The second day on Frances Case was a bit breezy. Pam nailed the first fish a white bass that had the nerve to put up a struggle. It was promptly returned to the lake, but she had a good time.
Coming off the ramp we met a fisherman coming back in and it was only 8 AM. Our guide was friends with the fisherman and the people in the boat and he hollered, “A fisherman’s luck is a wet butt and a hungry gut.” Obviously their luck was poor.
Wind was a bit of a problem and boat control got really difficult. Even with the equipment the guide has, fishing was tough. We were still using lead core line with the two outer rods that were teamed with the planer boards. We fished under the bridge down the lake to a location that held trees standing in 50 feet of water. Right above the trees 30 feet deep was where the fish were hanging out.
We started working just north of the bridge and then motored south into the wind. It was rough and the picture does not do the swells justice. We were working those six rods with two over the back and two out each side. The far outside was using a planer board.
The trees that we fished over are about twenty feet above the bottom and the tops are thirty feet above the bottom. The goal is to keep the plugs just above the tree tops. The fish are lying in that zone to about five feet above. The wind continued to pick up and it would spit a little rain. The weather forecast was way off and we had brought our rain suits. Pam put on her rain jacket and pulled up the hood on both her jackets. As long as she is warm and comfortable, all is well. If she gets cold and wet the day is done. It is important that she is along, because, when Pam is catching fish, the guide and I catch fish.
Pam in Nepal with two Holy Men. For ten bucks they will give you perpetual good luck and good health. I think it is working because whether I am hunting or fishing, she is along and the good luck is with me.
We motored down underneath the bridge and went about two miles. The guide’s boat was on auto pilot and it followed the old river bank fifty below us. Generally it is total hands off fishing, but with the wind the guide was earning his money managing the boat. We were not getting strike one but graphing fish. The problem with the fish finders is they locate fish without telling you what is it. (How is that for baloney) We turned and headed north with the wind.
Boat control was much better with the wind. All we did was graph fish with no strikes. Halfway to the bridge Pam’s side rod bent over and she started cranking in a fish. It was a nice catch about 17″ which is a good fish for Francis Case. What was interesting the fish did not hit it, but as she noticed, the rod just bent over. Giving it a few seconds she tightened up the line and reeled slowly. Close to the boat we could see it and the fish was netted. This lifted our spirits and we continued on to the bridge.
We are moving with the wind, and it is more pleasant, but we are not catching a thing and the waves are getting bigger.
Rod with a planer board. We used lead core line. Just look straight up from the bottom of the picture and you can see the planer board.
We got to the bridge and the guide said, “We are out of here. Only one fish and they are just not biting at this location.” The plan was to motor up the lake ten miles or so, get out of the wind, and work a location he knew of that held fish on the flats about 50 feet from shore. Sounds good to me.
Up north we swung into a bend in the river and were out of the wind. The water held just a light ripple. We put out the six rods with a planer board on each side, another rod one each side and two over the back. This is fishing with all this ammunition out and we should should have some good luck.
This is one of my favorite spots on Frances Case and we started to graph fish.
We started picking up fish in the 15 to 17 inch range. A few 14 inchers were promptly returned to get bigger, and in an hour we were done and had limited out. We fished with Berkley Flicker Shads and again had great luck when we found active fish.
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A good morning.
Good Hunting, good fishing, and good luck, Hank.