Monday, April 27, 2009

1st island Togs

My first trip to the 1st island of the CBBT took one hour and five minutes. It was a perfect day for it. The wind was non-existent and it was nice paddle out. I left about 8:00am and got there at 9:05. When I got there, I decided to go all the way around the island just to see if there were any other yakers around. None. First fiddler in and not a minute later, I felt that faint little bump. It had been a very long time since I went Tautog (calle blackfish up north) fishing. The bite is so fast and easy to miss. But instinctively, the split second I felt the next bump, it was on. I almost feels like you're snagged on a rock, until it decides it wants to get back to it's hole. They are awesome fighters. It was a decent 16incher. The action came and went for the next 5 and a half hours. I ended up with 15 togs and brought home the 4 biggest. Two tubby-ass females, were thrown back. It took me about the same amount of time to get back.

It was a perfect day for a client to cancel a meeting, the wind was barely blowing.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

ARC's Old Dominion Canoe and Kayak shad tournament

Appomattox River Company held a Shad Tournament on the James River in Richmond and I got second place with 9 shad plus one for a flyfish only "handicap". The winner caught 12 fish. I usually do much better (20-30 fish by this time in the season), but I just couldn't find what they wanted. The water was like chocolate milk too. Anyway, I got an X-tools scale. Good times. Thanks Vic. Here's a picture of my biggest of the day 1lb 11oz.