Saturday, October 4, 2008

Skunked at Loch Raven

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.

Our first Atlantic Population geese are mixing in with the resident birds. The AP birds look tiny.

No shortage of structure in Loch Raven!

Wood ducks have returned this week, as well.

Look like 0-5mph wind to you? This is in a protected cove!


tugboatdude said...

The wind just adds to the challenge.Don't complain you caught something and you got to miss work,that's a good day in my book.

Rabid Outdoorsman said...

Hey, that is why they call it fishing and not catching! Hey at least you had good weather and luck to start!

As soon as hunting season starts the fishing gear is put into storage. Stays that way until the lakes freeze up around mid January then out come the tip ups and the return to the finned critters.

Wood Ducks are already getting thin up here. Areas where they were thick 3 weeks ago are now only holding a handful of birds

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