Sunday, March 25, 2012

Crappie On A Bare Jig

After Friday's hike I got out for about 45 minutes on Ninemile Pond, in Wilbraham.  I was going to paddle and troll for some trout but there were two boats already doing that.  So instead of everyone doing laps around the water I decided to hunt down some Crappie.  There was a lot of action near a fallen tree that was 20' in the water, so that's where I started.  I could see the hatch has already started and a buffet of insects was on the water.  It's generally a tough deep bite with so many options on the surface.  I caught a moderate size bluegill and dropped the bare jig hook into the water a few feet so I can reposition the canoe.  As I grabbed the rod to reel it in I felt a jerk and there was a crappie.  It wasn't a pretty way to catch a fish but I won’t complain.  After I tossed the crappie I paddled to shore and packed up.  It was just good to get out in the canoe.  I haven’t figured out if it was the scent of the bait on the hook that might have been left over, the fact it was a red hook, or it was a defensive attack.  I guess it doesn’t really matter, a fish on is a fish on.

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