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Hey Folks, I had to go across "the pond" and that has taken the last 4 weeks. I hadn't caught a fish in a while and that's too long. So, I am going to try to do something about that.
I don't do lakes on Memorial Day or Labor Day; I will let you have those and then I will pick from the rest. These cooler, cloudy mornings have me anxious and with rain forecast for Thursday, it looks like Tuesday is it.
I take two rigs with me in the yak and I am going to go light - 4 wt. fly rod rigged for bream and a spinning rig for the anything else. I am planning on Lake Athens at daylight with report to follow:
My plan was to take advantage of early light with topwaters. That didn't work. I used a Rebel (mid-size) on the spinning rig and a topwater popper on my 4 wt. fly rod. I started at daylight and I was the first to put in at Lake Athens. At 8:30 I had had two strikes and no catches, so I changed my plan.
I put on soft plastic with a 1/8 oz. weight, Texas rig on the spinning rig and on the fly rod I had live worm with a very small split shot and a light bobber. I was thinking I would cast for bass with the spinning rig and check for bream beds with the worm rig as I drifted along.
I hesitate even to tell you what happened; you'll think I'm crazy. Here's what happened; when I had a miss with my soft plastic, I would drift over and put out the live worm rig and get a bass catch with the 4 wt. fly rod, rigged for bream. Talk about fun - having a good bass, hooked well on a light fly rod! The two pictured would actually pull the kayak around. One other bass broke off. I did catch a better bass later on the soft plastic.
With the 4 wt. fly rod I had a day with three species caught - bass, bream and catfish. It was a great morning of fishing to have started out so slow. I went in to Athens for lunch and was safely home by one o'clock.
Till we put in again,
Michael Banks, DDS
Phone:903-882-8877 or 903-882-8878 — Fax: 972-619-8776
18117 Hwy 69 N.
Lindale, TX 75771
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