Took a morning off and headed out on the water at Loch Raven Reservoir, right around dawn. Forecast was for winds 0-5mph, low temp 49, high temp 71. No rain for the past 3-4 days....pretty much a perfect day for fishing. Right? Well, I started catching fish on my second cast and it was non-stop action (smallmouth, juvenile largemouth, panfish) for about 45 minutes. Then the "0 to 5mph wind" turned into 15mph with gusts of 25mph, right down the length of the 33,000 acre reservoir. It was just special. The fish got real spooky in a hurry, and I caught one more fish in the remaining 3 hours I was out on the water. I tried every artificial lure under the sun (had the entire jonboat to myself, so there was plenty of room for gear), and it just shut down.
Oh well....maybe it's a sign that it's time to start focusing on hunting again. And of course, it was great to not think about work or money for a few hours, and just watch the birds and fish move around. And I did get to fish an area by boat that I'd only ever hit from the shoreline before, a place called "Dead Mans Cove." It was underwhelming, but there are some neat little holes in there.
Look like 0-5mph wind to you? This is in a protected cove!