You could possibly believe that that a tiny creek is not excellent for much other than catching a handful of dozen minnows for crappie fishing or some crayfish for smallmouth bass. I utilized to assume so much too, until eventually I waded a compact creek close to my property catching bait for following working day. Most of the creek was only inches deep, but there were being pool listed here and there that were being knee deep and just one lengthy pool with a riffle upstream that was hip deep. Could there be smallmouth bass in people swimming pools? I would caught and unveiled some 3- to 4-inch bronzebacks in my minnow seine, so maybe there were being some more substantial kinds all around. I made the decision to see.
A few of times later on I was back again just previous dawn with a little ultralite rod and miniature reel loaded with 4 pound test line. I experienced a “deal with box” in my shirt pocket with a few of eighth ounce white Roostertail spinners, a tiny Mepps spinner, a BeetleSpin, and a few of compact black jigs rigged with twistertails. I started off with a white Roostertail and under no circumstances received any further. My fishing was accomplished downstream so I would be in a position to work the spinner incredibly gradually and hold the blade flashing, and started off my casting at the to start with knee deep pool.
Bang! A smallmouth bass flashed out from beneath the undercut financial institution, slammed into my spinner, and went skyward when he felt the hook. The fish jumped 2 times much more and gave my tiny rod a nice workout in advance of he arrived to hand and was unveiled. A incredibly awesome eight ounce bass. A handful of much more casts and I caught one more, then attained the deeper pool, and took two much more just down below the riffle. Then I worked the lengthy pool from conclude to conclude and caught 9 much more bass. It was great exciting. These stream smallmouths were being energetic and offended with high leaps and pink eyes gleaming each individual time.
They averaged five to eight ounces, but fought out of all proportion to their sizing, and I did capture just one “whopper” that would have pulled the scales down to practically a pound. Stream bass in these small waters you should not feel to be huge at any time, or possibly they head downstream when they attain a selected sizing, and glance for a handy lake. But these tiny fellas were being certainly memory makers on mild tackle I did the very same at a tiny creek just outside the house of Dayton, fishing h2o just inches deep with swimming pools, and caught 6 bass with the very same equipment. And because then I have tried out other compact streams and larger kinds like the Sandusky River close to its headwaters, the Huron, Vermillion and Ohio Brush Creek. I suspect that the tiny stream near your property, anywhere you reside, would have some hungry bass, too. They will be unsophisticated, most likely, possessing under no circumstances noticed a entice, but great fighters. All you require is a pair of shorts, aged tennis shoes and mild pounds equipment. Minimal ample for a excellent mornings fishing.
Dick Martin is a free of charge-lance author from Shelby. Arrive at him at [email protected] You also can stop by his site at outdoorswithmartin.com.
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