Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The photo part has been especially fun this week because of my new GoPro Hero 3, which I've only had for about a week. I love the effect of the super-wide angle, and I continue to be amazed by the quality of photo a GoPro takes. Mine has WiFi and can be linked with a phone app, but I haven't done that, and I don't have the photo viewing accessory. Therefore I just hold the camera out and press the button, hoping that when I put them on my computer I like what I find. So far, I have.
This morning's photo work was extra fun and easy because I spent a couple of hours with Alton Jones, who I consider one of the best in the business from a photo standpoint. Enough writing about taking photos, though. The afternoon light is about to get good, so it's time to start shooting again!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Something significant about the afternoon photo opportunity was that the sun was out at all. We hadn't seen much of the sun for a couple of days.
More of the same on tap for tomorrow, beginning with a morning of fishing and photo work with Alton Jones. And the sun is supposed to shine again. Good thing, because word is that the morning will begin really cold.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Left our lakeside cottage at Joe Wheeler State Park on the early a.m. for a biscuit and a mighty good cup of coffee from The Minnow Bucket.
Now we're riding through the dark toward a ramp on Pickwick, where we'll target both largemouths and smallmouths. Jimmy Mason says the bite has been good. I'm in a Pickwick state of mind.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
It was fun getting out for a head start on the three full days of Tennessee River fishing that will follow, and in truth the rain and semi-cold air only added excitement. It also allowed us to have the Wheeler tailwater to ourselves.
Tomorrow's plan is to spend a full day on Pickwick with Jimmy Mason. Oh, and if you happened to read a day or two ago when I said the rain was supposed to clear by tomorrow. That's changed. Cold, dark and wet, all day long. Sound like smallmouth fishing weather to me!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The good news is that I'll be traveling opposite the direction the rain normally moves, and that it's supposed to be pushed through by Monday morning, when fishing plans officially start. Whether we'll end up sneaking out for a while tomorrow afternoon upon arrival, I'm not sure. If not, I'll be good and ready, come Monday.
Plan is to fish a day on Lake Wheeler or Wilson and two on Guntersville, where the 2014 Bassmaster Classic will be held in February. I'm looking forward to a few days of good winter bass fishing on the Tennessee River.
I have my camera batteries charged and plenty of memory cleared, so watch for reports here, on my facebook fishing page and on Twitter (@jeffsamsel).
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I also enjoy reading the reports and seeing the photos and am thankful that social media sites let me see who is catching what, and where -- sometimes almost as it is happening. Occasionally I even pull up Google Maps, type in a few things and think, "Hmmmm. It would only be a 20-hour drive to..." So far I've only thought about it!
I'm not sure if it's the ice culture, the ridiculousness of the conditions or the fishing itself that I like best. I suppose it's a blend, and I know the visual game of watching fish on electronics and figuring out the bite plays a major part. Whatever the mix of reasons, there's little doubt that I'm way more interested in pulling fish though holes in the ice than are most fishermen who call Georgia home. I have ice plans in mid-January in Western Pennsylvania. Whether I'll make another trip between now and then I'm not sure. If not, I'll have to keep ice-fishing vicariously.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Word is that the bite has been very good of late, with YUMbrella Rigs, Boo Rigs, jerkbaits and jigs all producing good action. Along with fishing a couple of different lakes, I'll be fishing with five different pros in three days, and I suspect that each will fish a little differently, so I'm guessing I'll get to try several different things.
I actually might sneak out to the Wheeler tailwater on Sunday, after driving to Alabama, and do a little fishing on my own from the rocks, just to mix it up a little and get a headstart on things. That depends a bit on weather. As of now, the forecast is calling for significant rain on Sunday, and if it's coming down hard, I might just settle in and wait to fish from a boat on Monday morning. On Monday, I get to fish with Jimmy Mason. Jimmy guides full time on the Tennessee River, so he's out there every day and pretty well always has the fish dialed in.
The weather appears it will make a cold turn this weekend. High around there today was supposed to hit 72 degrees. Tuesday temps are supposed to top out in the mid-30s. That's part of making fishing plans during the winter, though, and what warm clothes were made for. I'm glad I'll be out on the lake to get cold instead of sitting at my desk.