Sunday, June 12, 2011

Smallmouth Hungry 6/11 and 6/12

Waded Saturday. Late start. Caught bass on spinnerbait, crankbait, wakes, and buzzbait. Black fry under the bridge I ditched the bike at.

Pulled a lamprey off one fish's head, thought I had severed or crushed its spine, but it swam off. Leech on my shin when I got home. Took about 45 minutes to stop the bleeding (leeches secrete an anti coagulant as well as a local anesthetic.

22 SMB in 4 hours (16.5",16")
Sunday again started late. Brand new water. On the water around 1:30PM. Brought Wendy with. Wakebaits to begin and cranks just to check. Lots of 12-15" smallmouth. Had 22 in the first 2 hours. We waded downstream after finishing the job up. Wendy had an incedent with a softshell turtle on a beach. Staredown. When he swam away, she thought she'd find him.

Walking downstream- the deeper water pools, I pulled a 1/4oz grub with some good results. Pool-riffle after riffle pool. Smallies were fighting like nuts, lost more than a few on jumps.

Black fry were clearly moving around and eating now, maybe 3/5" long and getting thick. Weren't many places I didn't find them on this stream. Wendy was getting tired so we headed back upstream. I ment to cover ground so I threw a WBZ. Nailed a nice greenie then a spawned out 18" off a laydown.

Thin, spawned out Smallie that taped the same as the LMB above.

47 bass 45 SMB 2LMB (2-18", 2-16, 5- 15-15.75") 4 Googs and a chub. All that action in only 5.5 hours

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Heartattack and Vine


Liar, liar with your pants on fire, white spades hangin' on the telephone wire
Gamblers reevaluate along the dotted line, you'll never recognizeyourself on Heartattack and Vine.
Doctor, lawyer, beggar man, thief, Philly Joe remarkable looks on in disbelief.If you want a taste of madness, you'll have to wait in line, you'll probably
see someone you know on Heartattack and Vine.
Boney's high on china white, Shorty found a punk.
Don't you know there ain't no Devil, there's just God when he's drunk.
Well, this stuff will probably kill you, let's do another line.
What you say you meet me down on Heartattack and Vine?
See that little Jersey girl in the see-through top, with the peddle pushers
sucking on a soda pop. Well, I bet she's still a virgin, but it's only twenty-
five 'til nine. You can see a million of 'em on Heartattack and Vine.
Better off in Iowa against your scrambled eggs, than crawling down Cahuenga
on a broken pair of legs. You'll find your ignorance is blissful, every goddamn
time, you're waitin' for the RTD on Heartattack and Vine

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Compilation of Indiana Smallmouth fishing reports 6/4,6/5/2011

6/5/11- Water came up and stained due to last night's tstorms. We hit 2 streams with decent results in each on crankbaits, wakers, tubes, buzzbait. Visibility 12" in the first, 16" in the second, larger stream

The big boy was caught off that white cap area in super quick water. Fought like a devil in that current. Mike didn't make a cast over there, it looked too fast, but I remember a couple years back we hit a bunch of dinks in the current there, so felt it was worth a throw. Like a lottery win to find that fish there!

Happy to report Strike King RC LC 1.5 knockoffs catch fish and good ones for about 3:1 cost ratio!

BT 18 SMB (18.5", 17.75", 17.25", 6-15-15.5", some 14"'s) 3 Googs,  10 lbs snapping turtle, shiner.
MC 9SMB 2-3 15"'s 6+ Googs2011:7

6/4/11- Got on the water about 12:30-1. Targeted near riffles. 15 in the first hour with a nice 19"er while people were kayaking by. Up a half mile then down a half mile. Got 30 and called it quits. The big boy looked cool, but all the fish were crazy head shakers with the sharp trebles today. I dropped him before I could snap his mug.

Lots of fish on nests on the slow sides of wide pools. They were everywhere, but action in the faster stuff and mostly shade worked. Stayed in the water and kept cool. Wasn't too bad except the gnats. Lots of decent 14-15.5" smallies, couple of 16"ers, a 17.75" and the 19". One on a crank, the rest plucked baits on splashdown or slightly subsurface.

Of note, not one apparently pregnant fish or worn fin. I think they dropped the load this week and the males are guarding nests.

3 hours 30 SMB (19" 17.75", 2-16",5 -15") Goog

I had them patterned, but opted to go home and rest up. Been doing too much floating and the current was fast as the 97F heat was wearing.

Recap: These two days were quite enjoyable. Aggressive bass hitting surface/subsurface reaction baits, then the stained water and more of the same plus a crankbait bite. I am really getting the feel for the square billed, wide wobbling crankbait. Smallmouth were rocketing out of the water like crazy.