Launched mid-morning on Thursday, February 19th from Antelope Point.
Sure do love the lack of crowds and glass this time of year.
Did some graphing and trolling in the upper end of Gunsight Bay, caught a couple dinky stripers, but
did not see much on the graph in the 30-60' depths so enjoyed the empty cruise up to Last Chance
Bay. Couldn't help but contrast the quiet with the roar of the big boat race through these parts last September.
First mate Sylvester enjoys the early sun in Last Chance Bay, his 50th morning on the lake.
Last Chance Bay was a little slow for me, but there were definitely fish on the graph. Friday morning
payed off, trolling over a shelf which dropped from about 25-45' had a double hook up and reeled in the
two biggest fish of the trip, just over 19" and fat as footballs. Caught a handful more trolling, as usual
around the 20' depth.
That afternoon cruised over to Padre Bay and drifted in the stillness and calm, realizing it may be another
nine months before that part of the lake will be as quiet.
Had good luck trolling the narrow shallows (30-50' of water) in the upper end of Padre Canyon, catching
5 dinks and about a 3 lb striper in less than an hour. It's a tight canyon which makes trolling tougher, it seems
someone who knew how to spoon or if you threw chum it could fill the ice chest.
Saw a couple Bald eagles which appear to be nesting near Gunsight Butte.
Trolled for a bit Saturday morning, catching one 5" Smallmouth Bass that was nearly as thick as my wrist.
One thing is for sure the fish I've seen in the last 4 months have been chunky. Though the parking lot
was empty, did see a total of three other boats on the water in three days.
Thanks for all you do for the lake. We hope to see you out there soon.