This is just after the differential clay hardening. The hamon is visible in some of the bottom pics.
Just talked to the Arcadia lake office, parks/ramps officially closed but folks are still welcome to park at the ranger station and walk to the dam.
Blues really heatin up catching 4/5 cats as blue. Webt out a few hours with Herb and his buddy Richie(?) and dual boat fished the point cove across from the south side of the dam. Including a pic of how I do my cut shad. Hook goes throughthe folded tip and through the eye socket, change out bout every 15-20mins.
Blues are biting hard on cut shad off rocky points 15-20ft down in the day, 5-10ft in coves all night. Channels too but seeing 5 blues for every channel (excellent). Shad plentiful along the dam around 5-10ft deep on the bottom. Shadzilla’s brother and cousin made an appearance today. Crappie biting hard between 7 and 9pm in shallows. Water is high, carp are splashing around in the weeds everywhere. Caught 2 blues while typing this. 3AM and still biting strong.
Fished the nav channel sat morning and night. Flatheads were biting in the morning out in the open water on live and cut shad. Blues were going nuts on cut shad after dark along the shallower areas near the shore lines.
Got to try out the new 18 foot wide cast net, works great. Caught more blue cat fry from 2-6 inches long than shad though, the shad haven’t started balling up yet.
All together 2 Flathead (17lbs high) and 6 blues (18lbs high).
The blues have been stuffing themselves on soy beans and wheat. Blue cat barf in the live well was full of the stuff. Must have been a bunch fall off during barge loading.
Pics of the rigging I’m using, and great hook sets with circle hooks.
I was sitting on the couch with a sick kiddo sleeping next to me when this guy caught me eye out the back window. Grabbed my camera and snapped what pics i could through a dirty window. Very cool looking bird. Click for high res.
The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens.