By the time I got home, rounded up my gear and loaded the yak it was noon. The sun was shining bright and I was in a hurry. The air temperature was around 40o and the water temp for the day fluctuated between 48 and 50 degrees.
I hooked up after about twenty minutes with a really nice smallie that I can’t count because I didn’t boat him. I just got a really good look as he threw the hook right beside my kayak. For the next hour or so it was slow going but I caught a couple of small KY bass. All of these were caught on a Yum Dinger with a wide gap finesse hook.
As I approached one of my favorite spots I noticed a Colorado float boat coming downstream. When we got within talking range I asked the usual, “Doing any good”? As he started talking about any day on the water being good I knew I’d met a fellow fishing fanatic. To my surprise, he asked me if I had a blog and if I was “ShesaManiYak”. He’s been reading me! I can’t believe anyone would, but it was very encouraging to meet someone that does.
Chris Stone was from northern Ohio and had made the four-hour drive down for the weekend to fish. His supportive wife and kids made the trip with him and were spending the day sight seeing around Georgetown.
Chris handed me a color assortment of the baits he was using, the Smallie Beaver made by Reaction Innovations.
As we paddled downstream we arrived at another of my favorite hot spots on the creek, a spot that almost always produces. Two casts, two fish! I yelled over to Chris to come over and get in on the bite. After all, he had supplied the bait!
For the next forty-five minutes to an hour we couldn’t get our lines back in the water fast enough. Not only were the fish biting, they were hitting hard. Not the usual soft-mouthed bite of a sluggish wintertime bass. We soon lost count of the numbers but we believe thirty or more fish were caught between the two of us.
With daylight fading fast and another fifteen minutes needed to get to the take out spot, we reluctantly pulled up anchor, the pending darkness being the only thing that would have pulled either one of us off of that hole.
About the Author: Pam is a member of the Yakangler.com Pro Staff team, Hobie Fishing Team, CanoeKY Pro Team and Columbia Pro team. She is the President of the Kentucky Kayak Fishing Association where "Yaks Give Back". Their objectives include environmental clean up projects, working with Special Olympics and wounded veterans, and promoting the growth of kayak fishing and safety in our state.
Pam is also the author of ShesAManiYak.com and can be found on Twitter @shesaManiYak.