|Rain? Naw, it's not headed over here. Wind's blowing the other way.|
|Wow, the wind's shifting directions. Getting a little wet.|
I was really intent on catching a big largemouth on a fly, so every time I got a hit on my spincast gear, I'd immediately switch to the fly. Yeah, that didn't work at all. Not a single strike on a nice big green hopper. My casting and "water whipping" definitely wasn't a factor ( ha ha). Again, with the "never fly fished from a kayak before " thing. Apparently, it's harder to keep your line flying above the water, when your casting arm is only 16" out of the water. Who knew? Didn't really matter - once the wind shifted and the thunder started rocking the lake, the bite shut off entirely. And then things got real in a hurry.
|Thank God for the tree I was under. It got nasty QUICK!|
|Not the evening I had in mind|
The wind fully shifted around and went from about 10-15kt to 25-35kt, bringing actual waves to the side of the swamp I was trying to fish. The skies opened up and thunder roared. I started crushing that water with the paddle and found shelter under a big old cypress tree after a few minutes of frantic searching. Luckily I had put my Marmot PreCip jacket on under my PFD before I left the ramp, so I was able to put the hood up and just put my head down and wait for the rain to let up. Which it did about 30 minutes later.
I continued to fish, but it was clear that everything was spooked. A few big bluegills bum-rushed my light spinning tackle but never even bit. When the sky opened up a second time, I sighed and paddled through the waves, back to the boat ramp. Unwilling to give up despite the fact that darkness was setting in and the rain was not relenting, I decide to fish the tail race of that old mill pond. I fished there once before, in 2010, seeing many more big fish than I caught. Despite the horrid fishing conditions, I caught a few moderate size sunfish and this world-record-setting golden shiner. It was a weird night. But I've had weirder, and worse.
|I wouldn't call this an "attractive" fish....|