So you think you're hard? I have witnessed this guy in a fight for two days straight.
From sun up till sun down he defends his territory against another male intruder. The intruders feathers are ruffled and tattered, so he knows he's making progress. This cardinal is the epitome of Angry Bird, and the male he can't stand is a perfect mimic. He antagonizes this guy with perfect mimicry of his every action. "Oh, stop mocking me," my little, red friend says, as he crashes into his reflection time and time again.
I found a few bass beds behind the house, but there is a lot of other commotion in the shallows too. The Tilapia have moved in here to spawn and some of them are quite large. They are also quite aggressive, like most cichlids are, and given the size of some of these fish, I would think they make a huge impact in these spawning areas.
Lily through a cast net for some bait, and caught this pretty red ear. This is definitely bass forage and should be taken into consideration. A beautiful little fish.
The bass beds I found were very spread out, and when you see several beds in close proximity to each other, that is usually going to be Tilapia or Sun fish later in the season. The bass are much more solitary with their nesting preferences, and what looks easy can be a wash if you are not willing to change up your approach.
I took a total of seven fish, mostly off a Big Bite's Lizard, but I had to go back in and grab a spinning outfit to do so. The spinning rod allowed me to fish the lizard weightless, and since I could see the bass then they could also see me, and they were spooky. I love the Biffle O lizards, but they were just a bit too much in the larger size that I have, so I switched to the big bite, a Stank X bluegilla, and I caught one on a craw. With no weight it entered the water making less noise than the frogs that were slapping minnow in the muck. Spawning bass look easy, but its not a guaranteed thing, so when they are shallow like this I recommend some finesse. They smashed lizard with vigor, and I even took two on top by recasting to the same bass and speeding up the retrieve. Others just picked it up in their beds and one turned out to be a Warmouth. Nothing big, but after I'm done with some projects at work tomorrow, I am off for two weeks. Time to check some other places.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.