View Full Version : Melones afternoon bite test

02-06-2012, 10:06 PM
I was bored and decided to take the hour drive up to Melones to check out the afternoon bite. Just went to Tuttle Town with my trusty companion Harley. Yes I know, the name isn't so original but since the dog is a girl it is a bit original. Here she is checking out the lake shore.


As you can see it was a bit windy and was hoping that would make the fish less skittish. I got to the lake at 14:15 and got the lines out. I put out a crawler with a mallow out on the bait rod and started throwing my infamous purple wooly. On MY FIRST CAST I get a hit on the wooly that didn't stick. I thought this is a good sign. Turned out I would have to cast my @$$ off for a few more bites and a couple of fish.

The temps were pretty cool with the wind so I had to bundle up my doggy. I will have her go with me on more trips when the weather warms up a bit. She wouldn't leave my chair until we were ready to go. :rotfl2:


A couple of people I talked to had been fishing most the morning and had nothing to show for it. I knew this would make it tough. I wanted to see the surface action pick up like I have seen previous trips. Cause when the surface activity started my purple wooly would be on fire! The surface activity whet crazy at about 15:40 or so. I was excited due to previous success. It wouldn't be. The fish were surfacing all around my cast and water bobber. It was crazy. I should of been hitting these guys. I tried purple, black, olive, and a pink power worm for very few hits. I did manage to catch two and I guess that is OK for three hours of fishing but I was hoping for more like a dozen or so :) This was a nice one the other I didn't take a pic of.


A guy fishing down from me came over and took the pic.

So a bit slower than I was hoping but at least I avoided a skunk again for 2012. I have an 11-0 record right now and don't know how much longer it can last.

I watched a nice sunset as the storm comes in (so they say). Was hoping the coming storm might trigger more bites. Or at least bites on what I was throwing.


So I was let down a bit by my purple wooly. I'm sure it won't be the last time but at least it didn't totally fail.


02-06-2012, 10:39 PM
Cool dog!!! I love the pic of her a snuggled up, lol. I know those dang trout are keyed on shad. Im suprised the black bugger didn't get hit.

A couple fish and some hits is pretty good for farting around for a couple hrs.

02-07-2012, 06:39 AM
Nice one RnF!

I think you took your BEST partner with you. LOL

Cool that the rise did happen in the afternoon. I wonder if it did correlate with the drop in barometric pressure?
Only the fish know for sure.

That is a pretty fish you are holding and nice size.

Thanks for the great story and pictures.

Your record for the year is still holding and impressive.

Keep it going out there, you ROCK!

02-07-2012, 07:27 AM
Sweet little girl ya got there Doug,sounded like a tough day out there but looks like ya did better than most,lucky you, still 11-0,must be the company you keep. :wink:
great pics as always.......Don