Deering Resevior – July 23rd, 2006

July 25, 2006

My nephew Nelson was up for the day. You know what that means right? FISHING!

We contemplated a saltwater trip or a freshwater trip. Wow, what a tough decision with the weather. It was supposed to rain and be soggy out. That is my favorite type of weather. Think about it, the weekend fairweather hoo-hahs won’t be out, the fishing is typically good during storm front, and only the hard-core anglers will be out and they typically are a curtious and respectful folk.

Nelson has expressed interest in learning how to fish freshwater better so we went to Deering resevior in search of largemouth and smallmouth bass. It was little late start to the day as we ate a good breakfeast (thanks to my loving wife) and we spent some time getting our gear ready. I explained the gear as we rigged up in my basement over a cup of coffee and looked at different lures. All the gear ready for a rainy day we headed out.

About 10 minutes into the ride I saw the sun. Darn, I forgot my sunglasses and all of my gear was setup for raining weather like we were supposed to get. Well the front was past us which means that the fish would be a bit more of a challenge to catch. I had my doubts as we headed there but was still optomistic. I know how to fish for these guys and know this lake well. Hopefully, I can still put us on some fish, even if we got into some small ones I would be happy.
As we launched the boat there was a woman from the lakes assoication checking trailers for milfoil. I think that it is good that they do this to protect the waters but sometimes get annoyed that they treat you like you are a criminal that is dragging milfoil around looking for a place to dump it. If they want to stop people from doing this, they need to procecute a few people. While they are at it, maybe get a few of those jet skiis that are illegally using them on waters that say “no jet skiis allowed”. I am going to start calling marine patrol from now on when I see them out there.

We headed to a rocky and stumpy area that I knew of between some islands. I was hoping for a topwater bite but by the looks of things it was more like a spinnerbait or crankbait bite if one existed at all. I still tried topwater for a few casts and so did Neslon. Nothing doing. Did get to see an idiot go through a no wake zone in his little boat at about 15-20 mph and an annoyed waterfront property owner on shore screaming at him to slow down. Hey, if you have a small boat YOU STILL NEED TO FOLLOW THE LAWS ON THE WATER – JERK! Sorry, I’m just getting frustrated with the stupidity of some people on the water. And they think a speed limit law is going to help? Please marine patrol, start to stop some people and prosecute them for the smallest stuff so that WE as a boating comunity learn to follow the laws. Too many people think that once you are on water that you can act like a fool.

I switched to spinnerbaits and crankbaits as we went between the islands and around fishing 5-10 feet of water still with no success. Explaining the lake and structure to Nelson I told him that we will likely have to go deaper to find fish on a day like today. He said bring it on and we headed to my spot out in 20-25 feet of water that has always been special to me.

We used carolina rigs and fish the edge of a point that meets up out to a hump with a 15 foot on top. I was using a watermelon seed lizard and Nelson went through my stuff to find what interested him which was a Zoom brush hog in watermelon / gold flake. He quickly bent his rod in half and so did I for our 1st set of fish for the day. A double for both our 1st fish – had to be good sign! I had a smallmouth and he had a largemouth. His fish was about 2.5 pounds and mine was a pound if I was lucky. But still, a double for our 1st fish? Yeah!

Nelson’s next fish was a surprise for him. An even bigger largemouth that was over 3 pounds. I caught a couple more fish and we were both steadily into them with a greater than 3 pound average. But real the quality came when Nelson 1st thought he was stuck then realized there was a pig on the end of his line. Guess what, we got another double at that moment too. Both fish fought hard and when his fish got near I saw that it was a net job for that big girl. I pulled out the net to get his fish and scooped up both of our fish in one swipe. Wow, that was cool. His fish was a 4 pound largemouth and mine was about 3 pounds. Nelson was pumped! I was pumped too seeing him so excited to be boating such great fish.

I joined the 4 pound club with Nelson a little later when we teased some more quality fish. We each got about 6 fish but the quality of each was awesome. 6 good fish each can’t compare to numbers (well, maybe some times ;)).


Nelson With a 4 Pound Largemouth

Brian with 4 pound largemouth
It was another great day on the water with Nelson. Hope to get out with him again real soon.


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