Sunday, June 24, 2018

Structure, Cover, and Forage - June 24th, 2018

When you find a place that has structure, cover, and forage you don’t need to do much to find fish. You add in rising water and stable water temps and now you are cooking with fire. Today’s single access spot made it easy to catch 20 fish with a best five of 76” in under 4 hours from daylight until 10am. Fluke, Ned and a plopped did the work. 
Miles Floated = ~1 (Single Access)
Fish Caught = 20
Biggest Fish = 17.5”
Biggest Five Fish = 76.0”
Minutes per fish = 12.3

Sunday, June 17, 2018

WVKA Tygart Lake - June 16th, 2018

The title of this post should be called last hour rally. I caught all five of my keepers in last 1.5 hours and easily moved from middle of the pack in a field of 62 to tied for 3rd, finishing 4th loosing on a tie breaker. I could catch nothing but 7 to 11” fish for most of the morning. Greg, Mike Sisson, Mike Cogar, and I fished from Philippi to middle of nowhere takeout. Sisson caught a 20.0 big fish that won big fish and helped him fishing 2nd. The water was perfect and the float was really nice minus being more flat that I like. Many northern rivers in WV are too flat for my taste. I figured out late in the day that despite the bright sun the fish wanted a fluke worked very slow near rock. Once I figured that I upgraded from 51” to 67” finishing 4th overall and Nahodil and I finished 2nd place team behind our fishing partners for the day Mike and Mike. The late rally made for a unique experience and an awesome day. 
Miles Floated = 5.5
Fish Caught = 42
Biggest Fish = 15.0”
Best Five Fish = 67.0”
Place Finished = 4th our of 62/ 2nd place team
Minutes per fish = 11.4

Tygart Lake Prefishing- June 17th, 2018

Greg and I fished below Tygart lake dam on a hot and muggy Friday afternoon along with several other WVKA regulars the day before WVKA Tygart Tournament. The bit was tough. The water was up and falling with heavy stain. I managed a few but the key middle areas I wanted to fish you could not get to. We fished single access for 2.5 hours and then head off the dinner and registration. 
What we learned today was where we do not want to fish for the tournament. I was on the phone setting up a river float above the d where the water is clearer within an hour. Total Fish = 8
Biggest Fish= 11.5
Best Five Fish = 53.5”
Minutes per fish = 18.75

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Annalyn’s First Smallmouth Bass - June 10th, 2018

Despite the incoming storm Annalyn and I hit the water out of the Big Tuna behind Advance Beach. Annalyn caught her first 3 river smallies out of a kayak in the short time we were out on the water. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pond Magic - Wednesday June 6th, 2018

The girls and I hit the pond for some quick fish action. Night crawlers were catching bluegills quick and the Ned rig was catching bass even faster. It was a beautiful late spring low humidity evening. I wish my life had more time with my girls like today in it. 

Windy Short Morning on Moncove - June 4th, 2018

Due to never ending high water on the river forced Stan and I to go to Moncove for what has to be my 6th time over there this season to find fishable water. We had two good hours with the Ned rig doing it’s thing before the wind picked up into the 15 to 20 mph range and we called it quits. 

Total Fish Caught = 6 with 2 more lost
Biggest Fish = 14.25”
Biggest five fish 64.25”
Minutes per fish = 19.6

Saturday, June 2, 2018

SCKBA Greenbrier River Part II - June 2nd, 2018

My cousin Jack came in and picked up hid brand new Coosa in Rockfish the day before our SCKBA event that turned out to be Greenbrier River Part 2. Due to the New River being high we changed the venue from the New River to the Greenbrier. And wouldn’t you know it but it got rain the night before and came up too some. We had 40 Anglers compete. Bryan Bostic lead the way with an incredible 84” limit. I struggled all day. The water was too stained for them to hit a fluke and Ned was not doing much. Finally around 10:30 I figured out they would still hit and chase a devil craw square bill. But it was too little to late. I hade only 57”. I ended up finishing 10th out of 40. Jack struggled as well coming in the back of the pack. 

Miles Floated = 6.5
Total Fish Caught = 21
Biggest Fish = 13.75”
Biggest five fish = 57.5”
Place finished = 10th out of 40
Minutes per fish = 17.4