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Fishing Different

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Tennessee Again Provides Thrills and Lots of Fish

 Some of you have noticed that I have been slow to make new posts. That's because I'm very slow getting around. Last week I fell from a ladder while helping shingle a roof. So far the results have not shown any serious breaks but you can't prove that by my condition. Had an MRI yesterday but have yet to get the results. Hopefully this old body is just slow to recover. getting around with a walker so fishing activity has been stopped except for my annual striped trip to Tennessee. It was a blast.

This year I took all my sons, step sons and grand son. Didn't get monsters with all the fish in the 20's but the action was steady. here's some of the photos.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Another good fishing day

 Harry Theil and I took a few hours to drown some bait the other day. Again for some reason bait was in short supply but I did find some larger shiners that I felt would work find. The fishing started slow as it has in recent days but as the afternoon grew old, the fish started to cause us some trouble, if catching three at a time is considered trouble. Of course Harry landed most of the fish except those that were multiples when I helped him out. He started with a nice crappie and eventually got about 20 nice bass like the one shown here

The spawn is in full swing and the fish are feeding heavily when you can find them. They are still on the drop offs in 30 to 40 feet of water. As usual, I don't fish in the shallows for the males that are building nests. I choose to leave them alone so that we can expect a good crop of new fish for the future seasons.

I expect that the good fishing will last a few weeks as the spawn continues and the waters continue to warm. Shad schools are still rarely seen and perch are not hanging out in the areas that I fish which is a blessing. Get out and fish guys, it doesn't get this good very often.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

All Circle Hooks Are Not The Same

I have been using circle hooks almost exclusively on Lake Norman since I release nearly all the fish that I catch. I really never took a hard look at the shape of the hooks that I buy because I never thought it made much difference.

Recently I have noticed that I and my fishing guests were getting an unusual number of drop off bites, meaning that the bite seemed strong but after a turn or two of the reel handle, the fish dropped off. A few of these drop-offs is normal but recently the ratio of catches to drop-offs was almost equal. This caused concern on my part so I took a good look at the hooks that I was using.

Because of the way I fish, I loose quite a few hooks and for some reason the stores have been out of the normal circles so I purchased what they had in stock. After taking a good look at the hooks I was using I theorized that the specific hook that I had was possibly causing the heavy drop-off rate. See the illustration below.

Ay first glance the two hooks look the same but they aren't. The right hook is the normal circle hook and the gape is nearly a perfect circle. The hook on the left has a s lightly offset gape so that the edge of that hook (c) causes that edge to be much further away from the parallel of the hook shaft (a). Notice that that distance (a) is nearly twice the distance from the shaft that the normal hook distance (b). This might not seem important at first glance but ass the hook is pulled up out of the gut of the fish, this greater distance (a) prevents the circle portion of the hook from catching the mouth of the fish and the hook simply pulls out of the fish. This is almost the same effect as jerking on the rod when retrieving the fish.

I purchased a complete new package of hooks and re-hooked all my rods. On my next trip my catch rate was 14 to one meaning that I caught 14 of the 15 fish that bit the bait. Doesn't seem like a very big difference, but the result kind of proves that sometimes the smallest thing can make a difference when bass fishing. It also shows that we are never too old to learn new things.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Fishing is Getting Hot Again

 I haven't been posting a lot lately but I have been on the water when the weather gets warm. I can't see any reason to got out there and freeze my but when I can simply wait until a warmer day. Well! those days seem to have arrived and the fishing is good. I call this the pre-pre spawn period. The water is getting warmer and the fish realize that the time is coming for the spawn. The bass are moving into the deep water ends of the creeks and coves and they are feeding heavily in preparation for the spawn. The water is a bit warmer at the mouth of the coves and they can still feed at the drop offs in the deeper water. As the water warms into the 60s they will begin to move further into the shallower water but now they are still deep in 30 feet or so of water.

I don't get many opportunities to get a photo of myself but this time it was necessary to have a buddy take this one. These are 5 and 51/2 pounders and I got them both at the same time. These are the biggest bass that my boat has caught this season.
There was a shortage of bait and I was forced to use some larger shiners but the bass gobbled them up as soon as they were dropped into the water, strange  thing.
I have been fishing in any drop off that i can find that leads to 30 feet of water. That's where I am finding a lot of fish. Also boated a couple of 20 pound plus blue catfish and the other day and a fishing partner brought in a nice striper. My wife and I were sitting on the boat tied at my dock and she landed a 20 pound blue cat the other day. Things are great on the water so get ut and fish.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

                                                           Hello Again

I have had a few of my friends and fellow anglers ask why I have been silent on this blog for two months. No, I did not contact the virus, but I was sick for a long period of time. I basically lost the month of January and part of Feb. No need to give you all the details but I am now feeling much better although I have lost considerable confidence in our medical care system in general.

During my recovery I took the opportunity to re-gain some productivity by doing maintenance on all of my fishing gear. This is a good time of the year to re-spool all of your reels, clean and oil them and check all the eyes on your rods for nicks or scratches. One item often overlooked by most anglers are the hooks on your lures. if they are bent or rusty, they should be replaced. It's not a big job if you have the right tools.

Because of the weather that we have been having, the fishing pressure on the lake is very light so when it warms, and I hope that is soon, fishing should be real good. I hope everyone has gotten through this cold period while remaining healthy. I should be back on the lake in a week or so. Hope to see you all out there.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Fish Are Hot Now

 We have waited a long time for the good times to start again. Well ! they are back and the fish are very active, all the fish, not only the bass. I have had better success with the smaller live bait but the fish have run me out of bait every time I've gone out in the last two weeks. The hits have been very aggressive and I have had many multiple hits at the same time. On one occasion I had four fish on at one time and managed to land three of them. Drop offs are still good but the bass seem to be roaming around looking for food. Not many shad schools in sight so the fish are hungry, preparing for the cold weather that will soon come. I have caught hybrids regularly in the south end of the lake, finally, but they are not yet of legal size at this end. Surface activity is very visible in the afternoon so keep a casting lure handy that will reach way out. I have had great success casting at the surface rolls. Bait is fairly scarce if you don't get it close to Wednesday when it is delivered, so stock up so you won't be run out by the fish like I have been. My son in law boated this 5 pound plus last week along with two channel cats, two crappie,  one hybrid and 10 bass, al in a couple of hours, SO get out and fish guys, it won't last forever.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

New Breed of Bass Have Been Stocked

 The new tiger bass is now in the lake. 2000 fish were stocked last week sized around one pound and some a little more. Each of these fish have been tagged with a wire tag, so if you catch one please carefully return it to the water. If enough money is raised, next year the plan is to stock more than 100,000 fingerling fish. In all years following that the stocking will be funded by the Wildlife Commission. Again this time, the fish were all released in the north end of the lake. Hopefully on the next stocking, consideration will be given to stocking some fish close to the south end of the lake. Donations are needed for next years stock. You can make a contribution by going to Lake Norman Legends Facebook group. It's going to take a lot of angler to contribute to raise the needed funds for the next stock of fish, They are asking for $80 but they will take whatever you offer. Please consider a contribution.