Caught my first bass of the season this past weekend. Jacqulyn’s uncle owns a pond that sits smack dab in the middle of a nice subdivision, and it’s full of big catfish and carp, plus a few bass and bluegills. I was after the bass, armed with my South Bend #47 and stealth bomber foam diver. I hooked a couple and lost them before landing this one. I was okay with the trade because this was the nicest of the lot. It went about 3 lbs. I also managed to entice a couple of the big carp to inspect the fly before they decided it wasn’t fit to eat. As you can see from the photo, I ended up buying that Fishpond vest. This was my first test of it. I like it so far, but this really wasn’t much of a test. On the advice of David Knapp, I also picked up a lanyard from which to hang essential tools, and I really appreciate it so far. It makes everything so handy. On some trips, I’ll just take a small fly box in a pocket and wear the lanyard for all the tools. I believe contributor Jason Kelley made his own lanyard. Being
lazy concerned for the economy, I just bought one. Maybe I can convince Jason to put together a tutorial for us (hint, hint…).
The next day I got on a private pond in North Georgia for a few minutes. I missed two small bass there. A subtle way to begin the season certainly, but at least the ice is broken. Most of the fish acted a little sluggish with my topwater offerings. A couple more weeks, and the fish will probably be in full spring mode. Flint River Matt claims he caught a smallmouth on topwater over the weekend that would have gone at least 4 lbs, but I’m not sure whether to believe him. I haven’t seen any photos.
James Marsh over at Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains emailed last week. During our conversation, I mentioned that I love reading his stories about fishing even more than his how-to material. He obligingly posted a couple of stories that might be of interest to locals here and here. Whether you’re local or not, they’re pretty darn entertaining, covering everything from playing hooky to Jerry Lee Lewis. Make sure to check out his sites often. He updates them pretty much every day with either useful fishing information or interesting anecdotes.