“Gale Force” Smallie Fishin’
October 20, 2007
I fished with Mike and his son, Ryan today once again and had a blast! They had fished with me before and I ensured them both that this was to be the best day they ever had! Like yesterday, the wind was to be the biggest factor and we were going to have to live with it once again. The air temps were in the 60’s and it was mostly a cloudy day but the winds blew at 20 to 30 knots from the SW with even heavier gusts at times. This was tough to deal with but I was able to keep the boat positioned for them to cast to the fish holding areas where they just pounded them. Once they became familiar with dragging tubes, they were both locking up on a regular basis. Many doubles occurred during the day and it seemed like each of them took their turn at bettering the other at times. Ryan definitely caught the largest bass of the day but that was only because he knocked off an even bigger one with the net while trying to land his fathers. Oops! Oh well, that’s fishing. I would have helped them out, but I was trying to hold the boat in these hurricane like winds and couldn’t leave the electric motor. It didn’t really matter as both of them were landing fish hand over fist all day long! I noticed that despite the heavy rains last night and all the dirty water because of them, the water had gone up another degree and was now 58.5 by the end of the day. This actually seemed to activate the fish a bit and they were chowing down heavily on the tubes we were throwing. Fish were caught all day long and there weren’t really any dead periods that something wasn’t happening. Every area we fished produced and produced plenty of quality footballs. These smallies were feeding like it was their last meal and we were loving every minute of it! I stayed out as long as possible and milked the batteries to the bitter end. By the time we fished our last spot, I was beginning to lose juice and after they caught another dozen or so bass it was time to call it quits. I believe that Mike was the last one to land a fish and even a nice walleye of about 4 pounds in the same area as well. Ryan was on fire today and fished slowly to get the big bites. I think he could have caught them in a bathtub today! It was everything that had hoped for and more! Another 100 fish day at least!