If the cows are laying down the fish aren't biting. If the wind is out of the east the fish bite the least. Wind out of the west fish bite the best. What about if the flies are biting the fish are biting. That was the correlation with today's fishing. Makes sense to me, flies have a tendency to bite as rain approaches and the barometric pressure was likely dropping with the approaching rain. The fishing was fantastic this morning. No huge fish but lots of solid 2-3 lb fish. The fish are fat and healthy and look as good as they have in several years. It seems that the past two years the pond has been on an upswing with the bluegill on the rebound the bass have been fattening up. It should continue to get better over the next few years.
Big Bullgills go thump in the night. The best tips I can give will be to go scout the area out during the day so you have a general idea of how you need to fish it during the night. The best night spots are open and don't give you any back cast issues like snagging your fly on brush or trees. I like to use larger flies generally during the night then I do during the day. Like a size 8-12 fly, my favorite rig is a size 8-10 black bugger and then about 12-18" behind that I will trail a size 10-12 black bugger. I like to use webby hackle on these buggers so the flies push more water which I believe to be critical to getting the attention of the fish. As far as the technique, one that I have found to be extremely effective is to cast your flies out, with your rod tip down near the water slowly raise you rod tip to the 12 o'clock position. When I say slow I am referring to this process from 8-12 o'clock should take 20 to 30 seconds. If you don't get a bite just roll cast your flies back out there and start the process over again. Tight lines
The fishing was pretty good today. First cast with a game changer chatterbait yielded a nice bass. Caught several other fish on it as well but with the over cast skies I knew the bass would be looking up. Switched over to a Cohens frog leg diver and caught several more fish on it as well. Finished the day off with my Senko fly and caught several fish on that as well.
The morning started off a little slow as we had a cold front blow in the day before. Once the sun got up a little bit the action picked up. This particular pond is loaded with big blue gill and they are a blast on the 3wt. The action and fishing will only get better as we move closer to summer.
Not a whole lot to report from today. The fishing was a little tough do to a 20-25 mph north wind. The water was muddy and the bass had a little bit of lock jaw going on. But it was a good Easter with the family and enough fish cooperated to make my efforts worthwhile. This little Senko fly I've been fishing continues to be a hot pattern for the LMB.
Headed to a local creek this afternoon to chase some white bass. There was a father there with his son and one of his sons friends fishing. They where having a good time and catching some fish. Was small talking with the father and he was telling me how he has fished this creek for 25 years and every year he comes down as often as he can to load up a cooler of fish to take home. He added how he was surprised the white bass continue to come back to this creek to spawn year after year and their numbers have not been depleted from all the fish he has taken out as well as what others have taken. The father and two young boys continued to fish and throw every fish they caught into the cooler. They probably had 20-25 fish between the three of them, but continued to talk about having to get to 75 before the day was over. I'm not against keeping some fish for a meal. But personally I'm not sure why one would need 75 fish, but that is their legal limit. Granted white bass are prolific spawners with the limit in Texas 25 per day per person. I moved on to another hole to finish the day. I wondered what the father and the boys would be doing if the white bass population wasn't as prolific as it was. Would he have had the foresight to realize keeping all those spawning fish over the years contributed to the decline.
"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."