Monday, October 17, 2011
Big rain, little fish at Prettyboy Reservoir
I woke up at 4:30am unable to breathe - tonsillitis. I started the day - the big day off - by dropping off Hank at day care and then going to the doctor, only to have them tell me, "Take ibuprofen, it's viral. Bye." Then I needed some coffee. And then it was time to go fishing.
The springs were running pretty hard, and the water was green but cloudy (it's often green and clear here. I had come here because my first visit to this spot turned out to be a great one, and I thought I could replicate the results. I changed lures more in the first 20 minutes than I often do in an entire day, looking for just one big fish to chase a lure to shore, or at least short strike it near the surface. Nothing. I scaled back the size of my lures and that's when they appeared. The green sunfish.
I hiked around a new section of the watershed property, knowing that I wouldn't be catching any big fish today. It was a bit of a letdown - but it's October, and these things happen. Fall is really here. When it's not raining, it's absolutely beautiful outside. And it's time to go hunting.
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