Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Trip With my Son After the Kentucky Spots on Smith Lake

Monday, my son and I left the house at 5 AM for a daylight fishing trip on Smith Lake. I seldom get to fish with Jason, because he is in school and that has taken up pretty much all his time for the past two years. We were going to fish for some of the Kentucky Spots using the fly rod and also to see if there were still any crappie left in the area I fish Saturday. Starting at 5:30 AM has not produced the fish I consider good this season, and Tuesday was in the same lane. The first fish came at 7:30, with one of the crappie in the same area where I had success Saturday. Jason and I spent about an hour in the honey hole and landed 6 more slabs using the smoke and glitter curly tail grub with the redhead jig. The fish this time was bigger and slower to hit. I suspect the reason for the low numbers was the fact that we had caught all of them or the on off hit factor crappie process. Leaving the crappie area we decided to start looking for shade, because the sun had taken over most of the banks where we had fished earlier. If you are going to fish Smith with top water lures, you need to look for shade after the sun comes up because the lake is so clear the fish can see you at a considerable distance. It also helps to wear dark clothing instead of white or bright clothing. The Kentucky Spots on this lake have seen it all and are very weary of anything that threatens them. So you need every advantage you can muster. With that said, we pulled up on a steep rock wall bank near the dam where Jason did a long shoot cast that propelled his size 8 little white popper right next to the rock wall. He let the popper set motionless for a few second before he gently moved it, which produced a violet hit yielding a 16” Spot. He had quite a fight on his 8 ½ ft. 4 wt fly rod. He played the fish to perfection and eventually landed it. This is what makes fly fishing so exciting and challenging is the play and landing a fish that is most of the time superior to the tackle you are using. It is the fish and you and sometimes the fish wins and sometime you win. I noticed something on this trip that may make the next trip even more productive, which is popper size. The larger poppers haven’t produced as well this season so today was a test using smaller poppers, which really worked well getting the larger spots to hit. Before we left Jason and I landed 6 more spots and one largemouth, all on the white popper with the white legs. It was a great trip with my son whom I very seldom get to fish with. I hope we can make many more trips after he graduates. 
                A nice slab Jason landed from that little nook     
Great Kentucky Spot on the 4 wt.
Mouth full of white popper
This little popper took all the abuse it could from those mean Kentucky Spots            

                                                                   

10 comments:

blake said...

that had to be a blast on a 4wt, thats a great warm up for memorial day weekend.

e.m.b. said...

A wonderful day! I hope you get more fishing in with your son soon!

Mel said...

Congratulations to you and the Son for getting out and having a little guy time together. Nice job under some somewhat tough conditions.

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
The 4wt --8 1/2 ft. has got to be the best I have found to fish the small and medium size poppers on this lake. You get the maximum test of your skills to land a quality spot. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

E.M.B.
True I always enjoy getting on the water with Jason. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The wind was a big factor on Monday, and with the fly rod the poppers are out, but the nymphs still can be used. Thanks for the comment

Troutdawg said...

Sweet report thanks!

Sanders said...

Really nice post. Glad you got to enjoy the day with your son!

Bill Trussell said...

Troutdawg
Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Sanders
This trip brought back some great memories of us fishing together when he was in high school. Thanks for the comment