Monday, June 27, 2011

6-27-2011 Stones River

I got to go fish the Stones River with Blake and Deanna Young from NuCanoe today. We started out trying to fish the Caney Fork but with generation it did not work. Sunday was the original plan but rain messed us up so it ended up being Monday.

 It was a day of highs and lows. The highs are I put around 42 inches of bass in the boat. The lows are I did not put my fishing partners on any fish and I had the biggest bass I’ve ever had hooked get off at the kayak. I forgot my net and tried to horse it in to the kayak by grabbing the line. As soon as a grabbed the line the bass shook the hook. I don’t know how big it was but it would have been a personal best by far. I thought it was a carp at first. That fish will haunt me. I did catch a couple of 15 inch bass and a couple of 12- 13 inch bass.

The weather was great and if I could have spent more time I think I could have hooked a few more. I tried out the new swivel seat and the kayak cart. Both worked great. I can not say enough great things about my NuCanoe.  As most folks will say no kayak is perfect but I really like mine.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

6-18-2011 Caney Fork

I got a chance to hit the Caney Fork for some trout fishing with a buddy up the street. I hoped to use the float to pre scout the river for next weekend if I get a chance to float with some folks from NuCanoe. The weather started out fairly nice partly cloudy but ended up in a thunderstorm.

 It was a 5 mile float which was awesome and the NuCanoe was a blast to fish out of.

We launched around 7 in the morning and finished around noon with a 1 hour delay on the side of the river in the pouring down rain and thunder and lighting. I caught a little bream on a trout magnet to start the day. Next a hooked into a 12" brown trout.
Around 8 they started generating with one gate and the river picked up for around an hour. During that time the fishing wasn't too good because of me not really knowing how to float and fish at a fast rate. Once the generation slowed down a switched to a Little Cleo and caught a couple that got off at the boat.

I had a good rainbow hooked but he shook free at the boat. That will teach me to use a net. I landed one more brown trout about 14" and then the clouds got dark and I started paddling like I heard banjo music.

We pulled over on the bank for about an hour and let the thunder and lighting pass.

After the lighting passed we hit the water for the last quarter mile stretch.

We ended up not fishing the last part of the river trying to bet the storm and get off the water once the lighting passed. I landed 2 browns and 2 bream. I had another brown and a rainbow shake the Little Cleo at the boat. I think I figured it out right before the rain so next time I hope to do a little bit better. We saw beavers, minks, and all kinds of birds. All in all it was a blast.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Alli's First NuCanoe Trip

This morning I finally got Alli out on the NuCanoe. Going out with her was one of the main factors in me buying a NuCanoe. We only had about 45 minutes to fish after searching for a place to buy crickets .I decided to fish at one of the boat launch ramps on Percy Priest.

 Her first cast she hooked up with a fish. I had to adjust the drag on the Princess reel but she finally mad some headway on the fish. She ended up catching a 10" small mouth. This was here first offical fish caught and her first on the Nucanoe. Mather of fact it was the first smallmouth ever landed in the NuCanoe.
She ended up catching 3 bream and the small mouth.

 Within 5 minutes she was asking for a snack. I had the covered so we were good. She enjoyed getting crickets out of the tube but by the end of the trip I had about 20 running around the NuCanoe. All in all today was a good day.