This past weekend I had a chance to go fly fishing with one of my fishing club's. The Michigan Fly Fishing Club had their annual Small Mouth Bass Outing. I have attended this event before, but this year was an epic weekend of fishing for me. The outing actually started on Thursday but because of work requirements I could not leave until Friday Afternoon. Which was fine as it turned out the weather sucked Thursday and Friday.
I arrived in Port Austin around 7:00 PM. It was cold, raining and the wind was blowing, not good for a fly fisherman. Got checked into the Motel and unpacked my gear. Visited for a while with some club members around the fire and hit the sack.
Got up early Saturday morning around 5:30 am. I'm an early riser when it comes to fishing. I suffer from HFD, Hyper Fishing Disorder. I headed into town and had some hot breakfast, and can't forget the coffee. The temps were right at freezing both Saturday and Sunday morning's. But thank God they warmed up nicely each day in the fifties
The best bite for these pre-spawn fish was between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. I saw a 6 degree temperature swing both days during that time and the bite was on. I landed over 40 fish Sat in 6 hrs. of fishing. And Sunday only fished for 3 hrs. on Sunday and hooked another 15 fish. Both days 10-12:00 was the magic time.
The fish were out deep, staging near the shallow water. I saw no beds yet. Usually this time of year there is beds everywhere. We timed it just perfect. The big girls were looking for a place to spawn when the temperature gets right. I just got lucky that's all.
There is nothing better than a giant small mouth with shoulders pulling drag and bending your rod. My biggest fish was 22 inches and 5 lbs. My personal best on the fly. The weekend was enjoyed by all. Everyone was truly a class act and can't wait till next year.
Did I mention the club had a drawing for a grand prize. Which was a Scott A-4 7 wt. 9 ft. rod. I will give you one guess who won that $400 rod? I know right; now you want me to buy your lottery tickets.
I leave you with this today on luck and Fat Girls:
"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" Thomas Jefferson
I dedicate this song to the Fat Girls out there getting ready to spawn! Thanks to the fish for cooperating, I will take a Fat Girl any day on a Fly Rod.
Over 50 People showed up for Small Mouth Outing this year.
Map of the thumb portion of Michigan
Fridays Overcast Skies
A rough looking survivor of Polar Vortex 2014
Good message to spread at Eagle Bay
BIG GIRLS NEED LOVING TOO!
Great Video check the trailer
Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD - Trailer from Mangled Fly Media on Vimeo.