Parke has gone out in his john boat several times, either alone or with a friend, when he's not in class, and with the milder temperatures, not only have the flowers been blooming about three weeks earlier than normal, but the lakes have been warming up, too. And that has triggered an earlier bass bite and spawning season. But even when the fish weren't biting, Parke was out taking photos of amazing sunsets, and beautiful nature scenes. One was so outstanding, it even made the front page of our local newspaper. The glory and beauty of a sunset is absolutely captured in this amazing shot he took....
|What an amazing mid-winter (really) sunset! This photo was on the front page of our local newspaper, above the fold.|
|Of course a camera doesn't do justice to nature or even a painting, but there's no denying that Parke's photo is quite amazing in its composition and color.|
|Without a scale or tapemeasure on him, we can only estimate these two fish. But my comment to Parke was that the one in his left hand looked about long enough (22") to qualify as a release citation. They are both beautiful bass.|
|Usually an impending front means good fishing.... Not that evening. This was all we caught before the threat of rain, lightning and heavy winds chased us off the water....|
|The first clouds of the coming front weren't a problem.... It was those that came later that made us get off the water sooner than we had wanted.|
|As we searched for bass beds, using our polarized lenses, Parke would stick his head down in the lake. (I worry about that boy sometimes.... Ah, not really.)|
|Carefully moving among some "flats" filled with cypress trees, we continued searching for the tell-tale signs of bass beds.... open circles, cleared of debris and vegetation, protected by the bass that cleared it.|
|Even if the fish aren't biting, time that a father and son spend fishing together, is time well spent.... But I look forward to posting a photo of me like that first one of Parke with the two bass.... (To be continued.)|
|It only took 13 months since I caught the giant rockfish, but I finally received my first official citation.|
We are entering the time of year when largemouth bass fishing is at its peak. Here's hoping we can both add another citation to our walls in the upcoming weeks. I'll have my tape measure and camera on me, just in case....
Until next time,
Epilogue: I received this photo from Parke late this afternoon. It may not be a bass, but it's pretty much the biggest bluegill I've seen in a long, long time. I'd say it's a citation.... What do you think?
|Even wearing a goofy hat, Parke knows how to catch a bass. We saw this one on its bed, and kept casting toward it, irritating the heck out of it, until it finally couldn't stand it anymore and attacked Parke's jig.|