The weather and the smallmouth bite continued to be off the charts for day #3 of our trip with Bobby Wren from Bella Vista, Arkansas and his band of bandits. In fact, it got better! Hot and humid conditions kept the mosquito population in full force, but we were fortunate to avoid a storm system that was threatening to move in on us throughout the day. The smallies were cranking, and our crew put together one heck of a trip with water temps ranging from 67 – 72 degrees. Ed Adair and Milt Myers from Bentonville, AK joined me for a fabulous day of catching fish. Bobby Wren and Paul Dongieux from Oxford, MS were in Dave Brown’s boat. Jigs and plastics caught everything up to 21″ in 2′ to 6′ of water as the boys learned to, “Trust your guide.” Now we have trust fellas! It was a great day, with some great guys. I still can’t get over how much Milt looks like my Uncle John… Or is it my dad???
Well… I guess you could say we were living on borrowed time. After three stellar days on the water we finally had to pay up. A lovely storm system moved in for our final day which made things a bit more difficult than we like, but our crew registered one heck of a performance under extreme circumstances. Clouds, rain, and wind held water temps below 70 degrees and made it difficult to target shallow smallies, but Ed and Milt were up to the task. They boated several nice fish up to 21″ in 4′ – 6′ of water on jigs and plastics and worked for everything they got. It was one heck of a way to end their trip, and I was proud of them for hanging in there. Thanks for an incredibly fun four days guys. Dave and I can’t wait til next year!
Levi Hayman from Siren, WI may only be 8 yrs. old, but this dude knows how to catch fish. His father Mark brought him back to our neck of the woods for his annual birthday present, and the pleasure was all mine! We were dealt a tough hand from the start with storm systems cycling in throughout the day, but we worked our butts off to make the best of it. After a tough start, the boys put a limit of walleyes in the boat before lunch. Their fish ranged from 15″ – 17″ and were all caught on leeches in 12′ of water. Water temps held pretty steady at 67 degrees after all of the rain we received the night before. It was probably a much needed correction after the incredibly fast warm up we had. With a cooler full of fillets, Levi decided he was going to catch some bass in the afternoon. Did he ever… I’ve never had someone so young do such a great job. By the end of the day, he was casting and setting the hook like an old pro landing fish up to 20″ in 4′ to 6′ of water on jigs and plastics. This kid can fish folks, and it was an honor to be a part of his birthday gift once again. Thank you to the Hayman family for giving such a cool gift to such a cool kid. You did an awesome job today Levi, and I can’t wait til next year.
Have a great week everyone. We’ll see you on the water!!!