This past Friday morning, February 24th, I welcomed aboard R.C. and Marsha Stephenson from the Georgetown area.
R.C. landed this nice 4 pound class largemouth on a small, 3/8 oz. slab equipped with a Hazy Eye Stinger Hook from out of a school of white bass. Stillhouse has consistently produced sizeable largemouth as a bycatch as we’ve been white bass fishing on nearly every trip out this winter.
Despite an Ace Wrap on her “fishing wrist”, Marsha pushed through the morning, contributing her fair share to our catch of 100 fish.
The fishing started off a bit slow as one would expect under nearly windless conditions. Around 8:30 AM, a hard, northwest wind ramped up very quickly with a velocity of up to 16 mph as a dry cool front moved into the area. The fishing instantly improved and stayed strong right until 10:50 AM. By this time, we had boated 86 fish.
The Stephenson’s son, an Austin resident, had read my Facebook post about the 100 fish today I had treated my mother to on this past Monday. Her catch included a 4+ pound largemouth bass. That same son chided them that if they didn’t catch 100 fish with me on this trip, he would suspect nepotism was involved. In the back of my mind, I knew we could put an additional 14 fish in the boat to make theirs a 100 fish day, but this was coming at a time when the fish were showing much less interest in feeding. Long story short, we did put in an extra 50 minutes in order to land the last 14 fish necessary to have a 100 fish day. As icing on the cake, R.C. also landed a largemouth that barely eclipsed the weight of my mom’s largemouth bass, thus dispelling any valid claims of nepotism aboard my boat!
Although I had taken the Stephenson’s out before, we never discussed our shared love for the Boothbay Harbor area of Maine where Rebecca and I had both our first honeymoon, and, 20 years later, a second honeymoon. We all enjoyed reminiscing about the sights, sounds, and eateries in this neck of the woods.
TALLY = 100 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 6:50a
End Time: 11:50a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 62F
Water Surface Temp: 60.7F
Wind Speed & Direction: <2SW until 8:30, then suddenly shifting and increasing to NNW16
Sky Conditions: Fair, cloudless skies after windshift
Water Level: 1.25 feet above full pool
GT = 50
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