So, I had some time one Saturday morning, and decided to head up to Newton to fish. I dropped in the local bait shop, which had a great selection – Rauch’s. Don’t go there by Google Maps, I’ve submitted a map correction for it but I wasted fishing time driving to a cow pasture.
I headed up to the North end, parked at the state’s parking lot and set off towards the bank. You might notice if you go up there, it’s all been washed out. The trails are gone, and it took some climbing to get down to fish. But a couple 1/2oz dark brown finess jig casts later and I had a new fish on the line.
That’s right. I’ve done a fair amount of fishing, but I’ve pretty much only went after Catfish, Walleye, and Sunfish on purpose, and just haven’t had much bycatch (that I can remember). I’ve just never been a bass fisherman. So this is my #1 First Largemouth Bass. I caught a whole lot of them that day. It was in the 20s, and I had ice in my beard, but I caught fish. So that’s good. I rigged up some crawlers for panfish and threw up into some necks. Newton is NOT a panfish fishery, buy any stretch of the imagination, but there are some there. I’m glad I did because I caught a new species doing it. The neck was just full of these little longears. They were really small, and had very light coloration.
It was still a little slow, so I thought I would try my hand at catfish. I feel like, although my dad is the Guru of Catfish, I have a pretty good handle on a few sure-fire ways to catch them. So I went down to the dam, tied up a carolina rig with 2 oz. worth of a snagless sinker (slinky-type) and threw as hard as I could. The sinker actually landed behind me in the road. I had been protected from the wind from the trees before…but now it was impossibly strong. I put on 4 oz, which was the most I could throw on that rod, and it landed in front of me this time…but only by a few yards. If I had it all to do over again. I would have taken a BB Gun and used balloon rigs to float it out from one of the points north of the dam.