I had the chance to paddle and fish twice in the last couple days, NE of Columbus about an hour-hour and a half.
Sunday we hit a popular canoe livery stretch on the Mohican. Quite honestly, we thought the recent cold temps might have slowed the fishing down, so we just went up there to paddle around, goof off, and look at girls. But I couldn't resist taking along just one rod and a handful of baits.
Glad I did. I caught propbably 25-30 fish with 6 of them being over 16"...one was 18ish.
So I had an appointment in Mount Vernon yesterday for work. Took along two rods and my yak and fished the btter stream up that way.
I dicked around for about two hours and caught 18 fish. All of them over 14", with a few in that 17-18" range.
No real big, picture worthy fat boys yet...but it sure looks like it's right on the cusp of happening.
Looking at the stable water levels of the past two weeks, and the warming trend we have going on right now...one would have to think that by Thursday or Friday the streams will be ON FIRE with actively feeding fish...all of them.
This time of year always seems to produce "super frenzies". Meaning that you could fish for 5 hours, 95% of that time is kind of slowish, but there will be 3 or 4 30 minute perids of time that the fishing is just crazy good. Happens the same way almost every year.
So I intend on cashing in. Probably Friday. Whattaya think Stucky? Rybo?...usual suspects...? Bring along that gawd aweful Subwalk thingy and some bigass spinnerbaits...find some good looking water and see if we can't stick acouple of 20's on the board.
The planets are alligned...none of us have bosses (or at least ones that could fire us)...weather is gonna be perfect...
...now I know I'm not the only one that's looks for fishing holes between appointments.
No doubt!! What else are we supposed to do....work?
Lunar cycles - You know, I've never really been able to figure out how much impact they have on river fish. I suppose they do have an impact, but to what degree as opposed to things like water level, water temp, hours of daylight, etc...I have no idea.
BTW, I was just busting balls with Stcky and Rybo a little. I just reread my post and it didn't read how I meant it. What I meant to say is that if ANYONE has some time on Friday and wants to chase bigguns, I'm looking for a partner.
It's gonna be ON!! In fact, I'm getting ready to sneak out for a few hours here soon...just me and the dog on my home stretch. Just need to figure out a way to get back upstream and I'm on my way.
I've noticed the feeding frenzy thing going on already in the smaller rivers. I had two 10 minute stretches with a fish on or at least a bump on EVERY CAST! I don't think I've ever seen them so aggressive. There were a lot of white bass mixed in there too. Maybe the white bass run/feeding frenzy fires up the smallies too?
I got out on Friday for about three hours. I went to a stretch near where this flow mouths into a larger flow. So plenty of long, deep pools with some riffles here and there.
I don't know if I would call it failure or not, but I did not get anywhere close to the size of fish I was looking for. But the fish bit consistently from about 2-5pm. I probably caught 20-25 fish, but every single one of them was about 15".
I tried that gowd aweful SubWalk, big tubes, big flukes, 3/4ounce spinnerbaits....they all caught fish, but nothing under or over 15". Actually I never caught any fish on any kind of tube, or anything that was worked slowly on the bottom.
All the fish were in waist deep water near fast water. It was a typical summer pattern, just think "baitfish" instead of "crawdad" and it was easy pickins.
Nothing in the long deep pools, and I worked them hard. And nothing in any kind of spwaning areas either. All in typical summer spots.
If we missed the spring big fatty fish frenzy due to the weird non-winter...I'm gonna be peesed!!
I've been busy with pool last three Weeks, we won the city championship for the second year in a row a week ago, yesterday we finished top twenty in the state championship, and this Thursday to Sunday we play a different state championship in canton Ohio. Then pool done time to fish, going to call and see if my canoe is in yet, really want to sit in it in my garage ! Save some fish for me bubba
When your canoe shows up, call me. I'd like a road trip over that way. I need some stuff.
Congrats on the pool, BTW. I knew you were an expert at pocket pool, but never realized what a stud you is on the green table.
These two sticks, plus the extra shafts, plus the short stick which is a jump stick, can use either end depends on how you want to jump are what I carry when I play, guessing bought new about $2500, the other picture is my older sticks,I gave plenty of them and kayak's, lol
Talked to Andrew at Miami outfitters, 30th is the new ship date, he has six boats coming, mine's the cheapest at $1700, most expensive is about $4500, wood kevlar design, ouch! I'll let you know when i'm heading up, he has a lot of new stuff for canoe's he said we'd be interested in. later...