A real scorcher

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A real scorcher

Postby jmdog2003 » Jul Sat 20, 2019 7:28 pm

Oppressively hot as you all know. But a very rare occurrence presented itself. I was without wife and kids for almost the entire day. So the heat could not be allowed to stop me. I got out early morning and fished til 11:00 a.m. The high, murky water must be keeping the fish cool enough because the heat wave didn't seem to bother them at all. I was only briefly concerned that the jump in flows would mess with the topwater bite. It didn't take long for the fish to reassure me.



Even with the free mid-day hours, I had to duck the hottest part of the day. Headed back out around 3:00 p.m. Even then I knew I'd need to hide under bridges for a few more hours. So I planned my route accordingly. I also only brought the Whopper Plopper and a 4" paddle tail with some jig heads so that I could empty my backpack and load it with fluids. Kept the WP on mostly but would swap out to the paddle tail when current made the topwater impractical.




This little dude swam right up to me and did circles around me as I waded. They're curious and playful little fellows, and seem to be doing well on the river.


I was pretty proud of myself actually. A long day of wading and stomping through tall grass in the heat didn't really phase me. Still got it.
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Re: A real scorcher

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jul Sun 21, 2019 6:36 am

You're a stronger man than most of us, I'd gotten out every day of the high heat and couldn't muster more than a 30 minute outing each time. Plus nothing to show for it haha. That downturn in temps yesterday was pretty wild though.

Nice catches. Awesome that the topwater bite is hot. Is that a mink? I thought those were supposed to be ravenous little creatures.
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Re: A real scorcher

Postby Aux Pleins » Jul Sun 21, 2019 8:19 am

Those minks love some live bait.

Killer urban smallies.
Nature and shit.
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Re: A real scorcher

Postby Rambler » Jul Sun 21, 2019 8:20 am

Fishing in the beastly heat. Do it while you're young! :D
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Re: A real scorcher

Postby Busse Jim » Jul Mon 22, 2019 12:22 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Killer urban smallies.

X2 :clap:
But that Mink made the outing! 8) :thumbup:
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Re: A real scorcher

Postby grems » Jul Mon 22, 2019 11:46 am

After reading this post yesterday I was encouraged to try the west branch, water was high and fast after the storms.

Fish were not buying what I was selling (ned rig and paddletails) in my usual spots, but I did see a mink! Unlike yours he was very shy and disappeared onshore before I could take a photo, still really cool to see them in an urban environment.
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