Do you love big bluegill?
Once Upon A Time
Like...last week, the Boogieman went fishing for the first time ever...on moving water! The Boogieman has always fished small lakes and ponds, but always thought that the black water under the curvy bridge at Vernon, Florida looked mighty fishy. He had no idea how right he was. Holmes Creek is a large, fast flowing, high volume creek that flows into the Choctawhatchee River. It is fed by very numerous natural springs that dot the countryside along it's path.
The seven sunfish pictured above were all minding their own business at the mouth of one of those spring flows into the Holmes Creek, when they met the Boogieman. He pulled his Boogieboat out of the maelstrom that is Holmes Creek and into a fifteen foot deep pool of black. The air temperature was 92 and the water temp was 71! That is cold in Florida at the end of August. The water looked black but was really quite clear, just deep. Visibility was several feet and the Boogieman anchored in about nine feet of water. He spied a twin log underwater structure near the bank and flipped his cricket there on his 12 ft Crimson pole. Before he left that "Honey Hole", all seven different sunfish in the picture had feasted on crickets and all ran under the same log. Unlike the "still water" sunfish the Boogieman was used to, every one of these "moving water" fish DID NOT swallow the hook. All were hooked in the top lip and all fought like demons. The Boogieman was stunned by the difference in the intensity of the fight, and the duration and repeated runs by the "moving water" fish. It must have been the cold water and the fast current that made the difference. Whatever it is, the Boogieman was so impressed he is now a "Moving Water" fisherman.
Not pictured is the largest shellcracker the Boogieman has ever "almost" caught, a 4 to 5 lb bowfin that the Boogieman got right up to the edge of the Boogieboat, and numerous longear sunfish ( beautifully colored like a pumpkinseed) that he has no idea how he missed getting their pictures. They all ran under that same log. Next trip!!!