Woke up bright and early this morning and decided on a whim to hit the local lake. I was on the water a little before 6 and it was incredibly peaceful. As I was paddling the tube across the lake I had a friendly beaver come by to say hello. He must have been curious about the tube because he swam an entire circle around me before heading off to do whatever important beaver stuff he had on the agenda. I took it as a good sign.
As is normally the case on Athens, the sunfish were ready and willing. I began to get into fish almost immediately and the action was pretty much non-stop until about 9 or so.
For the most part the fish were pretty good. Most of them ran a solid 7=8 inches with a few dinks thrown in the mix. I didn't keep count but I know I took at least 35 fish today. There were about 10 fish that would have been between 9 and 10 inches. Got 4 or 5 shellcrackers and 1 redbreast with the rest being gills and gill hybrids. As I was getting ready to leave my favorite spot I had a big snapping turtle surface less than 5 feet from me. That is one of the reasons I love a float tube, nothing is spooked by it.
Wrapped up the day of fishing in a little cove across from the boat ramp. It was full of little fish but I did get one decent gill and one pretty good shellcracker. Bad thing was I had a boat with 2 clowns in it that decided to pretty much crowd me out. I have never seen that boat before and one of the clowns asked me if I fished the lake much because they wanted to get into the big sunfish. I told them this was the first time I had fished it and I couldn't help them with the big sunfish. I figured if they were going to crowd me out I'd just relinquish the spot without giving them any info on where else to fish. Crowding a float tube with a boat is pretty dangerous for the guy in the tube and I didn't appreciate it much.
When I got to my haul out place Brad R was waiting for me. He is a heck of a nice guy and we spent a few minutes shooting the bull and telling fish stories. Everything I caught today was released to fight another day. With the exception of the clowns in the boat it was a really good morning on the water.