I've been getting my gear together lately and been waiting for a chance to head out. Well my chance came up so I packed up and headed out. At first I didn't have any luck making bait around the Central Main Canal or All American Canal so I figured I'd head up to Calipatria to buy some goldfish but the store closes early on Saturdays. I ended up finding a nice little canal with some slackwater and managed to pull out four nice fat bluegill until an hour before sunset. Then it was time to find a spot on the Alamo River, a.k.a. Mo. Since it was my first trip and I didn't have too much time I settled for a well used spot right off the road. It was really disappointing seeing all the trash just strewn about such a nice place to fish. So after getting my bait hooked up and in the water, I cleaned up as much as I could.
Around 8pm I got a good run but he mush have spit the bait. At 9:30pm I got another and managed to bring in a 9 pound Flathead. That was it for the night. I fished until 1am and wanted to stay longer but knew that if I did, I would be too tired to drive home safely. There was a nice breeze and I had no problems with mosquitoes. I had a blast! Looking forward to my next trip.
Checking out Sunbeam Lake. This might be a good place to catch blugill for bait.
Central Main Canal.
If you look close you can see a catfish hanging out in the murky shallows.
I bet there's good fishing at these drops.
Grass Carp chillin' at the surface. These fish are protected, as they help keep the canals clean.
I finally find a place that holds some nice size bluegill.
Flathead Catfish cruise the shallows at night looking for these guys to eat!
I find a spot to fish close to the road. Its nice, except for...
...all the trash left from other fishermen.
So I clean it all up. Hopefully the next person will be more considerate.
Baited up and ready to go.
It turns out to be a very nice evening.
On the second run of the night, I manage to bring in this 9 pound Flathead.
After a few pictures I release him to swim again and get bigger.
There's gotta be a better method than using my hood as a table.
At least I beat the skunk!