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Jonn
JONN
GRAHAM

Stream Stalker

Not Much Spring in My Spring Break

Tue, April 01, 2014

Last week was my annual spring break.  What a piece of crap…...............cold, windy, and a little bit of rain.  Not what I envisioned.  I ended up spending most of the week at home with the kids and finishing some swim jig orders and made up a few flies.  Finally, on Thursday, I was able to get out.

Headed to Spring Lake with fellow fly angler, Dustin Hinds.  Muskies were on the agenda.  Cloudy day, fairly warm and lighter winds than were predicted.  Water was clear and we figured we were in business.  Unfortunately, the Muskies did not hold up their part of the deal.  We fished hard for six hours and came up with nothing.  No follows…......no nothing.  Two other boats were out and they reported the same thing…..........nothing.  Spring Lake has my number.  I have been over there many times and have not put a muskie in the boat.  I have had follows and one fish hooked a few years back, but no proven capture.  I feel I am due!!

Then this past Sunday was going to be the day to catch some fish.  Temps. were going to hit sixty.  Loaded up the new Coosa kayak and headed up to the ‘burbs to fish with Jim.  My plan was a two-pronged attack.  Jim and I would both fish his lake in the kayaks until around noon and then Jim would set me up for a solo float on the river in the afternoon.

We hit the lake around 7:00 AM and the temps were still below freezing.  The sun was out and the winds were non-existent, which made it more than comfortable.  The previous night’s cold created a little skim ice in a few spots on the lake, which we were able to break up by paddling right through it.  Kinda cool to break through ice with a kayak.  We started in a shallow area where we had done well the previous spring.  I hit two largies fairly quickly on a Super Shad swim jig.  Both bass around a pound and a half.  We switched areas and I tied on a jerkbait and hit this bass on the first cast:

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We made a large move out into the main lake and figured we would keep the bite going.  We hit some great points and islands and totally blanked.  Not sure why, but we could not scratch out a fish on the main lake??

We finished around noon and then it was time to get the new Coosa on the river for the first time…...........I was psyched.  I fished a stretch of river that was probably around 2-3 miles.  I concentrated on deeper water areas with little or no current.  Within the first mile, I nailed my first smallie of 2014 on a Twinn Spinn spinnerbait from Bob Park over at Raptor Premium Spinnerbaits:

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Not huge…...........but boy it felt good!!

I continued to travel downstream with no luck until I reached an area that has long been a fairly good spot.  I spied a deep water eddy smack dab in the middle of the river with fast water on both sides of the eddy.  It was kinda tricky to get the kayak into position in the fairly fast water in order to make a cast.  I got the boat where I wanted it and on the first cast this bad boy just blasted the spinnerbait:

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18.5 inches of pure bronze fury!!  Not only long but incredibly girthy…..........definitely a female.  My blood was really pumping now…..........  I had a few more good spots to go before my trip was over, but those last few spots produced nothing.  I finished up around 5:00 and headed for home.

Gotta say, it sure was nice get the kayak out and actually catch some fish.  I did not catch a ton of fish (3 largemouth and 2 smallies), but it was something to build on.  That big smallie kept a big smile on my face all the way home…...........


AS ALWAYS….................HAIL TO THE SMALLIE

Comments

Nice Largies and Smallies Jonn. Congrats!
Frank

Posted by coinman66 on April 01

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