I make my own inline spinner with flies that I tie a lot to go fishing. I also make them if people order them from me and find it rewarding to help others catch fish. It's fun experimenting with different patterns and this one seemed to be certainly a hit with all the fish on this day! The bluegill were absolutely delicious! The Northern Pike was 25 inches and released to grow bigger.
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A few weeks ago I was out at Pymatuning State Park kayak fishing and had an opportunity to watch this Prothonotary warbler for quite some time hopping branch to branch. It's not always easy photographing steady when on the water, but sometimes they are my favorite shots. Always a treat to see them alongside reservoirs here in Northeast Ohio!
I ended up catching 11 bluegills that were keeper size and threw back countless others. It was such a good day fishing and it's amazing how time will pass so quickly when out on the water in my kayak. I fished for close to 10 hours and had so much fun doing so. There is something so peaceful about fishing and being out on the water. Completely forgetting about everything else for hours!
It's so fun catching fish, but even more fun when you catch a fish that you weren't targeting. I was fishing for bluegills as the walleye bite wasn't that productive. I find it sometimes fun to just revert back to an ultralight rod and fish for bluegills like I did was when I was a kid around the local tributaries around home. I was casting around edges in the shallows and suddenly this 25" Northern Pike hit my homemade Artdoorsman spin fly lure and the fight was on!
It's been a week since I lost my Grandpa. I made this drawing for him. I'm thankful for knowing him all my life and sharing my artwork with him when I was creating it. He loved nature and enjoyed fishing. Whenever I caught fish I would make sure to show him and he would have a big smile on his face. I always enjoyed sharing the fish with him too. I completed this drawing him for today and plan on writing a poem with it and having it framed in his memory. I just wish so much I could show it to him now.
I set up my decoys in a field in the afternoon and did limited calling. Soon I heard the gobbles from afar and grabbed the camera and zoomed to see the Spring King strutting toward me. It was him full strut led by a jake. There were also two hens with him. It was interesting because that's the same amount and type of turkeys I had in my spread! The Gobbler had 1" spurs and a 10" beard. I can't wait to have a turkey dinner!