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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:57 pm • # 1 
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Made it out twice with my 3-wt earlier this week and thought I'd share a few pics. Nothing amazing, but I did manage 7 species over the course of two mornings.

First up was a short morning paddle near home. Water was low and warm, but eventually I found a spot where clean water was flowing in to the bayou from the swamp. The sunfish were stacked up and eagerly took the hare's ear I was fishing as a dropper.

Bluegill
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Red Spotted Sunfish
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Redear Sunfish
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I was on the water before 7 AM and home before 9 AM due to the heat, but it was a nice way to spend the morning before heading home to hide in the A/C.

The following morning, I rolled out of bed at 4:30 and made my way an hour north to a spot I had wade fished earlier this spring. I was on the water by first light and, within a few casts had missed a decent spotted bass and landed this pretty, little green sunfish. Both on a mini crease fly.
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Moving upstream, I continued to land green sunnies intermixed with bluegill, but couldn't find any of the longear I had hoped for. Striped shiner made an appearance too, often exploding out of the water to take the small dry fly I had tied on.
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The bass proved largely disinterested in small dries on this trip, but aggressively attacked many of the smaller sunfish I hooked.

Eventually, I gave up on the dry and decided to see if a streamer would be more to the bass's liking. Tandem rigging a pair of the Redfish Rattle fly that Ika had recommended to me on my post about pickerel, I proceeded to work each deep pocket with a slow twitchy retrieve. Sure enough, the bass couldn't resist as I pulled at least one (if not two or three) small spotted bass from each deep hole.
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I even managed a double at one point as a small green sunfish and bass took the pair of streamers simultaneously.
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My light tippet cost me in the end though as it failed to hold up against my largest bass of the day, a 15" beast (by this tiny creek's standards at least).

Switching back to a #14 half-drowned hopper shortly after, I proceeded to work smaller pockets as I made my way back to my car. Almost every pocket gave up a small bluegill, green sunny or shiner. And eventually, one even provided my first and only longear of the day.
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As the heat index was quickly climbing, and my water supplies quickly draining, I decided to call it a day shortly after the longear and proceeded back to the comfort of air conditioning.

Overall, it wasn't a bad two days with seven species landed and 50-60 fish brought to hand. I just need to find time to go back for the one that popped my tippet.

Chris


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:01 pm • # 2 
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Great pics. Thank you for sharing!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:20 am • # 3 
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Great report!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:53 pm • # 4 
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Thanks guys. I was just glad to get out.

Chris


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