Thursday, April 19, 2007

First Fishing Trip in Over a Year!

I took last Friday and Monday off for some much needed R&R. We went out to our cabin at Possum Kingdom Lake Saturday, and stayed until Sunday.

As usual I picked the worst weekend possible to vacation. Friday, major tornado-producing thunderstorms rolled through the area. This prevented us from leaving for the lake Friday evening. So we get down there Saturday, and three foot rollers are coming off the lake. No fishing on Saturday! Sunday morning we mess around at the cabin for a while and get on the lake at about 10:30 AM.

We launched the boat for the first time in over a year and all went well. It ran like a top. We decided to fish an area known as Neely Slough. The lake has had a lot of golden algae problems over the last 5 years or so, and this area was supposed to be doing rather well.

After fishing for about four hours we had no bass in the boat. It was not to surprising. We are out of practice, and several factors were working against us. For starters, that front came through. The fish are also mostly in the post spawn phase at the moment, so they aren't that easy to find. We did however catch 11 sand bass in about twenty minutes in one spot. That is a good sign! Last year we didn't get a bite on the lake at all!

Overall I was pleased with the trip. The boat checked out, and is thankfully ready to roll.

Monday the FIL and I fished Lake Worth. We got started about 7:30, and immediately he caught a decent keeper bass. We started fishing around an island of loose cattails, and really thought we were going to have a good day. We caught two more nice keepers, and a few small fish. At this point we decided to head to a nearby bank for some cranking action. This proved to be a mistake. We committed the cardinal sin of bass fishing. Never leave fish to find fish. After that we caught a couple fat crappie and I believe one more small bass all day long. We didn't catch another fish after 10:15 or so. The wind picked up so we couldn't really fish the area with the cattails very well.

It was a great trip though. Beautiful day, and we caught some fish. What more can you ask for really? I am hoping to fish either Lake Weatherford, or Worth again this weekend sometime.