That sir, is how fisherman are born! Really awesome to see the excitement on her face. Unfortunately she can also be taught a lesson about courtesy. That's pretty low to move in on a Father daughter team.
Reply by: alty Posted: 5/14/2012 11:04:53 AM Points: 0
I just joined this forum today. Great day for you and your daughter, that's awesome. I am new to bass fishing and plan to go to Chatfield this coming weekend. Is it bad form to ask you where on Chatfield I should go to catch some smallies? thanks, Alty
Reply by: alty Posted: 5/14/2012 12:32:33 PM Points: 0
Here is my brief history- I am 43 (male), moved to Evergreen, Colorado 4 years ago. Started fly fishing for trout 3 years ago and have quickly become a fishing junkie. Now I want Bass too!!! I broke the cardinal fly fishing sin (joking, I hope) and bought a spin rod and bass lures. I have been hitting the denver ponds unsuccessfully and plan to go to Chatfield next. I have a stand up kayak, fish finder and am ready to go.
Anywhere along the face of the dam. It's no secret, you'll be there with about 20 other boats all spread out in about 20 feet of water. Senko worms, rigged weedless with those big bass hooks. No weights or bobber. One worm can be broken into three pieces. They'll hit on the fall, just before the worm hits the bottom. Check the regs -- I think they have to be over 15 inches to keep them but most people release bass here in Colorado. It's considered good form to return those big females guarding their spawning beds.
I have some very similar pictures with my daughter and her Baribie pole when she was 4-6. Those pictures are priceless..in fact..one is in my offcice as we speak. She's 14 now and does not think its as cool as the boys in school now 8( Huge congrats and make sure you print those type of pictures, you'll be sorry if you don't!!
As far as the smallies on Chatfield....currently they are biting everywhere on the lake...but If I was going out for the first time, I would hit the dam and Massey draw area in anywhere from beach to 15 ft of water throwing various dark colored grubs....you should do just fine...
Do you hook the senkos wacky style? I fished Chatty only once a few years back by the dam and got hung up on the bottom every other cast and was wondering whether a weedless technique works best. I have caught thousands of largemouth in FL where I used to live but have a lot more learning to do to master the smallmouths!
Reply by: fun fishin Posted: 5/15/2012 7:15:47 PM Points: 0
I'm seriously tryin to understand this anchoring right beside someone thing. Happened to me today at Cherry Creek had a boat come around my boat and anchor Not 20 but 10 feet from me What is the point. I think I am going to start caring rocks to throw or a rod with 100lb test and a big sinker.
Great day for your Daughter,, Had a freinds son on the boat today he had a ball, got to drive the boat and everything.
Awesome pics!!! Well done to the young lady with the Barbie pole! And ofcourse she caught more than Dad right lol :} The Dbag is becomeing more and more common it seems. Happened to my wife fishing from shore the other day at Chatty. She was in waders and just cast out a bobber and worm and was going back to shore to get her spin cast when a Dbag parked his boat litteraly 3' from her bobber and started casting....needless to say he pulled out 3 smalls. I told her...what the heck why didn't you give him the lipp fire like you give me hehe. Then yesterday we go to Quincy to throw a few spinners and as we are setting up on shore (and I mean litteraly on shore) not more than 5' from us this new Dbag wades in right next to us with his fly pole and starts casting! So, irritated we move around the bend and set up,suprisingly un interupted (or so we thought) when...you guessed it...along comes another dbag and parks up right infront of us with his paddle boat and believe it or not starts casting towards us lol. This trend has got to end or I am going to have to start bringing a paint gun to fish lol. Again congrats to the young lady! You are in trouble now Dad she is hooked and gonna ask every day to go!
Excellent pictures and story of the girl, Barbie pole, and BIG fish!
As for the fly-guy, you can do well wiith Chatfield smallmouth from about now thru early July along dam rocks with wolly worms in olive and brown colors. They feed heavily on crawfish about that color. You need to get fly near the bottom.
Those are some HUGE smallies! Your daughter is a total pro at catching these already. And for that guy who moved in on you guys, that is just stupid. If you see someone catching fish you say nice one and go find another spot if you just can't watch. He was probably not used to being showed up by a little girl and a barbie pole. Way to get her into fishing and great catch.
Heading out to Chatfield this week with my son...early evening along the dam. Was told to use bobber with night crawlers or minnows for small mouth. Does this sound right? I was thinking bobber...followed by hook with worm or minnow...followed by small sinker. Thoughts?
I will be on foot so could also use some advice on how best to get to the dam (where to park and walk).