My final couple journeys to the Housy haven’t produced the form of motion I count on there in April. Final 12 months, my first topwater fish had been caught on March 29. Right here it’s the seventh of April, and I haven’t even had a fish do a drive by or a turnaway on something floating.
Late March and early April are additionally jerkbait time. However that hasn’t actually occurred but, both — though it does appear nearer than the topwater chunk. I truly caught one on a jerkbait on my final journey in March, so I assume that’s one thing. Sadly, it wasn’t all that a lot greater than the jerkbait.
Anyway, on April first, I made an early morning journey with Carl Lovisolo.
It was windy.
Did I point out windy?
As a result of it was.
And the fish didn’t chunk very properly.
We picked up one right here and one there. I assume Carl had 3, and I had 4 or 5. We left fairly early, when the chilly, wind and sluggish chunk received the very best of us. All my fish had been caught on the little Alewife Freaky Fish on a 3/8 ounce head proven on the high of this put up.
The fifth wasn’t as chilly, and it wasn’t anyplace close to as windy because it had been on the first. It was truly flat calm for an excellent portion of the restricted time I spent on the water. I began late, as a result of it took me some time to comprehend that it was too good a day to spend engaged on my taxes. And it was a brief outing, as a result of I needed to be residence by noon-thirty to make it to a physician’s appointment on time.
I left residence at eight and received again at quarter to 1… 4 hours and 45 minutes, much less an hour and twenty minutes or so touring and getting the boat out and in of the water, and we’re speaking three and a half hours within the boat. A large chunk of that point was spent on aircraft, looking for fish that regarded “proper” to me on the Aspect. I lined from slightly below the mouth of the Naugy to Pepe’s rock. So I in all probability solely spent 2-1/2 hours actively fishing.
There have been lots of fish up river, and all the pieces regarded and felt proper to catch them there. However I couldn’t elicit a response from a single one. I began heading down river, stopping to idle round when I discovered a college that regarded like what I wished to search out. Marked fish in lots of areas. Stopped for a couple of casts in a couple of spots. However it’s April, and expertise tells me that I needs to be caching them properly down river on jerkbaits by now.
All that working, and it turned out that I caught all however one among my fish in a single spot. However that’s why you do the working and sonar watching, isn’t it? Gotta discover them earlier than you possibly can catch them.
I threw a pair completely different jerkbaits fairly a bit and I’m fairly certain I had a pair fish give one a glance and switch away. When a fish approaches a jerkbait and shortly turns away, there’s usually a rigidity change. It’s not a lot, but when it’s fairly calm and also you’re actually in tune together with your lure, you possibly can sense it, regardless that the fish by no means truly touched the lure. Additionally, for those who’re paying consideration and the floor is calm, a couple of seconds later, you may even see the slightest disturbance on the water’s floor, far behind your lure. Kind of a really mild, whirlpool like swirl. Each the stress change and the attainable floor disturbance are attributable to the water motion from the fish’s sturdy tail sweep because it pivots and darts away. It’s not as apparent as when a fish turns away from a floor or close to floor bait, but when it’s a giant, broom-tailed fish, that disturbance will finally attain the floor, even when the lure was 4 or 5 toes down.
I lastly caught one — on a jig and plastic, not a jerkbait — a brief distance north of the ability traces. Spent the following 45 minutes making an attempt to catch one other. It was getting awfully near solely an hour or so of fishing time left.
I headed north to the place the college that me most on the journey down river had been. A part of its attractiveness was that it was the warmest water I’d discovered. Heck, at 48.1°, it would’ve been the warmest water I’ve seen since final October! The fish had been nonetheless there, and it appeared to me like they had been extra quite a few than after I’d idled across the space a pair hours earlier.
I put the Terrova on spot lock in the midst of the fish, in order that whichever path I forged, I’d be displaying my lure to fish. Grabbed the spinning rod with the sunshine jig head and small (4.5″) Freaky Fish I’d caught my one fish on. Identical setup I’d caught all or most of my fish on the final couple journeys, truly.
It wasn’t quick and it wasn’t livid. However in rather less than an hour earlier than I needed to head for the trailer, I had10 bites, hooked 8 fish and misplaced just one. Six of the seven I caught had been within the 20 to 24 inch vary. What I name respectable schoolies. On the sunshine spinning gear, they put up a decent battle.
The opposite fish was a smidgeon over 36-1/2″. Fairly chunky, too. Oddly, till I received it inside a rod size or two of the boat, it didn’t pull all that a lot tougher than the schoolies. As soon as it was shut although, it determined that it didn’t actually need to come aboard, and dug onerous for the underside. I
was lastly capable of get it boatside, seize it’s decrease lip and swing it aboard for a fast selfie. My first over-slot of the 12 months!
Trying ahead to truly catching some on topwater in one other week or so!