It's been exactly 3 months and 4 days since the last time I swam on open water in the Ranger. When I think of it that way, winter doesn't seem too long at all. Heck, I feel like I just got out of that bad boy. Well anyway, here we go again, and this time we are a few days ahead of schedule. Typically we would just start thinking about getting the boat out of storage, but I'm actually bummed that I didn't get it out sooner. The reason? First, we are going to have a flood coming up soon which will likely end the season early, and secondly, they swines are already smacking.
Yesterday Mitch, Bails and I snuck away from the grindstones of work a little early to enjoy the day and see what was happening on the flowing waters. This proved to be a good choice, because the water was much warmer than I expected, and the fish were literally smacking the jigs. It took about 2 to 3 minutes to land the firs one. We found a pod of fish stacked in a likely haunt and caught our share. Not that we weren't happy with the fish, but they weren't exactly up to our size standards - so we moved on.
As the afternoon quickly came to a wrap, we struck gold. I found a little teenie tiny cut that was loaded with some very nice fish. It was everything you could dream of in a first time fishing outing. Numbers and size! Not to mention the great company in the boat. As the sun faded, we quickly snapped some scenic shots over the river banks and as luck would have it, the final piece to our puzzle latched on the jig. A swine that shook her head like no other. It doesn't get any better than that!
Here's a quick tip if you want to fish the river. Do it now. If you wait a few days or weeks, it's likely to be all over. We are about a week or two ahead of schedule, but floods and high water are predicted which will make this feat impossible. It's time... Until next time, keep on livin' the dream!