Had a once every 4 year kind of day with absolutely no responsibilities yesterday. Kids at grandparents for the week and wife away on a conference so I took full advantage and fished for 12 hours. Started at Belton for the sunrise bite. I had planned on catching smallmouth for an hour or so and then running upriver to search for crappie. Needless to say the Bass were not cooperating and I could not find any crappie hiding anywhere. This lake is all new to me so I tried to find some kind of pattern with no luck. After 6 hours I tossed in the hat with only 1 perch and 1 undersized hybrid.
In the back of mind, while waiting for the Thump I so badly needed, I kept thinking I should have gone to Granger. I fish there often and have several brush piles and know the lake pretty well. No one waiting for me at home so I loaded the boat, quick boat wash, coffee and gas stop and I was on my way to Granger. Stopped in for a burger at Lois and Jerry's in Bartlett on the way and prepared for round 2.
104 degrees on the thermometer when I arrived at the ramp. South wind at 10-12 miles an hour and light boat traffic. First pile had a keeper on the second drop and then things slowed down. Took me the rest of the afternoon to pick up 7 more. All in all a fun day but put in a lot of work for very few fish. Best fish came on small 1.5 inch plastics. The heat has slowed things down for me but ready to go again!