This trip was different from my last two. I didn't really have any goals. I just wanted to get out there and enjoy the good company. It was a nice day to be out, paddling with some friends. Especially since I'm always down where Billy's from, and this time he's paying Richmond a visit.
When I met up with them, they had already been out on the water for some time. They caught a few here and there so I lead them up river to a good spot and as soon as we get there, it was fish on. I lost count of how many I caught, all on fly. Seth was tearing them up on a gold spoon. He had one nearly jump over his head. It was amazing. Billy initially had some trouble, but as soon as he got anchored right, he had fish on as well. He was grinnin' ear to ear using his ultra-ultralight. I didn't even know they made spinning reels so small (Sedona 500). After a while, knowing he has an affection for the flyrod, I let him borrow mine. And it didn't take long before he had the long rod bowed up. It was really a great time had by all.
Just as the sun was starting hit the tree line, we made our way down river for a little bottom chunkin' with the hickory shad we just caught. Once again, with little thought to any goals, I just set up over a good hole. I was enjoying the sunset, shootin' the breeze with the fellas when my clicker goes off. I engage the reel, line comes tight... fish on. I get a good chuckle out of Seth when I yell out "This thing's got some ass on it!!!". It pulled drag and I was smilin'.
|39" Flathead Catfish. Photo credit William Ragulsky|
|41" Citation Flathead Catfish|
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Gotta keep that good mojo!