My first trip to
this morning had a slow start; no bite for an hour. The Boggle Poppers were not working at daylight near the banks; so Ivan and I decided to move into the nooks. I had to use my trolling motor to get us in position to fish the nooks, because the starter on my Mercury motor went out right after we launched the boat, bummer. Once we made it to the first nook the action started with some nice bluegills landed and the prize of the morning for me. I managed to get some footage of Ivan’s fish of the morning so we both left the lake happy fishermen. Smith Lake
The only bluegills towards the quest, not even a smaller bluegill touched the tiny poppers throughout the morning. When larger poppers are not producing, go to tiny poppers; you will get a reaction!
You guys have read some of my post concerning the Redeyed Bass; well this bass is the best example I’ve ever caught.The wild honeysuckles were in full bloom in most nooks we fished, sweet smell.
This spot was supposed to be caught using my 6 weight fast action, but no bass would touch the big poppers throughout the morning. So Ivan and I decided to go after the bluegills with our 3 weights using our tiny poppers; little did we know that the bass were turned on to size 12 poppers as well. This is the largest spot I’ve ever landed using my 3 weight fly. I had quite a fight on my hands trying to keep this fish from breaking my 5X tippet. This fish is why I love fly fishing so much, because its you against a fish that is superior to your gear, in this case my 3 weight. Sometimes the fish wins and rightly so and sometime the fisherman wins, today I won. Ivan didn't notice the sun rays crossing my face when he snap the image.
Ivan landed this nice spot somewhat quicker than me using his 4 weight. I thought I would get some of the action on video for you guys. Ivan did a great job handling this spot, especially after it made numerous runs to break off. We were both pleased with the trip even if I did have to spend 225.00 bucks on a new starter for my motor.
P.S. I am now 38 bluegills away from the quest!!