Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Few Odd Species

I went down to the river last night and ran into Noah, who had just caught a banded killifish for his life-list. This is a species I had already caught but had never gotten a decent photo of, so I was fairly pleased to catch one after just a little bit of effort. They were hanging out in a tributary where I've usually found spottail shiners. I managed to hook one with a tiny caddis pupa.

After that and an unsuccessful attempt to hook a pike or big smallmouth, I broke character a bit and fished bait. I was really hoping to bump into a white catfish, by far the most interesting catfish we have in these parts. The thrive in the lowest reaches of tidal rivers and are capable of handling quite a bit of salinity. No white catfish were caught, but Noah added another species to his list, an American eel, and I caught a few of those and a yellow bullhead. Yellow bullheads aren't particularly common in this spot so it was a cool little fish to catch.


How's this for a spinner fall?




Sometimes flies just don't do the trick. I'm not too proud to admit that and fish living or dead bait. 

4 comments:

  1. Fun stuff RM. It's about having fun out there... And nothing wrong with slinging hardware or bait. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. If it's the only likely way to catch a fish I'll do it and have a ball. But if I can get it done with a fly...

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  2. We all started fishing with worms and other critters, so nothing wrong with what works, sometimes. I still like large plugs for Pike, the strike is a great feeling.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. Pike strike a fly just as violently. ;)

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