Post by hankinsfly on May 21, 2018 18:41:11 GMT -6
Hit the bass pond on Saturday. Went on lack of sleep after a turbulent night of on-call. Had a great morning of fishing with a number of big bass caught. All fish caught on a 2/0 black/purple rabbit strip/laser dub streamer and a bucktail/flashy shad color streamer thing less than 20' from the bank. Biggest fish was the one in the selfie, a true 5 lber. Tossed a topwater fly for a while with no looks. I'm fishing a 6wt at this pond so these big bass are a lotta fun. After having a cigar, I strung up the 1940's bamboo and caught a few nice brim on a popper. The wind was howling most of the day so the casting was more like lobbing- luckily the bass were close to the bank. Was lucky enough to see a few fish ambush the fly maybe 8' from the bank. Went out the next morning, but with all the rain and storms the night before, fish were inactive. Didn't stay long. When I left, I saw the craziest thing ( should really go in the thread about the coolest things you've seen while fishing.) I saw something down the road that looked like a jackrabbit. Then a red tail hawk swooped down on it, and it turned it to be a great horned owl! Incredible sight! I have a fascination for both owl and red tail hawks. However, turned out the owl was possibly injured. He tried to fly away after being swooped by the hawk, but just flopped in the bar ditch. I was able to drive up to him and get some pics. Either he was injured from the storm or a vehicle, with a foot injury, and I suspect he was too wet to fly. Could've had an injured wing as well. I actually did try to get the owl with a towel and a box with the intention of taking him to the inured animal hospital place. He wouldn't let me get close enough though to help him, and would flop and fly about 10' anytime I approached him. The efforts to get him though pushed him back far away from the road, which made me feel better about the situation. I'd rather that cool bird die by coyote than by truck and get smashed into the gravel honestly. Like I said, I'm interested in these cool birds of prey. Anyway, turned out to be a cool weekend of outdoorsing. Looking forward to the next.