Yeah, but my last "fishing report" post was in October... Wow. Pathetic.
It hasn't been that I haven't been fishing, it's just that the outings have all been kind of pedestrian. No big fish (no surprise), no exotic locales, and well...not really the best blog fodder.
But I did go fishing yesterday, and here's a post really uninspiring post about it.
(Sorry if you happened to see these pictures on Instagram yesterday).
So it was something like 80 degrees here in north Florida yesterday. Sunny, with a little breeze, I apologize in advance to those of you suffering through much colder temperatures (although from what I can tell from social media, most places in the country seem to be sort of warm themselves).
I thought I'd take the bike for a ride and hit one of the neighborhood ponds on the outskirts of our development. I brought the tenkara rod, the 6-weight (in case I ran into big bass or carp), and my Vedavoo sling pack...because I rarely fish without it.
When I got to the pond, the first thing I saw was a big splash into the water with my peripheral vision. Not thinking much of it, I went to rigging up the Tenkara USA Sato and walk the perimeter of the pond to see if I could coax out any bass from the edges of the shoreline weeds.
About 5 minutes into fishing, I saw a log in the water. But it wasn't a log. It was a 4-ish foot long alligator. Oh. That's new.
Now I knew it wasn't going to do anything to me...and it didn't...as I walked around the pond it seemed to swim in the opposite direction most of the day, hence the horrible photo.
Unfortunately, that was kind of the highlight of the fishing for the day. I picked out about a dozen bluegill while walking around the pond, but the fishing was really slow. I do thank the fishing gods for bluegill though, because when all else fails...
I saw some bass, but they just weren't interested in my offerings. I even strung up the 6-weight and launched some flies toward the middle of the pond (you know, 50+ feet out where tenkara doesn't travel nicely), just to see if anything basstastic was lurking in the depths...besides more alligators. No dice...other than some bluegill bycatch.
That was really it. Nothing much to really write about, and aside from the gator, it was pretty representative of the last month or two's fishing. It's all good though. 2015 is right around the corner, and I've got some things in the works...
Anyone know anything good about Calgary, Alberta?