Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Barn, Rhododendron's, Spots, and Big Bulls


I made an outing today with my son. He had a day off so we decided to fish the lower end of Ryan Creek on Smith Lake. We were at the lake at daylight which is the best time to land quality fish using the poppers. The morning started off with a bang when my son landed a nice 18 spot using an olive Wooly Bugger. The fish gave the 9 ft. 4wt. all it could handle by stripping drag numbers of times before Jason finally landing the fish. Nothing was happening on top, and the morning was slow especially after the sun came up. I will be making another trip tomorrow in hopes of adding to my bluegill goal---stay tuned.
Not big but quite a fight on the 4 wt he hit the size 6 crawfish
Jason with his 18" spot--they never quite fighting
This was a male spot caught in one of the many tree tops on Ryan Creek
The Rhododendron's are in full bloom all over the lake
One of three Bull Bluegills I landed using the size 6 crawfish--really surprised the bluegill's hit this pattern--but these big boys must have been hungry---I am now 53 away from my goal!!
Spot went after the size 10 Betts Popper--this was the only fish on top all morning
There are a lot of big homes on Smith Lake, if I was offered any home on Smith this would have to be my favorite. This house was moved from the country side in New York. All the rafters, floor joist, exposed beams inside the house and parts of the interior walls were removed from a barn in the area. The sun room in this house is setting out over the water; steel beams which is anchored in the rocks support the sun room itself. The garage is off to the right. The house is actually called the barn.
Another view of this outstanding home on Smith

22 comments:

Anthony Gardner said...

Amazing! Spotted bass sound like a lot of fun to go after. And that bluegill is a monster. I don't think I've ever seen them that big before. Can you eat that size? Thanks for the fun read!

Ricky Anderson said...

Those are some beautiful fish! And the house isn't bad either! That looks like an awesome time on the

Trout MaGee said...

Man those are some nice fish!!!! My favorite would have to be that huge Bluegill, great color on it. Great pics,thanks for sharing. Tight Lines.

Brookfield Angler said...

Sounds like a great day with your son. The top water bite is getting off to a slow start here in the Chicagoland area as well. Despite our early warm weather that we had, spawning is just now starting to happen. I suspect it will be in full swing in a couple more weeks and then it's top water time!

Chris Barclay said...

Excellent, Bill! That 'gill is a beaut! I like the history on the Barn too - I'd take it too.

riverwalker34 said...

Quit having such a good year!!!! :)

Blake Hamilton said...

is it just me or are the bluegills getting bigger?

Shoreman said...

I think a house on a lake like that is the ultimate. Good as long as it doesn't get snow. I'm tired of snow.

Mark

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
I just wonder sometimes if my wife and I lived on the lake; would I fish as much?? Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I sure hope they are, the big ones spoil you. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
This trip will be my second this week with two more planned. Yes too much fun. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Chris
The prize of the Barn plus the lot was 900,000.00--great looking house but a little over priced. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brook
Looking forward to some great post with the poppers when the spawn begins. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Trout
The bluegills are really colorful right after you get them out of the water. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
I am in my second phase of my fishing career-it use to be bass all the time--now with the fly rod it is more bluegill, bass, and of course trout. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Anthony
The big ones are delicious and of course a blast to land on a 3 or 4 wt. fly rod. I hope to land some even bigger before the spawn is over--I am 53 away from my goal of landing 100 during the spawning period. Thanks for the comment

Kevin Frank said...

Nice house, that is one long skinny bass.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I said this bass was a male--no it is a female, who had spawned--all eggs gone. Thanks for the comment

Sanders said...

What a day! Fun to have days like that on the water...I'm with MaGee, that gill is awesome.

...yeah, that house isn't bad either.

J. said...

Nice 18 in bass! and the blue gill was looking great too. haven't been blue gillin' in a while, I'm going to have to go soon!

Bill Trussell said...

Sanders
I hope to get to fish with my son more now that is hours have changed. He is an avid fly fisherman just like his Dad. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

J
The big bluegill on the fly rod is awesome. Thanks for the comment