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The Blackbrook redemption

This is spring. A time when the cherry blossom (sakura) blooms.

It’s been a while since I last fished the Blackbrook. Usually, I would come here for the chubs, but in the winter months, chub fishing isn’t really as good. The reason is just simple; you need the growth along the banks to shield you from the ever so easily spooked chubs. But, there are others to catch.

First peach of the evening. Not a bad start at all. This one, like the rest was caught using a light Texas rig with 3" craw.

Lately, it’s not been raining and the water level has been quite low, definitely not the ideal time to be fishing for chubs. I’ve seen some big ones (about 4 lbs or more) swimming about, but they were ignoring most types of lures. But, hey… there’s the perch. The low water level, coupled with the slow flow is just ideal for the perch. Usually, the hard part lies in finding them. But in the brook, they are mostly found in the slow flowing deeper water.

One of the smaller ones, also on a light Texas rig.

An up-close shot of one of the small perch.

For the record, it’s been ages since I last fished the Blackbrook. But, it didn’t take long for me to almost catch a big one which eventually got away. I was fishing with a ¼ oz spinnerbait on a MH combo and lost the fish in the middle of the fight. As a matter of fact, I didn’t expect a take on the first cast. Well, it was actually due to the fact that the hook hasn’t been set well enough. The disappointment and frustration alone made me want to walk straight back to my car and go home, which I did eventually.

This is where I pulled two good size perch. Notice the snags.

But, I kept thinking about the perch even in my sleep and decided to make a return trip. It’s not about seeking revenge, but to redeem myself. This time, I’ll be switching tactics (no reaction baits). I’ll be fishing with the Texas rig 3” craw, and nothing else. Amazingly, the trip started quite well. I pulled two good size perch from a single spot within just minutes fishing. By the time I arrived at the very spot where I’d lost the big one the day before, I was more than well prepared. I knew that I had to catch the fish on my first pitch or leave empty handed. True to my predictions, everything went accordingly. The hook-set that followed was much better than yesterday’s. For the size, fish fought very well. It wasn’t as big as what I’ve expected, but it was good enough for me. Most importantly and once again, I redeemed myself after yesterday’s failure. The question remains, can I do it right the first time next trip?

The one that got away yesterday but not today!

Second chances don't come often. This is the spot where I lost the same fish (most probably) and caught it again a day later with a different bait.

An up-close view of the biggest fish of the evening.

As always, thanks for reading.
[ 2011/03/21 09:37 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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