Do you love big bluegill?
I finally got to go back to Sparkleberry Swamp. My plan was to paddle deeper in and find some of the creek channels. Yesterday I loaded up my Yak with my ultralite rod, crickets, and some snacks. Figured I would take my dog Sam; I wanted to see what kind of fishin partner he would be. I was on the water by 11am and figured the overcast would help bring on the bite.
I found out the sat image and the maps are almost useless. On the sat images you can see what looks to be the creeks but on the water its really hard to tell. I did find otter flat. Along that area there was some deep water with a current. I figured there had to be some fish there. I only managed to catch 4 gills the whole day. All were in 3 to 4 ft of water and close to trees bordering deep channels. I tried fishing in the shallows and got nothing. Grass beds, stumps and brush, still nothing. What gives? I figured there should be piles of gills out there.
If I ventured a guess the area is so saturated with cover the fish seek out select areas that I havent found yet. I guess the thing to do will be to find someone who knows that area well and get some ol fashioned tutoring.
BTW Sam hates the water.