Keeping my finger on the pulse — 39 Fish, Stillhouse, 26 Dec. 2011

This evening I took a short 3 hour trip towards sunset as this afternoon brought with it the only bit of wind we were to have for the entire day.

I call these “stay in touch” trips where I go out by myself on days on which I don’t have bookings or when I’ve opted not to take clients (typically due to poor weather conditions). Typically, I’ll search areas where I think fish ought to be given the season and current weather conditions, and will then confirm or deny those suspicions either by running sonar over the areas looking for active fish in a feeding posture, or by actually setting up and fishing if fish are glued to the bottom.

Today I found fish at Area 942 and fished until I’d caught 6 and then moved to search for more fish after confirming that there was a strong congregation of fish here.

I next contacted fish at Area 74 (just to the NW of it) and boated an easy 12 fish. This was by far the most active bunch of fish I found of all the areas I searched.

Next, I contacted fish at Area 926, caught 10 and moved on to Area 232 where I boated 10 more and moved on.

My last success (as the wind tapered to calm near sunset) was at Area 1004 right on the break. I only boated 1 fish here, but had other very sluggish fish react to my bait as I followed it on the flasher, letting me know there was more than just a chance single fish here.

TALLY = 39 FISH, all caught and released

Start Time: 2:30p

End Time: 5:30p

Air Temp: 51F at trip’s start.

Water Surface Temp: 55.0F.

Wind: Winds were S6 at trip’s start tapering off rapidly by 5:00p.

Skies: Skies were fair and c205 clouded.

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