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Saturday I spent about four hours paddling all over Beaverdam Reservoir. I didn't catch a thing. The fishfinder seems to be working well though. I'm pretty sure I found the old bridge. There were lots of fish in the vicinity too. Still haven't caught anything there since the first time I went.
Sunday I put in at Kephart Landing about 11:30 and slowly worked my way to the river. The fishfinder wasn't showing much and what it was showing may have been leaves. I know everything it was picking up at the mouth was leaves. The water in the river was crystal clear. The bottom at 8ft was clearly visible. I did see one large bass below me for a few seconds before it shot out into the middle of the river. Didn't catch anything here either. I got out of there at 2:45.
I decided to check out the pond in Ashburn between the apartments and office park near Harris Teeter. A few casts of the beetle spin and I had one on. It got off five feet from shore, looked like a bass. A few more casts and I landed a small LMB. I tried my new green/silver Little Cleo that I picked up on Friday. A green/silver spoon I used to have always did really well for me. Nothing with it at this spot but it did catch me a LMB at the next spot I went to. At this spot I caught another LMB on a beetle spin and at least six sunfish, of three different species, using nightcrawlers. Before it got dark I tried the other end of the pond. There was less surface activity and I was out of nightcrawlers too. The spoon and beetle spin weren't working so I tried my old reliable fire tiger crankbait. That got me another LMB just as I was about the pull the lure from the water. So my weekend ended up not being a total waste.
I'll have to try there again. Odds are I won't catch anything, at least with lures.
persistence pays off
as do different presentations
it has been a tough fall for me. aside from some fast spinnerbait bites on windy days, i have been grinding out every fish
i fished the harris teeter pond yesterday. tried a pig and jig , a fluke , and a jerkbait. the jerkbaits produced my only 2 bites. went to a pond across the street and had a nice one on but the hook came out because he was so fast-to much slack! he did jump and he looked like a 2ish bass.
I fished the pond again after work on Monday. This time I had my Nikon D40 with me. I started with a beetle spin and it seemed too easy. Got two really quick.
Figured I would try to catch them on something else so I tried my small white spinnerbait. First time catching something with it.
Now was as good a time as any to get my first fish on my fire tigar Rapala. I got two with it, the last being the biggest one of the day.
It had a bigger belly than the rest too.
Used up the last of my nightcrawlers and got caught a bunch of sunfish like these.
Last edited by T. (Nov-18-09 5:02PM)