Lily wanted some more fish for her tacos, so she grabbed her cast net and tried taking some Tilapia off the beds. Her cast were perfect but it is a 4 ft. net and the spread wasn't quite enough to keep them from shooting past the perimeter. She is a smart girl though, so she hedged her bet a bit by also throwing out a chum bag before we left. That evening when we returned, it was crawling with turtles and a big catfish that we ended up scaring away.
During the last hour of light, the turtles were an issue. She couldn't make a cast any where without them swimming over to grab her bait. Lily made her chum slick with a cloth bag, old hamburger and liverwurst. Her bait was duck hearts and livers, which is apparently a favorite among soft shell turtles. You can see how long their necks are in the picture, and I don't recommend extending it like this on a larger one, but it is the easiest way to get the hook without getting bit by the smaller ones. It is more than a little painful when they snap down, but with the neck already extended he can't reach any further. Make sure you have a pair of pliers handy, otherwise cut the line.
Lily also made a new friend named Spike. He is a beautiful English Bull dog with the greatest personality. I always wanted one of these but his owner told me that the snoring, flatulence, and drooling were driving him crazy. Yea, but that face, what a beautiful animal, and I think my wife was a bit jealous when she saw the pics.
This dog turned out to be a catfish magnet, because once he showed up, the line ran and instead of turtle soup it was catfish tacos. It's a good thing too, because we were almost out of duck innards and I needed to get up early for work.
Lily bagged a couple of butters, and I bagged filet knife duty for the second day in a row. I admit it, I prefer the catching part, but I do love fish tacos, so someone has to clean them.
I took 7 more bass yesterday, and still no size, but they are all coming off the weed line. My supply of watermelon red sticks was running low, but I had found a bag of Gene Larew Salt Flickas that I had misplaced months ago. These are great, if you're ever looking for a substitute or change from the typical stick, I recommend these. My favorite colors are sooner run, smoke pumpkin pepper neon, and red bug. You can't go wrong with these, I was using the smoke pumpkin pepper neon, which has a dark top with red flake and a lighter belly with lots of orange and green flake. I love this color this time of year, and on a worm hook, no weight, with a spinning rod, you can cast this just as far as most stick baits. It was great on the weed line but it is also deadly worked over beds.
Happy Easter, I thank God for the fish, the time I had with my daughter yesterday, and most importantly for the gift of His Son, that trumps anything I could ever have or catch here. God Bless, and I hope you enjoy some good hook sets this month.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.