We had some crazy weather here last night. Thunderstorms with some serious lightning quite close. Wind, of course. Several waves of storms ahead of a cold front. I had no idea what I'd find at the lake north of here but as long as I couldn't sleep beyond 5AM I got dressed and headed out to the dock. Good move today.
For once the wind was actually favorable from the dock and allowed me some wiggle room to make a few long casts....good thing because as soon as I went long and deep, dinner was quickly becoming reality. Color fussy little dinks today though. Purple/chartreuse tailed 1.5" Thump-Its started things off. Then I went to the 2" Thumper Fry and banged a couple. I tried a 2 1/2" Fry but that was too large apparently and by the time I figured that out the bite seemed to have softened up. I wanted a couple more for the knife but plastic had just gone dead so I dug out the 1" Gulp minnows and from that point on it was game on.
I had to get my casts out to a deep break where 6 foot water fell off into about 12. I had to set the float at about 8 feet to get bit, but when that sucker sat up after the jig got to the end of free line it would bob in the waves about three times and simply disappear.
I got a variety of blacks today between 10 1/2" and 13". I sorted out five in the 11 inch range for dinner tonight. All told I maybe docked twenty fish. In spite of the previous day's weather and todays rising water and even after a cold front the fish were happy to make me happy, or so it seemed. A buddy and I are doing the boat tomorrow so maybe pictures then. I had the phone but left it in the van and was too lazy to climb the stairs to go get. You all know what a black crappie looks like and no none had that fancy stripe. lol Today's fish appeared to be mostly males but a couple really chunk 13" fish looked to have spawn so they definitely went back. It was a really great morning to fish with the temperature right at 60 the whole while I was there.