Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Two Bit Hookers

There's nothing quite like hooking yourself. Fish hooks really don't hurt going in , but damn if they don't sting on the way out. I've hooked myself many , many times , even once while showing someone how to tie a knot (skip that last step) , but by far the worst was two treble hooks through the gut.

My shirt was pinned to me , I was getting ready to take my kids to a doctor appointment or something equally important , and I was otherwise alone. It was a treble from a bass plug , and two prongs of the treble were buried in my stomach , right below my ribs. There was nothing to do but grab the trusty needlenose pliers and get to it. Having someone snatch a hook out of you is a much better way to go , kind of like pulling a band aid off fast , but I set my jaw and started pulling. The skin on my gut stretched for what seemed like a foot before it finally popped out , and I almost got the rear treble from the plug in me from the other direction. Thankfully it didn't go in past the barb , because I doubt I could have pulled another hook out , especially not with my left hand and the bad case of the shakes I developed pulling out the first one.

Anyway , I've seen some nasty hook shots on social media here lately. Be careful out there , guys and gals!

Then there's this guy...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cold Water Jigging

Hit a few ponds Wednesday with a friend. Still snow on the ground , albeit patchy and melting , so the water was cold , the fish were sluggish , and it was a tough bite. Managed a few bass , a couple crappie , and a handful of bluegills. Between us we might have caught 50 fish or so in a couple of hours. Not bad , but the fish were small. I'll go back once it's warmer. We did survive an attack by two pissed off Canadian Geese , who had a nest with eggs in it about ten feet from where we were fishing at one pond. The drake hissed like a snake , and tried to act otherwise menacing , but they eventually settled down and the hen went back to her eggs.


The Nest
The last person to get this close to the nest...

 Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Interesting Discussion..

Is going on over at Mel's new blog. It's worth a read , and also a pretty decent discussion to jump into because it is something that can only be measured by anecdotal evidence. Check it out HERE

I'm certainly no expert , but I've done a fair amount of fishing for both bass and trout. Part of what intrigues me so much about Mel's post is that both species have been widely stocked outside of their native range , to the point of naturalization in many waters. There are so many environmental factors that can contribute to a fish's perceived intelligence , and indeed even the fickle nature of fish taking an offered bait is something to ponder.

I associate trout with clear streams , and living on a diet of tiny bugs. That's not entirely fair , I know , just as it's not fair that I think of bass as living in mudholes and eating anything they can catch. However , I do think those are good generalizations for each species , regardless of exceptions , especially when you consider their "Native" ranges and the water those encompass.

I pegged the bass as being more aggressive. They just seem more predatory to me , plus they are prone to being territorial , especially when bedding. I've watched largemouth bass pick up my bait and move it out of their bed before the female had even laid any eggs. The males are very aggressive when fry are present , which is one reason I don't like to fish post spawn unless I'm after the females in deeper water.

As for the trout , I've always been impressed by their eyesight. The difference between 2 and 4 pound line can make or break a day of fishing. Then again , maybe their eyesight isn't as keen as I think , because I've seen days when stocked trout would eat anything , and I do mean anything , that was pink or orange. Wild trout are extremely hard to fool , which is why you'll see the flyfishermen (and women , HI RD!) talk about tiny tippets and size 18 gnats. Hell , i can barely see a size 18 hook , so a trout has to have at least 20/20...

So go check it out , Mel would love to hear your thoughts on it , as would I!

Have a great week my friends!