Headed out to explore some new areas this weekend and it paid off! Always love catching from new waters, even more so if the fish are nice and big. As always, all fish were released to fight another day!
Saturday @the creek
Not the best photo (passerby offered to take it, appreciate the help but I'll need to coach 'em next time!), but certainly a great fish! This one was a pleasant surprise on a fairly slow day and went 20lb on the dot. All the commotion during the fight drew a crowd, even more so once the fish was out of the water and in my hands. A lady also took a photo and told me she'd put it in the sports section of "the paper." Only wish I'd thought to get the name of the publication!
Managed to net his girlfriend soon after! She ran a cool 19.5lbs. If you look on the mat, you can see a slightly red-tinged pool of water. When female carp are under stress, they can bleed from their gills. It's normal, and people who raise koi often experience this when transporting/handling fish. Explaining that to the crowd that I once again drew was actually easier than expected!
I didn't realize until ~3 hours or so after I caught the fish above, but I'd smeared a bit of blood on my shirt. I was walking around in public in a blood spattered shirt, probably not the best look. Good thing I had a spare in the car!
Caught a couple others but nothing too notable, did have a swarm of bullheads in the middle of the day that would barely bite and sit still chewing on the bait. Annoying little buggers, but some were a decent size!
Sunday exploring the flooded lake
Donovan with the first significant capture, a gorgeous 20lb 2oz Smallmouth Buffalo. The lake we were fishing was 8ft over full pool! The fish were loving all the new vegetation and food available to them and just gorging themselves.
Breaking in the new lake with a really solid fish! This brute weighed 27lbs. I absolutely love these fish! Off topic, but I think I need a haircut. Just look at that mess!
16lb buff with a huge head!
16lb 6oz, really cool to see such variety in body and head structure in these fish.
15lbs, my smallest buffalo for the day.
Donovan finishing strong with this 21lb 12oz chunk!
Of course, we did catch plenty more fish but again nothing too notable. The rest can all be found in this album here: https://imgur.com/a/sA0phFC
Needless to say with all these excellent captures I'll surely be revisiting both of these places. Can't wait to see what else lurks in the depths!