Happen to see Matt Cain's (SF Giants) perfect game last night?
I had a couple of errands to run in Sacramento today so I figured (with the suggestion of Blake from Illinois Wisconsin Fishing Blog) I'd do a little Shad fishing in the American.
As I was heading out the door I noticed this moth in the bug zapper. You've got to have a bug zapper to keep the moths and other undesirable bugs from getting into the house and terrorizing the cats. This guy was at least 3 inches long and I felt sorry for him, just look at the "deer in the headlights" eyes on him. So being the big softie (my wife says I am) I am, I shut off the zapper and wiggled him out and on his way. Sitting on the deck I could almost see a sigh of relief on his face.
OK, on to Shad fishing. SOP is to cast out the little pink jig, let it swing, and then reel it in. I spent the first hour doing that without any interest. The only interesting thing, for you Carp guys, was a 12" Carp that kept cruising back and forth in front of me. Didn't care about my pink jig though.
Then into the second hour I started seeing "small" Shad cruising the shoreline about 5 feet off shore. I figured that I'd hit them as the swing got to the end because the line was in that 5 foot channel. Not a chance, not even a drive by.
So I waited and when the next group started by, I cast my jig just upstream from them and let it cruise right into the middle of them. I could see the jig, I could see the Shad, and I could see the Shad suck in the jig. Sight fishing for Shad, what a concept. Well it turned out to be a little bigger than "small" in fact it was more like 18" and about 2 pounds. Small by Shad standards, but it cleared the skunk.
By 11:00 it was already 85 degrees and I was sweating like a pig, so with errands to run, I packed up and headed for the air conditioned truck. I guess I used to handle warm (that warm) weather better when I was a flatlander, but living in the mountains had thickened my blood and hot is 75 degrees now. Next time I'll just go a little earlier.
Sunday is Father's Day and I'm fishing with my son on the Cosumnes up by his house. Tenkara - Ken - Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes.