Conditions: It was warm enough for short sleeves, partly cloudy, and very little wind on a day that got to 77°F, the warmest day of the year I believe.
The plan was simple, Go and confirm where I should put myself for Bass Opener in the morning. I wouldn't even fish if it was really crowded. There were a lot of people on the SW side, couple on the NE side, and nobody on the SE side so I grabbed two rods and went down there. I started throwing the Piranha, but the fish weren't having that so I switched up to chucking rattlebaits way out. Nothing.
Blog reader Mike B. was out in his boat today and stopped by to talk as he was on his way home. I don't remember if I had caught anything yet at that point. We had a good talk and then he left.
Boats started leaving and people started leaving. I got a toothy and a jumper on the Spro Aruku Shad in "Cell Mate" color. One of the boats that left trolled through on his trolling motor, not a problem. They must have gotten a golden because they came back through not alerting the bullhead fisherman (the guy WAS fishing for bullheads) up on the bridge and he ended up hooking one of the ladies in the boats rods. That's a problem. He was able to get it off quick and the guy on the bridge didn't say anything. After the guy turned around and went through again, another boat decided to troll through, again not a problem. The 1st boat came back through again, this time I warned the guy to pull up his line. I made a remark to the bullhead fisherman that continuing to troll through an area where people are fishing from shore is pretty bush league. I don't know if the people in the boat heard me or not. They turned around and went back through. Then the 2nd boat came through catching a nice golden right in front of us and immediately went to turn around. I said something to the guy, which he didn't appreciate. He told me there was no law against him trolling under the bridge like that. It's to bad Willard or Bud wasn't there to go off on him because that would have been fun to hear.. However, he didn't put his lines back in and headed under the bridge again to leave. He said something to the other boat as they were coming back through. This time I cast across the channel and happened to hook his line. A battle I would win seeing as how I was using 40lb Power Pro, but the lines unhooked.
I asked the bullhead fisherman if the people who had been fishing on the other side were gone, and he said he thought they were, so I went to the NE side. It wasn't long before I had a my first golden bullhead of the evening, a small keeper which I gave to the bullhead fisherman. I ended up giving them 4 golden's. As the boat came through on one of the passes they asked me how many I caught and I told them. On their way back through the next time I asked them how many that had gotten and he said they were getting close to their limits (3 people in the boat). I asked them if they had gotten any bass and they said not one. So every fish I heard them catch was a golden bullhead if they weren't lying to me. I did get one nice toothy which I snagged under his jaw. She was released. Toothies that size help keep the small one's in check.
|33" or so toothy bullhead|