Reply by: Barnacles Posted: 5/13/2021 8:23:27 AM Points: 1345
Always makes me happy when someone has a new video out there when I get to my desk in the morning. Bass bite seems to be going good everywhere now. Your craft sure seems to take the wind better than my little junk boat. I gotta get one of those things someday.
Cant beat a Hobie PA 14 minus the price of em. But the wind still beats you up pretty good no matter what kayak youíre in. The 360 drive would be better for the wind than the 180. If you watch I have to face into the wind and fish behind me a lot so I can keep boat position. Once the waves start to cap it gets sketchy. Itís nice you can launch on the north side of horsetooth closer to coves to keep you out of the waves if there are any.
Reply by: nparker Posted: 5/15/2021 7:51:07 AM Points: 1090
Thanks for the video. Good job! I am new at fishing for Smallmouths but did get a few yesterday on flies at the Tooth. You are using swimbaits. Maybe I need to slow down my retrieves to get better results? I did get a 16-inch Wiper. Have you got any there? I plan to use my 1940s 12-foot boat with iPilot to stay close to shore. I would prefer a float tube but they are slow for moving around the lake.
If youíre fly fishing stick to the coves in Lory. Use some full sinking line and throw some weighted baitfish patterns like clousers or articulated streamers. Let it hit the bottom and take it slow hopping it a foot at a time. Youíll probably have to watch your like jump to know when you have the hit. Or do a slow enough retrieve just so you can feel it tick bottom once in a while. Youíll lose a lot of flies so use the cheeper ones. Iíve had a few on a craw pattern as well. From a boat casting to shore will be a lot easier. I havenít caught any wiper there though.
Reply by: nparker Posted: 5/17/2021 7:02:37 AM Points: 1090
Thanks, Tom. I was using a Type III line which got me down OK. The shoreline dropped off to deep water quite fast. I never hit bottom but am OK with losing flies. I tie them and have several lifetimes of flies. I will be 81 in August. Sounds like I should take my float tube to Lory since the north ramp is closed to boats.
Or launch at that north boat ramp. Thatís were I launch the kayak. I caught a few in that small cove as well. Most of them were 6í-15í deep. They are all over bedding up anyways itís only going to get better.