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Headed out to New Beggs City Lake this morning.  Was about an hour behind schedule.  I had planned on arriving about the time the sun popped over the horizon, but slept in a bit. 

 

Once I got there, it was a fairly quick setup and launch for my kayak.  I was going light, only my 8wt, all three fly boxes, and one spinning rod with a new lure I wanted to try for trolling.  Once I launched, I trolled the lure over to where I planned on doing some fly fishing.  Didn’t catch anything trolling.

 

As I tried to quietly paddle into this small arm of the cove, I saw a lot of surface disturbances.  Most were turtles spooking as I neared them, but a few were fish hitting insects/minnows on top.  I saw a couple large swirls near a weedline, with large wakes heading for deeper water; one of those also left a trail of bubbles as it burrowed through the grass on bottom.  I’m pretty sure those were Carp.  I would spook another one about an hour later, just feet from my kayak.

 

I paddled all the way back.  I realized the water was pretty darn clear; I was seeing grass on bottom in 3 FOW (pretty good for Oklahoma).  I had a Deer-Hair Diver pattern I had tied up a couple weeks ago tied on.  I started tossing that around.  Didn’t get any strikes, until……I had decided to pull it in, cut it off, and tie on a smaller popper.  THEN some fish decides to try and eat it.  I didn’t connect.

 

I tied on a store-bought, Betts popper.  I have a few left over from last year.  I immediately started getting some hits.  Then, I started connecting with some various sunfish:

 

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I even caught a first for me.  I’ve caught them in a cast net before, but never on rod-and-reel, nor a fly rod.  Got a Golden Shiner.  I’m not surprised, as I had seen some “medium” sized Shiners swimming around.  Heck, when the popper landed, one jumped to the left, and my popper immediately started moving to the right.  I must have thrown the popper on top of at least two different fish, one ate it, the other spooked.

 

I also managed to catch two of what I wanted to catch, some Largemouth Bass.  First LMBs on my 8wt, and first LMBs on-the-fly from my kayak.

 

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I must say, that I think my 8wt is going to become my go-to rod for my kayak.  I was getting some nice casting in.  I will say that I have not used my 5wt on my kayak yet this year, and last year, I had the rod spooled with line that was a little to light for the rod.

 

After about 9:30, the topwater bite was starting to die off, so I decided to do what I did last week; troll upwind, then drift downwind tossing around a lipless crankbait.  I wasn’t expecting much, as I wasn’t seeing much in the way of surface action like I did last week.

 

I did three troll/drift passes.  Whenever I would get close to the north bank, probably 100’ or so, I would start to get the occasional soft hit, but couldn’t connect with the fish.  On the second pass, I finally managed to stay connected with “whatever” long enough to get it to the surface for a quick look-see.  CRAPPIE!  Decent size, to.  Of course, with my luck, it came unbuttoned about a second after it hit top.  Either I wasn’t setting the hook quick enough, or the hooks were pulling out of their mouths.

 

I decided to switch from the 3/16 lipless crankbait over to a 1/8 size lipless crankbait, staying with the silver/black color.  On the final pass, I got a few hits, again, not really connecting with them.  I did manage to catch one fish, this one:

 

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A little Shellcracker, probably down in the grass, eating snails and small crawfish.  I guess it wanted that little shad-like lure I was using.

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Really nice recap, Allen.
Up until last year, I lived in Aiken, SC. They have a community pond there that I fished in frequently. It had a healthy population of golden shiners.
Once they appeared, I could be guaranteed a steady stream of them.
I found them to be great fun and some of then grew to good size. At one point I thought about getting some up for a frying pan session.
I like your multi pronged approach. Adaptability, man!

Adaptability!  HAH!  I was thinking about keeping that Shiner, going back to my van, and getting a catfish rod out!  Pass a 3/0 hook through the eye sockets, tie a balloon onto the line, and let it out!

I'm planning on going to a different lake tomorrow.  There's LMB in there, but it can be difficult to catch them.  I've heard the best bet is live bait, under a balloon.  I'm thinking about changing my rigging a bit, ROFL......

A fun day with some good fish pics and good memories. It's hard to beat catching gills on the surface.

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