Morning- woke up, grabbed an ultralight, and went down to the creek. I saw lots of shiners and sunfish and even a few small bass, I got several Greenies, Longears, and Bluegill. I didn't have my DSLR with me so I used my Nikon Coolpix S630 for these, and I think they turned out pretty well.
After that, I went to my secret spot, armed with 2 carp float rods and my 5wt Clouser. I saw tons of fish today, mostly carp and buffs. I went ahead to where I saw gar yesterday and set up a carp rod there, baiting with sweetcorn. I put a yellow inline spinner on my other rod and started blindcasting it around. I got a bump and set the hook and missed it, then 2 more bumps and a fish hooked up. BAM Sandbass! I was pumped! First sandbass ever from the secret spot!
I casted again with a twin of the same sandbass.
Cast 3 resulted in a small LMB
a few casts later I switched to the fly rod. First cast I hooked up on something big
FAT with eggs
I called Jonathan and got voicemail, so I kept casting. I caught 10 or so more sandbass then changed the carp rig to a catfish rig with stinkbait thinking I might get a channel cat. Well, that was not needed at all, because I got a channel cat on the very next cast with the fly rod
I caught about 8 or 9 more sandbass, Jonathan calls and decides to come get in on the action. He's on his way when I hooked something huge, it hit like a freight train then turned and swam upstream, stripping off line like crazy. I fought this thing for several minutes, and I finally saw it- it was a 10+lb Drum. I saw it then shortly after the hook pulled! I lost it!
I caught 1 or 2 more sandies then Jonathan called and I walked the long distance back to meet him and we walked back to the spot together. When we get there, my catfish rod is snagged. I broke off the rig and we kept fishing. Jonathan caught 5 or 6 and I got 2 more, than Jonathan hooked something huge that I think might have been a hybrid striper. The hook pulled. The very next cast, Jonathan hooks a nice 7 or 8lb buff that fought like mad. I didn't get pics, so check Bluegill on the fly for pics. After we released that we moved upstream and we each got a small baby sandie then nothing, so we walked back. I thought the day was over, but no. Jonathan leaves after giving me some stuff(thanks!) and we drive off.
Mom wants to pick up something for dinner. I see a pond close to where she wants to go- Costco pond, connected to the Lake Vista canal system, and Mom lets me fish it for a few minutes. It was worth it! I casted out the carp rod with corn and threw some freebait out, then started walking the banks. I look down and see a large bronze flag- Tailing carp!!! I ended up blanking here but saw 7 or 8 carp. This place is really cool, i'm definately coming back in the near future, I heard there are hybrid stripers and huge blue cats in here!
Well, that's day 1- 6 species. Tomorrow I hope to get a Crappie and a Black Bullhead. Stay tuned!