After Ellis we decided to head out to Russells secret pond which I guess i will call Butte pond for the sake of the blog. We hit Butte Pond at around 2 and had roughly about 3.5 hours of fishing ahead of us. Due to the recent rains the pond was much higher. It had risen about 2 to 3 feet, check out my older blog post to compare the water levels.
I had one rod with a live crawdad and a bottom feeding rig and the other with a slip bobber rig with a nightcrawler. After a couple of minutes Pops started getting bites. I waited for a bite but didnt get any so after 30 minutes I decided to switch up my rig and use my dads "classic rig." I call it a classic rig because I don't know of there is a name for it, plus it is a set up that my dad has used for ages. It is sort of like a drop shot rig except with a pre snelled hook on it. Is there a name for this rig? if so, please let me know in the comment section.
I immediately had a bite, I set my hook and the fight was on! The fish was running hard and peeling line so I thought it was a huge one. I had a rod with six lb line on it so I was trying to play him so he would get tired. Sure enough he tired out and after a while, I had my first channel cat of the year. Old pops helped me get it out of the water since We didn't bring a net. It was a nice looking catfish but upon closer inspection the cat was missing one of his eyes! Still a nice catch.
I was able to salvage my nightcrawler and tossed it back in. A couple of moments later I had a bite but missed a fish, checked my bait and tossed it back in. The next time I caught my second channel cat of the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon was like that for me. Apparently I was able to find where the fish were hiding. The last fish I caught was a VERY yellow bullhead, perhaps the most yellow bullhead I have ever seen! As it turns out, I was the only one to catch fish that day. I totaled three catfish, which isnt a bad day during winter.
Well, that it for now. I also wanted to mention that ever since the last time I wrote in here, I surpassed the 10K view mark, which is a cool milestone. Post #100 is my most viewed post and my most commented post which is great because I put a lot into that post. That's it for me. I will post about a recon trip I took up to putah Creek later.
Total Fish : 3 Catfish