I guess when you want to float tube for pike you have to pay the price. My destination was the narrows! Holy cow was that a WALK!!!! Over the course of a hour and a half I encountered a few deer, cow crap galore, and a "hair raising" electric fence. With all obstacles avoided I set sail for my 1st ever float tube experience. Hours later a boat came into the bay and asked "how do they taste?" I said "excellent!" Whoops, that was a test. These guys C&R all pike and let me know I wouldn't be fishing on their boat but I will get a ride from them later to the Oasis Marina. So while they fished on I nailed a 4lb and 5oz carp on a CD7 perch rapala on my tube.
So I went back with the C&R guys and listened to their distaste for the forums and adams recent pike report on TV. I threw a worm and slip sinker rig for the carp and within a few minutes the 1st carp showed up.
I caught 4 more before I headed to the dam for pike. Lost a small mouth bass right on shore. Oh well. I fished from camp on the west beach at night for 30mins. Dull hooks lead to no fish landed.
Sunday - Arrived at the azz crack of dawn to the Oasis launch ramp. Set up my toon when a fisherman launching his boat asked about the fishing. I informed him I was at the narrows the day before but didn't have the energy to do that again. He offered a ride which turned into me fishing with him on the boat all day.
We tried all around buzzing pikey spots for hours on end and eventually trolled the island off of walleye point. BAM he managed a 15lb 4oz carp!
Not impressed we tried the dam for some casting action. It was on! He nailed pike after pike. I was in the back of the boat and got sloppy seconds.
I managed 1 at 22 inches........................
.......and he got around 9 till we moved where he got more!
Is that his snake headed for his foot?
Then we trolled to the narrows where he nailed the pigs!
This one was not measured. It was instantly released to insure survival.
We tried the painted rocks area to no avail and then he managed to lose another pike at the narrows before calling it a day at 3:30pm. I wanted to carry on shore fishing but my poor father had enough and wanted to leave. This was the very last time I go in his car!!!!!! I fish from dawn till dusk dammit!!!!!!!
Thanks again for allowing me on the boat Clark. It was an awesome day even if you just invited me to net your fish LOL!
-TDT (AKA Spike's Pike)
"Like you were gonna marry a carp and put in a tank or something, let it wear a pink dress, and have coffee and conversations with it." - harlin