My inlaws are visiting for the 4th of July weekend and wanted to go check out the beach over in Ponte Vedra after dinner last night. They really hadn't frequented Jacksonville in the past, so exploration was in order. So while they headed out with K.C. & Lilly, I thought I'd head over to the pond I tested the Redington Vapen at other night and play with the panfish to kill some time. Also thought I'd try some warmwater tenkara, so I brought the Ayu II...in addition to the Cabela's 4-weight fiberglass CGR that I'm fond of using for 'gills.
Bluegill action was slower than the night before. I caught a few on the Ayu, which I have to admit was pretty damn fun. Unfortunately, the biggest one popped off as I was hand-lining it in after a pretty acrobatic fight. This was pretty typical of the catch; most being this size, or just a bit larger.
Then I switched over to the CGR. I love fishing this rod for bluegills, sunfish, and the like because there's lots of wiggle in it, and a good fish will bend it all the way down to the handle. I also switched from tenkara kebari to an olive woolly bugger.
Honestly, my mind was drifting off a little when my line just stopped dead while I was retrieving the fly. I thought I was stuck in some weeds, but when the weeds freakin' jumped out of the water, I knew I was in trouble, and in for a fight. The rod was pretty much doubled over. This wasn't a fish for a noodle of a 4 weight and click n' pawl reel.
A little over 5 minutes later I had largemouth to hand...and honestly, I was ill prepared to take a picture of it, so I snapped this crappy selfie with my cell phone.
|Trying not to be a "forced perspective" angler|
And these other pics with my regular camera...
I measured the rod to at home last night to get an idea of how big the fish is in the picture. It was 22" long, give or take an inch. Don't know how much it weighed, but it was heavy.
Anyway, with mosquitoes abuzz and not wanting to press my luck any more, I called it quits for the night. It's nice to know there's fishing like that in the neighborhood, and still more ponds to explore. I'll just take at least the 6 weight next time...