothing coming bigger than 12". I did see a big musky in a downed tree, but the problem was he also saw me at roughly the same time.
Miles floated = 3.5
Fish caught as a group = 36
Fish I caught total = 8
Biggest fish = 12.25"
Biggest five fish =  45.25"
Minutes per fish = 26.25

*Today was the last time on the water for me in the month of June. This June has been a good month for numbers for me this year. I  landed 197 fish in 10 trips out on the water, averaging 19.7 fish per outing. Average minutes per fish for this month came in at 13.8 minutes per fish. I spent 45.3 hours on the water in the month of June this year. However I have been deficient on finding and catching bigger fish. My big fish for the month is 16". I need to work on changing or tweaking some of my technique to find some bigger fish in the coming months. Big fish win tournaments, make long lasting memories, and great photographs.