August 6, 2016 – Walnut Creek – Joe Pool Lake

Got an early start at the lake and found more shad in the shallow water where I launch.  I guess they are returning, since the flooded waters are going down. I threw my cast net six times, and it opened to a good circle five times.   Got a few shad that were the size of small bluegills.

Jigged a small tree in the creek for about two minutes, then noticed the limbs were moving on the other side.  A large snake was in the tree with his head down near the water.  I got out of there.

I anchored up where I found some good structure on the fish finder. I caught a very nice bass with a senko.

I caught a few mud cats, two channels, and not much else.  I tried the cut shad and some dip baits.  I did manage to catch a small crappie while tossing a road runner around.

So, I decided to make one more cast before I left, and got a small bass sitting next to the shore.  This one was caught on a road runner.

Video here.

November 7, 2015 – Bethany Park – Allen

Too windy for the kayak today, so I decided to go out to Bethany Park in Allen.  I wanted to continue practicing with my baitcast rod/reel.  I grabbed a few bullfrog colored senkos and tried all the ponds.  I only caught fish in the north and center ponds.  Three bass total.  The first bass was “normal” size, and the other two were small.

I did not have any backlash in the reel, and I can cast an unweighted senko (wacky rig) around thirty yards.  I did not have to set the hook once a fish got on, I just started reeling and the circle hook set itself.


April 4, 2015 – Walnut Creek – Joe Pool Lake

Picked up a hummingbird 598ci SI fish finder.  The water was still dirty in the creek, but I just wanted to test the side imaging.  I was able to see all the structure out to the sides of the boat, but no fish.  I spent most of the time playing around with the controls, and trying different settings.

I had to go deep into the creek before I started seeing any bait fish at all.  I saw a few dots on the SI and thought I’d try to catch one.  A small bass hit my road runner around 10 feet away from the bank.

That was the only fish of the day.  Next time I’ll go further in the creek to see if anything is there.