February fish. That’s what we name fish which are simply flat out turned off. You realize, like they so typically are in February. But it surely doesn’t matter what month it’s, actually. When you may sit on a thick faculty for hours and never get bit, we name them February fish. In February, you form of count on the chunk to be robust.
We encountered fish in a February temper on a number of journeys in January this yr, however that we’re now nicely into February, the chunk appears a complete lot stronger. Or no less than it did the opposite day.
It had been two weeks since I’d been out, however as soon as I obtained the boat moist the opposite day (the twenty third), it didn’t take lengthy to get bit.
The heavy present and considerably muddy water following the rain and its accompanying snow soften up within the northwest nook earlier within the week, despatched me up river from the launch. When the river will get quick and soiled, that’s the place I’ve typically discovered the fats women bunching up and chowing down.
But it surely didn’t look very promising as I headed in that path, as I used to be barely marking any fish as soon as I obtained north of Two Mile Island. I lastly discovered a small faculty of fish on sidevision, simply earlier than I obtained to the mouth of the Naugy. Shut down the Yamaha and dropped the electrical within the water. Connected on the second solid.
And, I misplaced it 10 toes from the boat.
That’s a worth you typically pay whenever you fish barbless to make releasing the little guys simpler. Shedding that fish although, led me to modify from my mild rod with the barbless 3/8 oz head and 4.5″ delicate plastic, to a heavier rod with a 3/4 oz head that carried a 7″ bait. That was barbless as nicely, however the operative idea in play right here was that the longer it took to land a giant fish, the extra alternative it needed to get itself disconnected, and consequently, the decrease your likelihood of touchdown it. And it nearly at all times takes longer to land a hefty fish on mild spinning gear & 10# check line than on a beefy casting rod spooled with 20.
Sadly, your probabilities of touchdown a giant one actually go down when you may’t get one to chunk within the first place, and that gave the impression to be the issue I used to be having with the heavier head and greater bait.
Earlier than lengthy, I’d misplaced contact with the college, and couldn’t appear to find them once more, so I used to be headed south in fairly quick order. And once I subsequent stopped to fish, I robotically reached for the sunshine rod and small bait that I’d hooked the primary fish on.
It’s not that I didn’t strive different issues. I had sufficient rigged rods with me that I didn’t have to spend time tying knots to supply them some selection. However each chunk I had, aside from a lone perhaps on the A Rig, got here on that little sizzling flash purple deal on the sunshine rod and light-weight line. Possibly it was the smaller bait or lighter weight. Possibly it was the slower presentation it demanded. Maybe the distinctive shade and brightness of that JDM lure. Or perhaps I simply wasn’t affected person sufficient with the options.
Bought a name from Jimfish, and picked him up on the ramp, then proceeded to move down river, to take a look at the world I did greatest on once I final fished, a number of weeks earlier. Stopped right here and there alongside the way in which, and ended up down within the Sikorsky space, the place I did so nicely a pair weeks again. With the water temperature up about 5 levels since then, it felt like they need to be there now. However my tour farther downriver turned out to be just about a waste of time, and it wasn’t too awfully lengthy earlier than we have been headed again the place we got here from.
Lastly began marking fish that simply had a catchable look to them on the electronics. Longer marks on the display screen don’t essentially imply they’re larger fish. They normally point out fish which are in your depth sounder’s sign cone for an extended time frame. In the event you’re on spot lock or transferring very slowly on the electrical motor, lengthy marks point out fish which are transferring very slowly themselves. In my expertise, a thick (6 to 12 foot) layer of lengthy marks near backside in 25 toes of water or much less, is usually a sign of fish that ought to be keen to chew. So when I discovered fish positioned favorably, I parked on them and settled in for the remainder of my day on the water. It turned out to be the correct resolution. Began catching them nearly as quickly as we locked in place, and the catching simply stored getting higher.
Unsure what number of we caught, however there have been extra fish over 22 than below, and 4 fish within the decrease finish of the slot for me, plus one for Jim.
I’d been planning to be off the water round one, however the fish satisfied me to remain a bit longer. When Steve and Zig got here by headed for the ramp at about 2:30, we have been nonetheless getting bit, however I figured it was time for me to move in as nicely. You form of count on February fish in February, so a gentle chunk with some high quality fish within the combine was a complete lot higher than what I’d been anticipating once I hooked the trailer up within the morning. And the flip within the climate later that night actually made me glad I took benefit of the favorable situations once I did.