10 hours ago
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I enjoy warmwater flyfishing as much if not more than trout and saltwater fishing. Though I have to travel about an hour from my front door to find a decent trout stream, I can walk out my front door and be casting over water in about 5 minutes. The area I live in is peppered with lakes and ponds of all sizes. Since New Jersey's trout fishing is a 3 season affair for me, I need something else to occupy my time during the summer months. That means bass, panfish, carp, and the occasional trip to the beach for some salty action.
Panfish are probably my favorite. Abundunt, scrappy and great fun on a three weight. Early mornings and late evenings can often produce some great topwater action. Probing the depths during the day will produce some of the biggest fish of the day. They tend to school up by size class, so if you locate a good sized fish you bound to find some more in the same area.
You will find these little fish in all colors of the rainbow from drab to brilliant. Not to mention that they are some of the finest eating on the planet. No need to feel guilty about taken the occasional stringer of fish home either. In most waters around here they are ignored and thereby abundant, sometimes too abundant and the population can certainly sustain a few meals a year.