It seems like it’s been raining since Christmas. We’ve had flood warnings along our local rivers off and on for the past few weeks. Just yesterday morning I saw several pairs of ducks swimming around in a pasture while on my way to Newnan to run some errands. But today, what a gorgeous day. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and it’s even warm!
I’ve been itching to get out and go wet a line. We started watching the Daytona 500 this afternoon but my mind kept drifting outside. Finally, at about the half-way point in the race I couldn’t take it anymore. I boldly stood up and proclaimed to ConnieLou “I’m going fishing.” OK, that’s not quite how it happened. It was more like “Hey, you care if I go to the pond for an hour or two?” Fortunately she didn’t care and it didn’t take me but a few minutes to round up my stuff and head out the door.
The pond was about two and a half feet low last time I fished it.
Not today. It was full to the brim. Guess I can’t complain too much about the rain.
There was a new feature along the shoreline in ‘my’ stretch of the pond. Not sure where this log came from but I hope it stays put. It’ll be a fish magnet this spring and summer. Of course, it’s going to make getting my kayak in and out a bit more interesting, but hey, I’ll take it.
I was a bit surprised that the water in the pond didn’t look more like a YooHoo drink than it did. It was actually in pretty good shape considering the rain we’ve had. I was actually counting on a bit of color to the water. The stretch of pond that I fish is a broad flat about 4 to 5 feet deep that extends between 60 and 80 feet out form the shoreline. I was hoping that the bright sunshine would warm the stained water on the flat enough that a few fish would come up shallow in search of prey. I fished subsurface patterns for about an hour and a half and came up empty. I did have one good bite but I was a bit distracted watching the red-tailed hawk soaring overhead and missed it completely. Hey, some days are just like that…but at least I got out, wet a line and soaked up some of that wonderful sunshine. I feel much better now.