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Spring Fishing

Blog by: Lloyd Tackitt 3/26/2017

Yesterday in the Brazos.

Using a crawfish imitator I caught eight to ten large bluegill, about fifteen crappie from a school in a very specific and tight spot, one hybrid bass, one drum, and a twentyish pound buffalo. A pretty good day.

I took photos of two of the fish because of their spectacular spring coloring. The crappie is a magnificent specimen of camouflage by way of beauty, look at that amazing black stripe down its back for instance.

And the bluegill is a fantastic golden-yellow hue. I'd put this bluegill against any freshwater fish in the country for it's beautiful colors - and ounce per ounce its fight. This one looks to be developing eggs.

I am not good at holding a fish in one hand and photographing it with the other, sorry. All fish released.


UPDATE:


Went again yesterday. Caught plenty of gills and crappie. 

Hooked into three giant hard pulling fast moving fish - probably carp in the 20 pound range, they pulled harder than buffalo and when up near the top I'd get a flash of orangeish yellow side - but all three got off the hook.

I had one on for about fifteen minutes and then it wrapped the line around brush and got off. Heck of a fight each time, hard pulling and man can those things move fast through the water. 

This time I was using a fly that was black and yellow like a bumble bee and had two rubber legs in front and two in back. The day before I was tearing them up on a crawfish imitiator, yesterday they wouldn't hardly look at it.

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Blog Comments
Kennywho, TX   3/26/2017 11:04:16 AM
How in the world did a Drum bite on a fly? Beautiful fish. We fished Lake Dunlap yesterday and had zero takes. Too many boats on a small lake. Looking forward to Friday.
 
anglerwannabe, CO   3/26/2017 11:21:04 AM
Nice Lloyd. With the water temps down there, the bass should be hitting spawn or pre-spawn at least. I'll be down there in 3 weeks to attack the bass. lol
 
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   3/26/2017 12:29:34 PM
Drum will take a fly that is dragged across the bottom sometimes. If you think of how to fly fish for salt water red fish, and use the same techniques you can occasionally get one to hit. Drum is the fresh water cousin of the red fish.
 
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   3/26/2017 12:30:23 PM
I could see some nice size bass, and they were showing no particular interest in eating. Water temp was 70. So they should be eating, I just didn't have what they wanted I guess. Not that day. But...