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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Devin, Reeds Manager, and a Loon
This was written today for my fishing trip yesterday.
With all the fishing I've been doing I kind of lost track of time for got to get the younger of my two nieces who live down in Florida a birthday card this year. Devin caught her first bass ever this year, so I came up with a plan to dedicate my first fish of the day to her. It had to be the day after her birthday because it was around 11PM on her birthday when I came up with the idea. I was hoping it would be a golden bullhead, but it turned out to be a nice chunky 16" jumper that hit my Grass Pig first. Second fish of the day was a golden bullhead.
I got it way up under the bridge. That was my only golden of the morning. It looks darker in the picture than it actually was. I arrived at 4:45AM and didn't get the golden until around 5:15AM. A guy showed up who was fishing the Grumpy Old Man Hole for the first time. He showed up just as I was contemplating moving to the South side. We talked for a little bit. Then he went to get his stuff and went down on the SW side. I arrived on the SE side maybe 5 minutes later. Turns out his name is Josh and is the Assistant Manager at Reeds Sporting Goods. He and his wife just bought a house in the Hillman area, not sure if it was in town or not. He is a multi-species fisherman who prefers toothy critters, which were biting this morning. I ended up getting 8 toothy bullheads today, with a couple of more missed..
I think got Josh one or two toothies and a couple of jumpers as well. An older guy came and started fishing on the SW side with Josh for sunfish. He didn't have much luck. Fishing slowed and I was contemplating going back to the N side when Josh picked up his stuff and started heading that way. I told him I was just thinking about doing that and he was nice enough to offer to fish on the NW side, so I could go back to where I was fishing when he first saw me in the morning. I took him up on the offer. I buzzed off my first cast with a swim jig toward the channel buoys and was immediately struck by a jumpin bullhead. I hadn't gotten anything but toothy's out there so far this year. I had a fish caught or hit on probably my next 10 casts before it slowed down. Josh got a jumper on a minnow and then had to leave. As he was going a loon swam into the area I was getting bit in and Josh said something about it. I took a picture of the loon as it came in, then it came in closer and kept diving in the area I was getting fish. The loon must of pretty well scattered the bait fish that were in the area because the fish stopped biting for me.
I missed one last toothy and left around 10AM. I got fish on the Grass Pig, Frenzy Crankbait, Berkley Ripple Shad and two different Brovarney Jigs one with Devil Spear and one with a Grass Pig Jr. for the trailer.