I gotup at 5 AM today to get ready for a morning of fishing at our local lake. At about three minutes after 5 the lightning and thunder started and lasted for about 45 minutes. Then it was steady rain. When my fishin pardner showed up a while later he wanted to know if we were still on ad as I slipped on my rain gear he said "I'll take that as a yes". lol
It was still dripping when we walked down onto the dock but with the temps well into the 50's and hardly any wind it really wasn't a hardship. Each of us got a crappie on our first casts so that pretty much took our minds off the inclement weather. We fished for 3 1/2 hours and during that time landed right around 80 crappies and a couple super sized sunfish, one of which was just a hair shy of 11 inches.
My buddy Ron has this thing for using waxies but he didn't have time to get into his stash of the little critters today. All plastic with three color combos holding court: purple/chartreuse tail, blue/chartreuse tail and gunmetal/chartreuse tail. The 1.5" Thump-It and a 1.5" stinger from bass tackle in those three colors kept us both very busy.
The crappie shown here is about the smallest of those we caught today. Today was the first day a sunfish was taken from this dock this spring and it was also the first day any smallies were caught. I got three smallies, but none real large. about 16 inches was tops but not bad for a smallie at this time of year. In a couple weeks the larger fish will be all over this particular shoreline and then we'll see some 19 to 20 inchers. The big guys will be around for a week or so then they shift to deeper water and further down the lake until they are ready to spawn.
The water temp was down one degree from last week's temp on the same day. The rain is supposed to usher in some weather changes that include snow flurries and colder air so this nice bite might be getting a door slammed on it. Its time for the boat now though and the next trip will likely be in that. Still, from a dock the fishing today was super.