Call it denial or ambition, but we were going for it! We drove up the canyon into the darker and darker clouds. Mile 9-14 was under construction so it took longer than usual to get up there. At the parking lot we noticed that clouds looked like they were ready to put on natures light show. Dedicated to our goal we started hiking....at about the 3rd footstep past the trailhead we heard the loud BOOM of thunder....well so much for that plan!
Back in the car we stopped by Fish Tech again and picked up some worms.....that's right...we were not just about to go home! We agreed on "Mini Mantua".....a little place that someone was kind enough to let me in on. The pelicans seemed to know the way too! We must have seen over 100 of them flying in a straight line.....it was a true pelican parade.
In this pic there are 46 counted pelicans
After hiking in we found the place nice and quiet.....just what we needed and just the way I would like to see that place. The skys were blue and the fish were hungery! TDT tried a popper and I tried a large spinner bait....both of which got no love. Not to be skunked I just had to show TDT that this pond could produce. As a fly fisherman I am ashamed to admit this....but I busted out the nightcrawlers and some TubeDude "Mantua Medicine" and chucked it out there...Sure enough I got a nice Bluegill to shore as soon as it hit the water. Guess those fish have yet to see TubeDude gear.
TDT switched to the fly rod with the trusty tried and true Psychodellic Prince Nymph.....and sure enough....started to get into the nice Bluegills too!
After fishing together for awhile I moved on to greener pastures looking for some Bluegills of a yellowish tint AKA Yellow Perch. A little bushwacking was had and I found myself at the correct location. Needing some other species....I got what I wanted.... a couple 12 inch Jumbo Perch.....and some 12 inch dinky Largemouth Bass.
Of course the Bluegill invaded the perch hole...but they were of good size so no complaints here.
The fishing was HOT....so after getting fish number 30 I switched to the fly rod to test out some new flies I got today. Thankfully the new "Blue Halo Prince Nymph" got the job done and I got another 9 before the sun went down.
Overall TDT got 9 fish and I got 39.....50 fish in a couple short hours....guess I don't have to drive all the way up to Mantua next week to get my tug fix. However I may just have to since TDT and I released ALL fish today and plan on doing so each time we visit this special little pond.
Speakin of eating fish....the Bluegills from Mantua + loaded mashpotatos tasted great when we got home! Hummmm good!!!!!!
"Think like a fish.....no matter how crazy it gets!"