My first trip on the water after my son was at Beaverdam reservoir in search of crappie. I only had a couple hours to fish, but I managed to catch 2 yellow perch. I'll take that by-catch any day! It wasn't a stellar trip, but I enjoyed the time on the water.
The second trip was an exciting one...until it happened. Forrest, Rob Choi, and I fished a private lake for about 4-5 hours and had NO luck at all. That is very rare for this particular lake, because I've had such great luck there in the past.
I had to head home around noon, because believe it or not I do have some responsibilities. Forrest and Rob on the other hand just went from one lake to the next. I REALLY wish I could have made it out with them because they did very well. How well? This well...Buckets & Chains.
After seeing how well they did, naturally I had to give it a shot. I was lucky enough to have off work for my birthday and even luckier to have a wife that would let me go fishing on valentines day! (Those days are the same for me)
Having Forrest as a friend is almost an unfair advantage sometimes. That dude can put anyone on fish!
I got to the lake a little late, but still had about 3 hours to fish. I started by trolling a couple shallow diving crankbaits and picked up a 23" pickerel. Within two hours, all I could manage to get was 3 pickerel (not that i'm complaining.)
About an hour til dark I finally landed a small bass on a Rapala husky jerk in about 3' of water.
Not long after that I hooked a solid fish on a hollow body swimbait. I knew it was a nice bass, but I was surprised to see how fat it was! It was only a tad over 19", but I bet it was 4.5lbs! Chunky!
As it got darker the fishing slowed down a lot. I ended the day with one more fat 23" Slime Dart (pickerel)...my personal best so far!
I have to stop writing now. Sometimes writing tries to make my brain explode. My brain will asplode soon.
The rest of this report is coming soon!