January 8, 2019....Upper River....Bass Jan 9, 2019 15:47:01 GMT
Post by Ghost Comanche©® on Jan 9, 2019 15:47:01 GMT
I had to get a day in before our forecasted colder weather hits. With high temps near 60 degrees and winds 5-10mph, I was determined to catch some fish. My original plan was to hit a wintering hole on the Occoquan River with George. Unfortunately, George is battling the remnants of the flu, so I was solo. I looked at the gauges for the UP, and the river did not jump as much as forecasted and was projected to be about 6 foot at Point of Rocks today. I decided to scout the water conditions yesterday and saw the river was green, but swift. The ramp was covered in mud. I decided to go for smallies closer to home and came prepared with a shovel to clear the ramp some. After shoveling, I got on the water just after 9:00am. I tried a spot near the ramp,but got no bites. Next, I hit some island blow down eddies we had luck on in the Fall. I was fishing tubes and jigs mostly. I caught my first smallie of 2019 on one of George's jigs with an Erie Darter style trailer. It was a nice 17" chunk.
I did not catch any more at that spot, so decided to move upriver. I went up to the next island and caught one smaller fish about 12" or so on a tube.
After that, I decided to head upriver to a permanent current break. It was a flooded island and I worked it over good with no bites. I decided to hit blowdowns on the islands while floating back. I was using a bitsy bug jig with an Erie Darter style trailer and hooked a fish. It did not feel big at first and I was reaching for the net when it woke up and started fighting and diving under the boat. After a short fight, I was able to net what turned out to be my longest smallie yet, at 21".
I just kept floating and putting my anchor down (which would drag) when I got to a blowdown that caused an eddy. I caught another smaller fish and then a 17"er.
I was switching between the jigs and a tube and then the tube bite picked up, so I stuck with the tube mostly.
I ended up catching a couple more smaller fish and one that was 15.5"
I lost a couple fish due to poor hooksets, but I ended up catching three in the last spot I hit before heading back in. The bite was either a thunk, or just weight on the line. I really enjoyed the warmer day and was fortunate to catch some nice fish (8 total). I was off the water a little before 5:00pm.