[UPDATE: Added the video of the evening round below and a link to google maps. Pond is in Fairview on Fairview Parkway.] Started Sunday morning with a swing and miss at the “Pond Behind In-N-Out Burger”. Tried the usual spots without a strike, but did see a nice Bass along the bank… that is, did spook a nice Bass! Windy and cold but not ready to call it a morning, decided to move to another spot just down the road… it’s the pond along Angel Parkway. Forgot its name; calling Angel Parkway Pond for ease of reference.
Windy and cold still, did not plan to fish for long. But, then got a bite on the PMOT… turned out to be a nice Bluegill! Stuck it out for longer, even after losing the PMOT… snapped it off while casting. Switched to a Muddler Minnow, hoping for a repeat like yesterday where a Bass took it as it was “sputtering” just under the water’s surface. No luck!
Was about ready to head home, but decided on “one more cast” trying something different… put on a strike indicator and went with a COAF Guadalupana for the fishing fly. This pattern is a variant of the original, but has worked well for stocked trout in the past as well as Bluegill and Bass.
In short order, had strikes but kept missing the hookset. First tried setting the hook as soon as the indicator “twitched”. Then, caught several by setting the hook when the indicator went under completely. Then, more misses… finally found the consistent hookset that called for waiting for the indicator to go under and stay under and then slowly tighten the line to set the hook!
Fun stuff… lost count of how many were caught and released. Even came back later that evening and lost count again of what was caught and released. Will get a video posted of the evening round later in the week. For now, here is the video from this morning!
PS: Here is the article on how we tied the COAF Guadalupana Fishing Fly.