I got my honeydews out of the way the week of spring break so I got to spend five days on the river. My Dad and I headed over on Wednesday, and got to fish Bull Shoals dam. We had some good fishing in between some wind gusts that would about blow you down. There was not a lot of people fishing, so we had the place to ourselves. We packed it in later that afternoon, and headed to the Y-Resort to unpack and warmup. That was the last sunshine we would see until Sunday. We hit Arena's Sports Bar that evening for some good food and drink. Debby and Adeline where going to come over Thursday afternoon, but with the chance of snow they decided to start out early Thursday morning. We hit Roundhouse Shoal Thursday morning. Had a little luck but had to work at it to find any fish that was willing to bite. We decided to head up river, and landed at Wildcat Shoals. The water was dead low, and the fishing was not the greatest, but we did manage to catch a few. Debby and Adeline made it over safely, so we we headed to Fred's to eat a little catfish. Great place to eat. The cajun catfish is very good. Nice to watch the deer, turkey's, and young groundhog trying to get something to eat before the snow started to fall. We woke the next morning to about four inches of wet snow. The roads where good so we headed back to Wildcat Shoals to see if the fishing was any better. It wasn't, but the view was excellent with the snow covering everything. Adeline was ready to put a bend in her rod that afternoon so we headed to Dry Run Creek. The fishing was little slow, but it came around, and we had a lot of fun on the snow covered creek. The next morning we headed to Rim Shoals. We manager to hook a few, but nothing like normal. No one seemed to be catching a lot. We final gave it up, and headed back to see if Adeline was ready to hit Dry Run again. We caught a lot of fish at Dry Run. She did hook another large Rainbow, under the same rock that she caught the 26" Brown last year. After a short run down stream the hook popped, and that was that. I would have been crying, but she moved on to the next hole like nothing had happened. We have great times together each and every time we go over there together. It's hard to leave, we'll be back.
Fished the Beaver Tailwater water last Saturday. Cold windy morning, and Dad and I had the river to ourselves until late morning. Fishing was a little slow when we first arrived, but picked up and the sun came up. We fished the pools by the upper boat ramp. We caught a few, but not like we would have thought. Loaded up and headed to Parker Bend. Caught a lot of fish above the bend in the river. Some larger fish too in the 16" range. All Rainbows, and a little Brown.
I broke down and bought a new boat bag. I had a older Fishpond Bighorn Kit bag. It was a good boat bag, but I wanted one that was a little more waterproof and convenient. I ended up looking at the larger Simms, and the Fishpond Westwater Boat Bag. Love the Simms products, and the material that their bags are made out of works great. I have two other packs made from the material and it is both durable and water resistant. All of my other luggage and rod bags are Fishpond, and I've had good luck with them also, so I went with the Fishpond. Great bag so far. Looks durable, and should keep out the rain and water in the bottom of the boat. Great size also.