Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cave Spring Optimist's 45th Annual Fishing Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake

Dates this year are May 3 , 4 and 5. Get your tickets this week and come out for what looks to be a great weekend of fishing! The weather looks perfect this year , even if it's a bit chilly. Tickets are available at tournament HQ Gill's Creek Marina until the tournament starts on Friday , and at various other local businesses until Thursday night

I'll not be fishing , but good luck to everyone who is!

For more information , please contact me via the contact form HERE

You can also find more information in my previous posts about this tournament HERE and HERE. The second link is results from 2011 , in case you're wondering what size fish it takes to get on the board in any given category.

Be safe out there this weekend and here's to a good tournament!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rainy Day Fishing

I managed to break away for a few minutes this evening to fish in the rain. I've always loved fishing in the rain. I could sit and listen to the rain splashing into the water for hours on end , provided it's not a driving , windy rain. Today was calm and rainy - perfect for fishing in the pond. The fish were a good deal less aggressive today due to chillier temperatures , but we're fast approaching the time of year when a few degrees drop in air temperature won't hurt the fishing. I love this time of year. A cool , rainy , Spring day and a few fish on the end of my line over the past few days have done wonders to lift my spirits.

A pretty , little bluegill.
Three cookie cutter bass , a pretty bluegill , and a Crappie (not pictured) should hold me for a few days.

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Good Day of Fishing

Great really , but I save great for big fish and epic blitzes. My baby girl caught her first Crappie , on a jig too. I caught several bass , lost a bunch of bass , and then got into some hot and heavy crappie fishing for a few minutes. All here at the house , all in about 2 hours of fishing , and all on two baits - jigs and flukes , not quite warm enough for anything else yet. I might upload a video at some point , but that's doubtful. Pictures will have to do. My favorite fish of the day was my baby's first Crappie. Second place goes to a black Crappie that I caught , which can only be one of a handful in the pond. Of course , he might just be a white Crappie with heavy black markings , but I'm not sure as I didn't ask him and I can't be bothered to look up how many spines he was supposed to have in his dorsal , and then count them. Onward to the pictures!

 Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Exploring Some New Water

Here are a few pictures from a recent trip to the James River. Not much happening in the way of fishing due to the unusually cool Spring we've had , but it was great to get out and explore the ponds and three different sections of river. I'll be headed back when the weather warms up to catch a few of the Smallmouth Bass that I know hang out there when the water is warmer.

We've had beautiful weather lately.

I can't wait to see it when everything is green.

A fishy looking stretch of river.

Some kind of sunken boat?

More river

Even more river

Lots of snags , but fishy water for sure.

Behind the snags.

The snag,

I'm sure this is a great shady place to relax in the Summer.

Another section of river.

One of my favorite pictures from the weekend.

A pond hidden in the hills.

More of the pond.

I was tempted...

Always reassuring.

My baby and a worm

Lilly pads! There's a small turtle in their somewhere.


Easy to forget you're on the river.

A first for me in freshwater
What a fun weekend of camping with the wife and kids!

Some of these pictures have previously appeared on G+ and Facebook , and a question I posted on G+ along with answers from fellow blogger John from FCS ,  has led me to believe that the snail shell pictured above is from an invasive species. I'm going to look into it further , and hopefully have some answers to post here. It was a good reminder that , as fishermen and women , we need to be vigilant when we see things that appear out of place. I'm afraid invasives are going to become a more common problem as the years go by...

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Horrific Fishing Injury...

Things took a turn for the worst during a recent fishing trip. Of all people , I should have known better , but as they say accidents happen. The good news is that I was prepared , and because of that the reattachment procedure went exceptionally well. I'll even venture to say that I have almost 100% of function back as of right now , which is nothing short of miraculous.

There is a pic below , so if you aren't too squeamish , click through the break and scroll down to see what happened.....