This morning I fished with with a Class of 1991 West Point classmate of mine, Bobby B., originally from New Bern, NC. His dad, Bob, a U.S. Army veteran and pastor, from the Raleigh, NC, area joined us, as did Bobby’s two sons, Wayne and Greg.
Bobby and his wife, Amy (also a West Pointer), are both lieutenant colonels stationed at Fort Hood, living in Harker Heights. The Army has taken their family to Japan, Germany, Korea, and Hawaii among other places, and all through it they’ve made family a priority and have stayed close-knit.
The fishing story today was not quite so heart-warming. We had high, clear skies and windless conditions which are the toughest fishing conditions there are. Add to that the background of already cold water (in the low 50’s on the surface) and we just struggled.
We caught all the fish we caught from 3 different areas and all in the first 90 minutes of the day. After that sunrise bite died, is just got really tough. We tried downrigging to cover some ground with baits in the water and, several times, marked fish only to try to return to them and find them gone.
Fishing aside, I got to hear about “Mr. Bob’s” flyrod techniques for farm pond panfish back in North Carolina and catch up on how a few classmates Bobby and I have as mutual friends were doing.
There is no more influential variable in fish activity level than local weather, and, in this cold water season days without wind AND cloud cover are much more difficult than those with.
TALLY = 15 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:30a
End Time: 11:45a
Air Temp: 53F at trip’s start.
Water Surface Temp: 53.2F
Wind: Winds were calm at trip’s start, with a gentle N. breeze beginning around 4:35 at 3mph
Skies: Cloudless, fair skies.
Areas Fished with success:
** 1312 (~15 gulls/terns)
** 643 (no birds)
** 1310 (no birds)