Gosh, I read about the "naked man" at the Lake Athens Boat Ramp. For those who don't know what Kerry is writing about, there is a really full accounting of it in the bass forum: a guy pushes his car into the water, it sinks, he disappears for about an hour out there somewhere in the darkness in the water, then comes and turns himself in." Weird.
I ended up getting the call that my "replacement" kayak had arrived from the factory (see pic below), took off to get it so I'd have it for the weekend. Floated it for just a few minutes that same late afternoon (Friday), then I went out yesterday for 6 hours and had a blast fishing and further testing its capacities. We went from a scorching hot day on Friday . . . to really nice weather, as late July goes, yesterday.
I wanted to mention to others that the bite I was getting on artificials all year long, including consistent big bluegills on almost every outing, has really diminished. Maybe weather related, seasonal? So, for anyone who goes out to Lake Athens now, the proof is in Kerry's and Flag's current photos as it looks like both successfully used live bait tactics and did very well.
I'd hate to think someone is reading about how great the lake is for panfishing and takes the wrong stuff out.
Hmm? There should be some deeper water habitats, certainly there'd be for crappie I suppose, but gills, too. I'll check with my neighbor and see what he recommends.
No naked men to report from Saturday!
P.S. I wonder why photos taken with a phone and that are oriented properly on the computer sometimes "rotate" when posted???