July 17, 2005
I fished on lake St-Francis with Neil today for Smallmouth Bass and had another tough day once again. We began by not knowing if we would even be able to fish when we drove through a torrential downpour, heading there. Fortunately, by the time we arrived at the lake it had subsided considerably. I do think however that it caught up with us about an hour later as we ended up fishing in rain so heavy that the auto bilge pump even kicked in. Fish were biting senko’s during all of this and the rain didn’t seem to matter! The winds were from the N/NE at less than 10 MPH and the humidity was unbearable. With the air temps in the upper 70’s early in the morning, we knew it was going to be a sticky one. Close to 15 smallies were caught today under extreme conditions, up to 4.5 pounds. Most of the day was spend either putting on or taking off our rain gear! There were so many floating weeds on the surface that presenting these baits was almost impossible in some areas, when the winds died off near noon. If we could have caught all the fish we actually saw today, it would have been a spectacular day on the water. Unfortunately most of the larger fish in the 4 to 5 pound range were lookers and not takers on this bizarre weather of a day. I guess we fended all right considering all that “Mother Nature” had to throw at us!