Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Goal Acheived

Went out early around 4.30 tonight. Worked the point with no action so I moved down to Al's spot. Tide was coming in so I drifted downriver working some new spots. A little after 5 I picked up a very nice White Perch on my stillwater. This is was a rarity in itself, but the next cast was even more rare. I have always believed that Largemouth Bass can be found in the South River, but had never caught one. Well that changed tonight. Small, but a LM non the less. On my next cast I had a huge Striper on, but lost it at the boat. Nearly had a SR Slam.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Great start to fall season

Monday night I went out at 5.30 and picked up a 24 at Al's spot around 5.45 pm. Got another 18 around 6.15 near the brick pile. Had several other slams that missed. The water has cleared up a great deal with a more normal fall evening calm.

Headed out tonight at 5.45 and worked Al's Spot. Only one swirl, so I moved to point as the tide was coming in fairly strong. At 6.15 I picked up a 24 ,that seemed longer, at the point dock. Made my way back to the brick pile and had a huge slam at 6.25. The fish ran off line quickly and then was gone. It did not make much of a splash, but was definitely a big fish. Oh well. Great night.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Tough Couple of Weeks

On Oct. 18th I was working the shoreline behind the old island and picked up a real nice 20 incher next to the dock with crab cage. This new Lake Riva spot will now be referred to as the "Crab Cage". Unfortunately, as I went to show the fish to the old timer on the pier, she shook and sunk the front treble hook deep into my thumb. WHEN WILL I LEARN? After waiting 10 minutes for fish to settle down, I began the 15 minute, very painful,process of rocking the hook free.

My luck went downhill after that. We had the annual Harbor Hills tourney on Sat. After a massive storm on Friday night, it was windy Sat., with too many leaves on water to work a plug. Only managed one 16 incher on a curly tail. Winds and rain continued for the entire next week. Was not even able to fish the 24-26th which should have been "prime time".

Oh well. I was well rewarded for my patience tonight when I picked up what appeared to be the biggest fish from the river this year. Picked her up at "Al's Spot" around 5 pm. Several nice jumps. Season starting late, buy should be good. Water temp is still 68 degrees versus 56 last year.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Spot

Went out around 5 pm tonight. Worked the point for about 45 minutes with nothing. Moved to the Jetty and picked up a sub-legal 16. Wind was blowing upriver with tide, so I did one long drift along north shore for the last hour. At 6.24 had a huge blowup at the next dock from "Al's Spot". I have had several slams in this spot before, but never hooked up. Finally, I landed and very nice 22.
This past week has been fairly breezy. Spent most of the week fishing from the Marina Pier. Caught legal size fish every day except Monday. All fish were towards the parking lot end on pier in 2 to 3 feet of water. All times of day. Even picked up a 18 Sat. afternoon at 2.30 with high sun.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Pier fishing

Friday night I picked up a nice 20 across from the point near the bridge. Fished for about an hour mid day on Saturday. Hit several lake Riva spots with no action. Returned to the Marina around 6 PM. There was still a lot of boat traffic, so I decided to work the shallows of the east side of Marina Pier. After about 10 minutes had a nice slam from a barely legal 18. Sunday morning I worked the point from 7-8:30 with no action. Returned to marina around 1.30. Sun was high, breeze had picked up, 88 degrees and tons of boat traffic. Decided to work the shallows from pier once again. After about 15 minutes , caught a very healthy 20 incher in 1 foot of water. Fish jumped several times and put up quite a fight on my ultra lite Sirrus rod.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lost Fish

Have done a lot of fishing since last post. Had a good size fish break off at osprey nest 2 sunday's ago. First lost fish of year. So I changed my line from 8 to 10 lb. Well this sent me into a slump that lasted over a week. several blowups, but no fish for 8 days. Finally on Monday (after switching back to 8 lb) things returned to normal. 2 fish Mon, Tues, and Weds all caught in Lake Riva.

Tonight I had my main fishing buddy in town from CA. As I was waiting for him at the Marina, I picked up a nice 18 on Stillwater near the beginning of pier in 1 foot of water. I have made thousands of cast from this spot over the years, usually just testing new line, and this was the first fish I have ever caught. We headed out to Thomas Point shoal around 6pm. It was a perfect topwater night. Flat, no breeze and only 1 other boat at rock pile. On my 3rd cast I had a massive fish slam. There was little doubt it was my biggest fish ever....BROKE OFF...arrg. Ok, so I switch back to 10LB and get a birds nest about halfway down line...Bam...another big fish slams and line breaks at the nest. Retied and finally landed a fat 6 lb fish. The biggest of year. Yay.

Had another first tonight. Since the bay was so flat, the wake of a passing tanker was making its way from the eastern shore as we plugged away. When they hit the shallows of the shoal we were swamped by 8 foot swells. You could have literally surfed the waves. The other boat nearly went under.

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