Friday was the big day. We had our fishing trip all set. Jarred and I were supposed to head over to Russell’s Secret crappie hole which I will now refer to as “Ditch pond.” Fortunately I got out of work a bit early and so I decided I would give it a go a day early. I’m glad I did because the bite was on!
Now last time I went the dynamics were a bit different. The bite didn’t turn on until dark and all the fish were tiny.
I took my buddy luis out and we throughout some minnows under a bobber. First line was cast at about 4:45. It took about 20 minutes and then came the first bite. It wasn’t a slow moving bobber, the bobber just sank. I reeled in and saw the huge head of a crappie on the other end! As I reeled in, I asked luis to net him up for me and after a few shakes of the head, he was gone. I was heartbroken but remained hopeful. Then came the second bite… and the second loss. Then came the third and we realized
we needed a better plan. So the obvious was let’s stay close to our own rods and we net each other’s catches quickly.
|12 in. Crappie|
When the bite came, we were ready. I reeled in, held it until Luis got there and swoop! I was on to my first fish. My previous PB crappie was a 12 incher and this one matched it. I was happy and relieved that this one didn’t get away. A little bit later Luis lost one as well. For whatever reason luis wasn’t getting as many bites as I was. In fact he ended up not feeling well and sitting in the car for a while since he just got his wisdom teeth pulled out. A few minutes after he left my bobber went down and I set my hook. I reeled in, grabbing the net and netted him myself. This guy was an inch bigger which means I beat my previous PB crappie by one inch! Milestone!
|PB Crappie, 13 in.|
After that Luis came back and we watched our bobbers for another half hour or so before we decided to call it quits. Both of those crappies were released to grow another day. So today was meant to be our fishing day but its raining in nor cal so those plans are pretty much canceled.
Total Fish: 2 Crappie