Monday, February 29, 2016

Is There Such A Thing As A Fishing Slump?

Pitchers have a slump, batters have a slump, quarterbacks have a slump. Can a fisherman have a slump?

Apparently so because I'm in one. I've been skunked the last four times out. It's not that I've not thrown everything at them including the kitchen sink (on a side note, the kitchen sick is not attached to the counter any longer and available for throwing at fish).

I planned on fishing Lake Amador today, but when it got time to leave, I almost passed. Just wasn't feeling 100%, but like every die hard fisherman, I  put aside feeling crappy and headed out to the lake.

I knew the water was finally getting toward full and it's almost there.

Filling nicely
It's filling so well that it's even past the buoys at the spillway. It wasn't very long ago that you couldn't even see the water in the picture below.

The spillway
The area between the cement walk on the far left of the picture and the buoys have produced several nice trout and a couple plate sized Crappie in years (seems like many) past.

Yuki and a fishing buddy of his were out here back on the 26th and he caught 2. They were fishing from kayaks. He didn't tell what he was using.

Having replaced the Magic Bullet lure I launched out into Camanche, I put one rod out with rainbow Power Bait and started throwing the lures (Kastmaster in multiple colors and the Magic Bullet) to no avail. With the water so murky I figured that bright would work. Nope.

Brown water
After several hundred casts (if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. Maybe 50 or less) with lures I changed one rod to white/red Power Eggs and gave that a try.

About an hour and half into the day I gradually deteriorated into feeling like shit and called it a day. Didn't want to be out in the middle of nowhere if I got (and I won't describe what) sick.

So I'm thinking it might be a good idea to change the name of the blog to Northern California No Trout. Hey, at least I still have a sense of humor.  

Stay tuned.


  1. There's definitely a fisherman's slump. I know. Sorry you're in one. This, too, shall pass.

  2. Mark
    Those lakes you fish out there, are therapy enough to get anyone out of the house.
    I read this article in Field and Stream the other day and thought about sending it to you, but forgot, I think this would be a good time for you to read the article----I am thinking of using some of these for bluegill soon. Hope you get to feeling better soon and will give these worms a try.

  3. It might help if you had the link--senior moment----

    1. Thanks Bill. Meal worms have been on the "bait" list for years. Only problem is finding them. Used to be a place up the road that had meal worms that were .............. about this big. Unfortunately she went out of business. Now all we can find are little ones. I even have one rod strung with a slip bobber rig just for meal worms. Guess I'll have to dig it out.

  4. Don't worry... Take a week or two off and then get out there again. When I get into a funk. I let it go for awhile. It seems to help.

  5. Don't worry... Take a week or two off and then get out there again. When I get into a funk. I let it go for awhile. It seems to help.

  6. Mark
    Forgot to mention that pet shops often have mealworms to feed the birds and snakes--might check one of the pet shops close by

  7. It was October last year when I last was able to cast a fly. family illness , work and floods have kept me off the bank. Stop complaining you dont know how lucky you are...

    1. Thanks Andy. I shall forever have a zipped lip. Hope you get out soon.

  8. Hang in there Mark, you're still vertical! Things will pick up next trip.

  9. Mark there is no such thing as a fishing slump...only a catching slump. It will indeed end just as that crappy feeling you experienced.