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Sunday, 27 November 2011

After the storm bass fishing.

Earlier this afternoon we had a violent storm, lost of noise, gale force wind, but very little rain.

About an hour after the storm the dogs once again forced me to go fishing, (the three of them gang up on me so what can I do). On the way to the bottom dam I took the photo below.

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After the storm.

The only place that's fishable at the moment at the bottom dam is from the dam wall itself. All round the rest of the dam is a broad weed bed. Problem was that the wind was blowing right at me making casting difficult. I was fishing with a small muddlers minnow , basically letting the wind blow it back to me on the surface, just giving it a twitch now and then, and keeping the line tight. As I started to lift the fly the bass below struck. Whether it was waiting in ambush or followed the fly I can't tell. Fortunately I was using a 2x leader with 3x tippet so I was able to wrestle it out of the weeds.

Pose for a quick photo.

On my way home later my right of way was challenged by this fresh water crab on the dam wall of the smaller dam just below my cottage.

Not more than 3 inches across but quite willing to defend itself.


Desiree said...

Oh, yes, I can believe the dogs had to 'force' you to go fishing! Wonderful picture of that sky, Phillip. We've had strong SE winds for the past three days with no sign of it letting up yet! So, I'm might peeved to hear you had so little rain. When it blows this badly here, I'm always able to console myself that it's raining well in your part of the world as well as further north. That makes me more gracious about accepting the lousy weather we have at the same time.
It's so amazing to watch those little crabs ready to put up a fight, isn't it? Such a lot of gumption they possess!

Desiree said...

mightily peeved...

Jo said...

Ah Phil, I like your dogs' style! That 's a nice bass you caught in those conditions. And the crab looks ready to take you on! Remember how we rescued a little bird (Yellow bishop)in that smal dam when we visited you in Jan 2008? Love and blessings, Jo xxx

Gorges Smythe said...

Congrats on the bass. A three inch crab, what a pity - too small to eat!