Well, I am not gonna tell you what lake I fished because some of the users here get ticked off when I mention it. Needless to say, some of you know where I do the majority of my fishing. Anywayz...
I took the family up to the cabin along with Tap Tap Tap to see if we could get into some 'eyes. We went out on Saturday and threw just about every kind of bait we could to pick some up. I am talking live and artificial. Nothing doing. Not an 'eye in sight. First time in many years a whole boat I have been in was skunked in the 'eye department.
What was interesting is we picked up some smallies. Nice sized ones too. I forgot how fun it is to catch 'em. We were catching them on shiners with a plain hook in about 5 feet. They were located on the rock piles where we usually slam the 'eyes. Anyway, I thought that was ineteresting. I have never caught a smallie on the lake and suddenly, we were catching them. Caught some other stuff too. Perch and northerns.
The next day we decided to hit the small lake north of there to see if we could pick up some panfish, since the 'eyes were thoroughly turned off. I had three in the boat including myself, Tap Tap Tap and my son. We slammed 'em. In 3 1/2 hours we caught our limit in sunnies. We also caught some very nice sized crappies. The sunnies were huge!!!! There were 4 of them we could have mounted. All the ones we kept were jumbo sized. We fish this lake a lot but never have I had this much luck. We used primarily waxies with some cut up leeches too. Fished in about 5 feet of water right on top of Sunken Island. Very pretty fish. Lots of blue in some of them. Lots of meat on the fat ones too. Green was the best color. Caught a few with no bait too, just the fluflu.
All in all, it was the best panfishing experience of my life. Must have been in the right spot at the right time. We ended up letting the 60 sunnies go. Didn't want to be pigs about it and we ended up fishing right up to when we had to leave. Crappies went back home too.... Oh well. It is fun just catching them on the ultralights. The smallies were fun on the ultralights too.
Worth the trip... Now if I could only get Tap Tap Tap to start posting again, it would really make my day. But he is sooooo shy.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988