I was there before 7, got in a few minutes early, and as I pedaled out I passed two very niced sized LMBs cruising in 4 or 5 feet of water in the ramp.
I made it to the island by 7:15 or so. As the sun came up, the sky was totally clear, the water dead calm, no wind, which is unusual for this lake since it is up high and surrounded by open areas.
Hmm? Last week, I had 3 nice LMBs in 5 or 6 of my first casts. Today, it wasn't like that and I had to work for my first fish. Most of mine were high quality, see the pic, and three were in the 3 lbs. range I'd guess with nice girths.
I left the island (they were in shallower yesterday) and headed over to the dam to fish parallel to the dam along the rip rap. I "back down" the dam in reverse with my Propel 10 and fan cast trying to see what depth they are biting. Hmm? No luck.
At the spillway, I hooked my brush clip up to a cable connecting the orange barrels and I made a few casts and drop off the concrete wall. Others, JJ and Kevin come to mind, have had good luck out there in that really deep water. On my 3rd or 4th cast, something slammed my worm and I thought I had a monster. Not so much, a very dark fish but 3 at the most, likely a bit less. This one was a fighter. I made a critical mistake and let the fish get too close to the orange barrel and he twisted himself up in the cable. I had to grab and remove the fish with my fish grips (I love these things!) and then I was able to unwind the mess. I could have easily guided the fish away but sort of had a lapse in judgment letting it get tangled up. It cost me about 10 minutes of fishing time.
Back to the island, this time fishing it more on its south and west side, boom, I pick up 2 more there rather fast. Then, an angler in a nice bass boat, nice guy, told me there were some small fish over between the rock bumps. I cruised over there, caught one that bit me on the drop just a few feet off the side of my kayak. He was about a pounder.
6 fish: 3 around 3 lbs., 2 around 2.5 lbs., then a one pounder.
Well, one more time to the south east ledge off the island, why is it always this way, and I hook into a very strong fish which runs super fast across my bow, port to starboard, I really seem to have a great hook set, it jumps, and "flips me off." It is so hard to say what a fish might weigh like that, but I can say that it was a much larger LMB than those I did catch.
But, a landing ratio of 6 out of 7, so not bad.
So, better sized fish, but about half my summer average of "numbers caught" drop shotting. I think the clear skies and windless lake hurt. The wind did pick up at noon and helped me catch my last 3.
Equipment and stuff: St. Croix 7', med/fast, Gamakatsu drop shot hook with the swivel and the cinch clip for a second piece of line down to the sinkers. Gosh, this helps save hooks.
I got rid of the 40 or so yards of fluoro I had reeled in where everything off my reel in a cast was all fluro. I just don't like some of its characteristics casting it straight like that. So, I clipped it off and just tied on a 7' fluoro leader which gives me the invisibility and works just as well.
Carlos sent me some heavy duty drop shot hooks but they didn't make in the mail on Friday. I want to try an idea I have for catching bigger fish with bigger hooks. It'll have to wait for next time. The hooks did come in Saturday and they look great. I got some as large as 4/0s.
Lots of fun. Again, the lake was almost empty, maybe 5 kayakers, 3 boats of various sizes.