The time was about 5:30pm and I figured that most people would be headed home, I was wrong. EVERYONE started to show up, causing my bright idea to move if necessary to be thwarted. I decided to stay where I was. After about an hour and no bites I though of packing up and heading to a different lake all together. The couple to my right then started catching. I couldn't deny that I knew the patterns of times that they bite in that area and finally realized that I should change my lines.
I pulled my 10lb line up and tried out my Nanofill 4lb (review being typed tonight) line out to see if that changed results. BAM it did. I cast right next to one of my other lines that was sitting just off a submerged tree and it took the new bait. FISH ON! Well I thought it was a fish, bait caught bait! So I continued on to get something a bit bigger and BAM!!!
More bait. Just a bit shorter than the first. UHHHGGGGG. Disheartening for sure!
I kept at it not getting another bite for quite a while but seeing surface activity everywhere. I would throw just beyond where I saw a ripple and reel back to the spot and let it sit. The nI would see ripples all around it. Frustrating to say the least.
Another hour passed and I finally came up on my target. Crappie were my main focus and I was happy to finally pull one in, but as you can see, it wasn't any better than before.
These lakes don't have a size limit but I refuse to keep anything less than 9" in Missouri anymore even though they WANT you to keep all sizes in these lakes. I feel leaving them till next year will be better for frying them up and I'll eat them then.
I continued and it started to get a bit darker so the nibbles should have been better but I only pulled one more before it was time to pack up for the night.
By far the smallest crappie's I have caught this year but I think it will get better after next weekend. The tail and underside fins are chewed up leading me to believe that spawn is in full swing and I can catch some better fish soon.
I'll be back at it next weekend if I can!
Enjoy your time fishing people!