Monday, June 4, 2012

First Bass in My New Emotion Mojo Angler


12 foot boat, 6 foot bed.  Mixed feelings.
I don't know how the weather's been where you are, but it's been totally nuts around here for the last week six months eleven years.  I exercised as much patience as I could (about four days) before putting my new Emotion Mojo Angler in the water last weekend.  For several reasons, I chose the old water supply reservoir near our house.  I've had a few hallmark days of fishing on this lake over the last 10 years but it's a tough lake to fish.  It's heavily polluted with runoff, along with some termiticides that found their way to the lake bottom somehow, around 70 years ago.  Oops.  For years, it was overfished by subsistence fishermen who were taking the very polluted fish home to eat.  Hooray.  But overall, the lake seems to be on the rebound.

The biggest boat I'd ever put in here was 10'.  The Mojo is nearly 12.5'.  A few boulders said hello to the Mojo on its way from the parking lot to the "launch" (about 12 yards...almost too far to comfortably carry the boat).   It launched easily for its size and I was off.  The recent rain had put a real damper on the fishing, since the fish in our urban lakes and rivers gorge themselves on terrestrial critters during and immediately after rainstorms (and then refuse to feed any more).

Gliding into Crocodile Rock in the new kayak...
Small bluegills were after my lures immediately - but bad omens abounded early.  What few bites I did come up with were short strikes, and I had several long follows that were suddenly aborted when my lure moved too far from shade.  I was fishing cover very heavily, and due to the water's turbidity and the absurd number of sunken trees in the lake, I didn't want to bother with sending down deep lures. I accidentally dropped a lure over the side of the boat "into the dark."

I tried all of my usual spots, including "Crocodile Rock," but had no luck at all.  I was paddling back to the "launch" when I decided to paddle into the spring-fed cove that I first fished here in 2001 or 2002.  I've never caught a fish more than six inches long there, but you know, what the heck.   The spring head had apparently deposited a long, narrow sandbar through the middle of the cove since I last fished the cove (2009?), where dozens of bluegills were nested up.  And, true to form, I banged up about a dozen of them in short order........

6" bluegill.....meh.


I worked my way back out of the cove (note: a 360 degree turn in a stationary 12.5' boat is quite difficult) and tossed a few more lures across and along the sandbar, hidden from sight by some overhanging trees.   I was zinging around a Joe's Flies Glo-Trout spinner when I felt a big strike, followed by the weird sensation that I was rolling around a sunken, rotten branch.  I let the line sit for a second to figure out what I should do.  Once I started reeling the line in again, the drag ran out.  Nope.  Not a branch.  I hoped it was finally a nice 9-10" "copperbelly" bluegill.  The fish jumped (not a bluegill!) and ran again.  I tried to consciously let him run, without getting hung up under the boat or among the trees.  After about three minutes, he got tired and I was able to get him onboard for a picture...





Not a record-breaker by any means, but a respectable 1.5-2 pound fighter; and honestly, I was ecstatic to get him in the new boat.  After bending the lure back into shape, I cast a few more times before concluding that I'd done as well as I could do for a quick outing.  I packed the boat up in the truck bed and ran the two miles home to Hank and Amy for some more weekend family adventures.  More thoughts on the new kayak later this week!

Thanks to my Berkley forceps, the hook was easily removed in a jiffy, and the fish returned to water

2 comments:

J and M Flies said...

Nice work man. When you going to come to the dark side and use a fly rod? We need to fish at some point.

River Mud said...

I used a fly rod just last week! Lost a 8" or so largemouth right at my feet....

The best thing about spin fishing is treble hooks!