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Title: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on May 11, 2010, 10:47:46 pm
May 1 2010
Splake
Ompah Ontario.
Matuka (dk. olive).

(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/2010Apr-May015.jpg)

1st picture from a yak, Actually I had another 17" splake earlier in the day, towed him around the lake and tried to get a friend to take a picture.  The splake recovered quite well in the cool water and while my buddy was trying to figure out how to use a zoom, it thrashed off the stringer.  Lippy is out there somewhere.

(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/IMG_0270.jpg)
This a better picture from my buddies camera.  I only had two fish all weekend, one trolling a fly on a type V sinking line and this one.  It was rising for midges (the whole lake was slick with them and the splake's stomach was quite full).
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 12, 2010, 08:17:02 am
Aww. Im super bummed. My work blocks the pictures. Guess I gotta wait till home to see these fish :( A splake? thats awesome!!
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Bellybuster on May 12, 2010, 09:02:10 am
beauty fish!!!
   I used to love catching splake as a kid, sadly they no longer stock them into Georgian Bay.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Wayne on May 12, 2010, 09:59:54 am
That's a nice broo.. I mean la.... hey nice fish. And on a fly too, nice to see :D
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on May 12, 2010, 10:52:15 am
That's a nice broo.. I mean la.... hey nice fish. And on a fly too, nice to see :D

Go ahead and say it...  It is a Frankenfish  :-X, um a splake.  They taste and fight good, picky as all hell, I'm quite appreciative to be able to fish for them (or most anything else), but something isn't quite right about it.  I don't think of them with the same respect as I would a Lake Trout from self sustaining Algonquin Park population.  I fish a lot of stocked waters, but are they toys or an appropriate part of our ecosystem?  Bottom line is that if they weren
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 12, 2010, 11:34:47 am
What? No!! lol. I love splake :) Coming from the south there is not much option for that kinda fishing. I remember my first Splake up on the northern channel. I caught it on a perch colored grandma that I was tossing for big pike. I was super excited as it was a beautiful fish. you are indeed lucky to catch these fish. Im jealous :( haha. When they are dominant and the only thing around I guess it would get boring but I think thats the Canadian kayak fishing record right now. haha. Cause I havent seen one posted. actually right now I cant see your pic. lol as its blocked here. Id throw that in the hall of fame dude.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on May 26, 2010, 09:27:12 am
May 21
1 of 2 landed, and 2 lost (same size)
Rainbow Trout
North Kawartha's
Fly:chenille zonker (green) with stinger (anlge flash)

I caught this one trolling near an island, 15" and very chunky.  Almost immediately after I landed him I got another strike, but operator error lost the fish.  I had a bit of a snarl in the fly line and try to give it a little slack to play with the knot, that is all it took to loose it.  Then I trolled some weeds along along the lake, cleaned it up and got another hookup.  This one fought like a rocket, jumping and thrashing, but lost it near the boat as well.   The 1st hook up was a recently stocked fish, likely 6"-7".  I'm thinking that the 15" fish was stocked last year.  I upgraded nets as well, I had a short handled trout net, it was useless against the splake, they kept flipping out.  This one seems better (lucky strike), but I don't like the extending handle, I'd rather it be fixed.
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/003.jpg)

Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Bellybuster on May 26, 2010, 09:33:34 am
that's a beauty bow, they hit like a freight train.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: stroover on May 26, 2010, 01:04:16 pm
Rockbass, is that a measuring sticker on your paddle? Isn't it uncomfortable, or does it not go all the way to where you hold the paddle?
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on May 26, 2010, 01:42:42 pm
Stroover I'm thinking it's a 36" tape, I guess I don't notice it at all, my hand must be down there.  It's on the left side and I'm right handed, I use an offset grip, so I totally relax the grip when going back the right hand stroke.  I didn't think that the tape would stick to the boat in a useful location.  This seems like the best option.

Bellybuster, the rainbow pretty much hits the fly with full out aggression and fights like a smallmouth.  Right now the upper reaches of the water temps are pretty high, the fish died on the stringer (not ideal, but it still tasted great).  I likely won't go back until fall, I want to concentrate on walleye, try a pike outing and cruise into Bass season (where most of summer fishing will be spent). 
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on May 31, 2010, 09:28:54 am
May 24
Caught a bunch of Rock Bass, Yellow Perch, an OOS Bass and an under slot Walleye.  I woke up pretty early and had the river to myself, worked along some weed lines but really didn't catch anything.  The river was still moving pretty fast, so I worked the shoreline and channel while being pushed downstream.
Perch
Otonabee River
Pink Grub on black jig head
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/020.jpg)

Rock Bass
Otonabee River
Pink Grub on black jig head.
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/021.jpg)
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: BobD on May 31, 2010, 10:19:17 am
Hey Rock Bass, that is an interesting colouration on the perch.  I've never noticed one with such prominent spots between the triangular stripes.  Seeing the spots on the rock bass, that almost looks like a crossbreed.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 31, 2010, 02:50:23 pm
Great Job on the multi species man. That Rainbow is a killer rainbow!
Notice the parasitic desease the Perch has. Its Black Spot desease. Ive seen them pretty heavily affected by the desease. That ones not bad.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: BobD on May 31, 2010, 03:03:20 pm
Black Spot disease?  Is that common?  I've never noticed anything like that around my area, but then I never looked.  What is the affect of the disease?
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on May 31, 2010, 03:19:49 pm
I usually toss most fish back, if they have blackspot, I definately don't bother with them.  Perch and Rock Bass seem to get it the worse.  It's just a parasite, unsightly, sometimes, but if thoroughly cooked does not pose a threat to humans.  It does go right through the skin and into the flesh, looks like you pre-peppered your fish.  Some fish can get completely covered by it.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 31, 2010, 03:32:24 pm
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/janfeb06/raw.html (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/janfeb06/raw.html)
Make sure you cook it good :)
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Bellybuster on June 01, 2010, 07:42:09 am
that was some disturbing morning reading
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on June 01, 2010, 10:41:00 pm
May 30
Otonabee R
Black Crappie
Black Algonquin - 3/8oz
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/003-1.jpg)

I got out for a few more hours (typical) in the evening and into dark.  Managed many rock bass, few perch, an OOS Bass and this guy.  Lost a bigger fish, it was pretty dark, maybe a Large Mouth, Walleye or something else. 
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Wayne on June 02, 2010, 10:15:21 am
Your crappie makes me happy :P
Glad to see you're getting out consistently - I think I'll just fish vicariously through you ha ha.

Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on June 27, 2010, 08:33:50 am
I went out on Bass opener, it was overcast and later got poured on, maybe had 5 hours on the water.  I would have stayed out longer but I was soaked, cold, we had a dinner party with the wife's co-workers and I really had to pee.  Lots of small bass <12", one about 12" and another 14", lots of rock bass, blue gills and few pumpkinseed.  Of course there is always one that gets away, likely 3lb.
June 26
Blue gill
Coon Lake
Tied Jig 1/8 oz (way to small working on some 1/4 and 3/8oz)
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/001.jpg)
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/002.jpg)

I was working a lily pad bay hoping for some largemouths, I kept getting hits, must have been swarms of these, I eventually hook a bigger one.
Pumpkinseed (on a 8 wt  ::)
Coon Lake
Deer Hair Frog Pattern
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/004.jpg)

Largemouth Bass
Coon Lake
Either the small jig or a twister tail (kept switching)
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/003.jpg)

Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Wayne on June 28, 2010, 10:32:33 am
Nice fish, maybe bump it up to a 9 or 10 wt with those pumpkinseeds lol. I can't believe he got that in his mouth!

That jig-fly looks like it would have some nice action with the fur in it - rabbit I take it.

I went out on Bass opener, it was overcast and later got poured on, maybe had 5 hours on the water.  I would have stayed out longer but I was soaked, cold, we had a dinner party with the wife's co-workers and I really had to pee.
These I think are the real challenges of this tournament, especially the wife's dinner party!

I have peed through the scupper in the foot well so that I didn't have to go to shore :D

Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on July 25, 2010, 10:43:14 pm
July 21
Fallfish
Indian River
Muddler Minnow
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/001-1.jpg)
The camera does a bad job of catching the pearly irridesence of these guy. 

July 25
Smallmouth Bass
Trent River
3" Mister twister tail (smoke)
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/003-1-1.jpg)
My only fish caught of the day, should have looked somewhere else when I saw all the traffic on the river.  There was quite the current in the river, I crammed myself up on this dead fall to hold position.
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: EagleEyesFlash on July 26, 2010, 02:20:38 pm
Another Fallfish Yeah!
(had read that "Mr Muskie" ( Bill Craig )thought the
best muskie fishing was when the fallfish were running on his part of the Ottawa R. I
still think he might have them mixed up with Mooneye )
What lake did your splake come from?
( Half the fun near Ompah is finding the lakes..and need Crown Road permit )
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on July 26, 2010, 03:57:36 pm
Hi Brent,

  I had to go through a swamp, through some woods and into a riffly section of the Indian for that fallfish.  Going back down was a lot more fun.  I picked up the splake in the same lake as you (Granite, Grindston, G-something).  I plan on taking the kids camping on schooner lake this summer and maybe a fall solo trip (never seems the time to do something like that).  I think the musky would target them (fallfish), the biggest I caught was 13"-14", but that was wet wading.

John
Title: Re: Rock Bass
Post by: Rock Bass on August 16, 2010, 10:01:38 pm
August 1
Northern Pike
Ottawa River
Williams Wabler (picked up from flee market, lots of metal....)
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/Deep%20River%20Aug%202010/009.jpg)

August 1
Walleye
Ottawa River
Worm harness
(http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b420/jtymoshuk/Kayak/Deep%20River%20Aug%202010/013.jpg)