SORRY! I’ve been too busy FISHING!!
December 22 – Shearon Harris – Caught 3 largemouth and 2 pickerel yo-yoing a lipless crankbait through the dying grass. If it were a tourney, I would have had a nice day with a 20.5″, 20″, and 18.75″ for a total of 59.25″. It was a beautiful day – upper 50’s and absolutely no wind. I knew there would be some pigs around because there was a ton of bait.
December 23 – Shearon Harris – Joey was jealous of my catches the previous day (he’s always jealous of my catches), so we headed back. It was much windier than the previous day, but the fish were still in the area. We only caught a few, but they were nice ones. Together we landed 4 bass and a pickerel – all on lipless cranks. Both of us caught bass in the 20″ range.
December 26 – Shearon Harris – Another solid day, this time we landed 10 bass and 3 pickerel between us using the same technique from previous days. Big fish honors went to Joey this time, with a largemouth about 20″. Way to go, Joey!
It’s about time you caught one bigger than me…
December 29 – Fort Fisher – The bite had cooled off at Harris, so we decided to hit the Fort for the day to see if any reds were biting. We were pleasantly surprised to find that, indeed, they were! It was the single most productive day we’ve ever had catching reds – 21 made it to the boat! All were caught on soft plastics (Gulp! shrimp and jerk shad and Deep Creek Lures shrimp) on a jig head. This trip marked the maiden voyage for Joey in his new Native Mariner (It didn’t take very long to get slimed). An unlucky pair of reds joined us for the trip home. 🙂
January 1 – Fort Fisher – We wanted to start the year off right with another day of slaying reds. Unfortunately we didn’t catch as many as the trip before, but they were still around and some of them cooperated. Joey and I caught 10 reds and a flounder between us, and Joey’s mom caught a couple nice reds as well. We caught our fish on Berkely Power Hawgs and Chigger Craws (no, I’m not joking). I was happy to be able to photograph Joey’s mom landing one of her fish.
January 8 – Haw River – Went out for a few hours with my buddy and Kayak Wars teammate Taylor. We were expecting the bite to be lethargic and, sure enough, it was. We were getting bites, but the fish weren’t taking the bait which resulted in a lot of missed hook sets. We were just about to leave and get some lunch when I got a solid bite and set the hook. She went 22.25″ and 7 pounds on the dot – a beautiful January river bass!