It has been several months since I have fished the local lake. Despite it being a little early in the year I broke out the float tube, grabbed some crawlers and went to answer the call. I hit several of my "go to spots" with no luck and decided to hit a small cove that always looked good. Found them there.
This was the first sunfish of the year. Nothing spectacular, but the first is always a little special. Probably about 6 inches long and full of fight.
They came slowly and steadily after that. I was using my normal rig of a small unpainted jighead tipped with a piece of crawler. I had to lower it straight down to the bottom and then raise it about 2 inches off the bottom and twitch it really gentle like. The hits were very soft. If it was too high or too close to the bottom the fish got lockjaw. Sort of a precision type of fishing but it paid off with about a dozen nice fish.
This was the big fish of the day. He was just less than 9 inches and pretty stocky.
All fish were released to fight another day. It felt really good to get the tube on the water after a few months. It was a little windy today but not too bad. The tube rode high in the water and the fish were biting. Can't ask for much more than that in a day.