This past weekend had nothing but rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for a majority of the Midwest. So I decided to play it safe and stick around the home waters. Saturday after the storms steered clear, I gathered up my gear, son, and my adopted son. Adopted son is just a neighborhood kid that I treat as my son because he is always at the home front. Hooked up the ole Sylvan and headed down to the lake. Dropped the boat in the water and off we went. Started pitching the jig and a pig combo, and landed 2 nice largemouth right off the bat.
I had set-up son and adopted son with the tried and true method of fishing Candlewick, a twister tail 4 feet under a bobber. This method has always worked well and has caught pretty much every species that swims in the lake. My son was a little detained playing with his cell phone, so he came home empty handed. Adopted son caught some really nice fish on the other hand. Adopted son hasn't fished much in his short life so far, so I have taken upon myself to guide him under my wing to fishing success. The kid plain out has a blast when he comes out fishing, and in return makes me smile from ear to ear. First fish he caught was this nice Crappie that was suspended in 15 fow.
He landed this nice fish in-between my 2 bass. Shortly after I decided to move in a little more shallow and switch up my tactics. I moved into about 6 fow and started casting a streamer I tied up a few weeks ago. I was tossing the 4 wt. fly rod in hope of hooking up with a nice largemouth. In the meantime the adopted soon hooked into something nice. At first glance I thought it was your typical bass, but as it got closer to the boat I knew it was much better.
Adopted son struck gold again with this nice elusive Candlewick Walleye. It measured 14 1/4". We snapped a quick photo and off Wally Eye went. At this point I am getting the feeling I am getting out fished by the young gun which is pretty typical. Back to the task at hand I went slinging my streamer in search of a connection. Finally at last light I connected. It wasn't a monster but a nice 12in. Largie with an appetite and a fight.
I apologize for the quality of the pic, but this was the best one that came out of a dozen snapped. It was a feeling of accomplishment when I landed this guy. I have been trying to target many different species on the fly this year as a challenge for myself. Hopefully there will be more of these to come. All in all it was a great evening on the water with the young guns, and the best part was that we all went home with smiling faces.