I decided to explore new water on the Fox River today. It was possible to launch the Wavewalk at a bridge where only a kayak could be launched. I wouldn’t attempt to launch here with a conventional kayak……..it would be easy to flip. It was a relaxing and fun day. I caught the trifecta , Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike. The bass were caught on a jointed Rapala and the pike on a Wacky worm. As always hit the bridges for the current breaks and fish any inlets that dig out holes.
I’m baaaack in the saddle again! Today was the day, the return to my beloved Wavewalk. Took a quick little afternoon trip to Upper Broad Creek with Fishing Buddy and picked up where I left off in January.
I thought I would be a little shaky the first few minutes but, no way, I felt great and took right off for a little point that has reed grass and a spiky stump. I tossed a “Trim Gim” by Bett’s poppers and hooked up with a pumpkinseed. He was a cute little fella and the popper was as big as his face. I tossed ole Gim to the left of the spiky stump, made two short strips, and felt some tension in the line. I figured I was hung up on spike so I lifted the rod tip to give it a little shake to release the popper and all of a sudden the rod gets bent slam over and then a big ole bass rockets out of the water. I was caught completely off guard thinking I was hung up on a stump. That dude looked like Jordan launching from the paint and made a move like you see at the Olympics during the diving competition. After the acrobatic display I strip striked to get the hook set and tried to keep from losing my rod. I don’t know how big that bass was but, it took 15 minutes for the hole to fill back up with water after he splashed down 😉 At some point during this epic battle the line went slack and I became intensely disappointed when I stripped my popper back without a big bass attached to it. As I sat there thinking about what could have gone wrong, I took a look at Ole Gim and noticed that the hook didn’t look quite right. Big ‘un had just about straightened it out.
Changed poppers and caught another pumpkinseed and a really nice bluegill. The bluegill was a whopper that I landed with the net.
It was a great trip and I’m so happy to be back out on the water in my Wavewalk. I’m going again soon and will let you know how it goes.
What better way to spend the first day of the new year than fly fishing from my super awesome Wavewalk 700 kayak. Fishing Buddy and I splashed the yaks around 11:30 am with high hopes and low expectations. We have had some serious rain the past few days with the air temperature taking a 20 plus degree nosedive in a 12 hour period and super high water. Add to the mix a North wind, that seemed to have had a little too much spirit last eve because it was swirling around like a drunk on the tilt-a-whirl, and you get………
Jill- One big fat bluegill
Fishing Buddy- One chunky bass
It was more than tough to fly fish from a kayak today; we did it anyway. I am happy with my one fish on the first day of the new year and tomorrow I hope to get at least two fish on the second day of the new year. If the pattern holds, December 31st should be EPIC!
I have fished two patterns lately; a sinking spider and a wooly bugger. Both seem to catch fish so I morphed them into one fly to try out today. It’s like a skinny wooly bugger with legs. The bluegill totally inhaled it, that’s why you can’t see the fly in the fish’s mouth.
Happy New Year to my fellow Wavewalkers. I hope y’all catch a bunch this year.