Tired of all of this rain yet? If you live in South Eastern PA and enjoy fishing, you may be praying for a drought. This April has been a wet one with four inches of rain so far.
Not sure about you but I’m tired of getting rained out on perfectly fish-able weekends. Last night I tied three awesome crayfish deer hair jigs and I had to test them out. I knew the weather forecast was for rain all weekend but there were Smallmouth Bass somewhere for the catching, come hell or high water.
I decided to brave the elements and head out for a mid-day fishing trip on the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.
It rained all night and there was a little drizzle coming down. When I arrived at the scene the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek was a little high and fast but otherwise it was fairly clear. I decided to tie on one of my new deer hair crayfish jigs and give it a go.
Hunting for dinky fish
The area I chose to fish was picked for one reason, it holds TONS of dinky fish. During the summer months you can dangle a bare hook in the water under this dam and catch loads of small Bluegills and Rock Bass. My goal today was to catch at least one of these dinky fish on my new creation as proof that what I tied was worth tying. Even if it was a 3″ Bluegill I didn’t care at this point I just wanted a fish on the line.
I threw my first cast out across the dam slowly bouncing the 1/16oz deer hair jig off of the rocky bottom. I quickly found that with fast high water 1/16oz and a clump of deer hair had trouble getting down to the bottom. I brought my first cast back to the bank, no fish.
Two more casts were thrown with not so much as a single bite. I tend to get a little impatient when I fish especially if I’m in an area where I shouldn’t be getting snubbed (especially by dinky fish). I decided to bring my line in close and vertically jig the still water on the near side of the stream.
All of a sudden I felt something slam the line. So far this year my largest fish was a stockie size Rainbow Trout; This pull felt different. My heart leaped into my throat, not only was this the first fish that bit my custom deer hair jig but this was a fish of size!
When the fish latched on to my lure I wasn’t quite sure what I had on the line. The East Branch is a great place to catch little dinky fish but I’ve never seen anything of size come from this spot. I actually got to use my drag a bit as I walked down the bank closer to the water. It was my mission not to let this one get off the line. This was my first fish on my deer hair jig and I had a feeling it was the largest fish I’ve ever caught at the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. This fish was special and I’m glad I was able to bring it in.
After measuring the 13″ Smallmouth Bass I went to remove the hook and realized that it was lodged smack dab in the middle of its upper jaw right in the bony part. I was surprised I was able to set the hook hard enough to get it in there. This fish must have been hungry!
A little later (after catching zero additional fish) I decided to walk up stream a bit. After a little time fishing one spot I noticed something strange walking down the bank on the opposite side. It was a dog! The dog walked down to the stream, got a drink and proceeded to watch me fish. Not knowing if this dog was friendly or a rabid, man eating, stray I tried to play it as cool as I could. I hoped it wouldn’t swim across and bite my face off.
As I continued to fish this dog sat motionless on the other side of the bank all the while staring silently at me fishing. It was weird and cool at the same time, just me and this random dog hanging out and enjoying the fishing experience. I didn’t catch anything at this new spot but I threw a few extra casts for the dog’s amusement.
I hit up two other places on the East Branch and main part of the Perkiomen Creek but I wasn’t able to land any additional fish. Sometimes one good fish can make your day and today was one hell of a day!
Oh yea and I saw a brain sucking alien monster…
Hopefully another one of you outdoorsy types can help me identify this thing. Until then I’ll be stocking up on canned goods and buying guns for the impending alien invasion…
Have you or someone you love been abducted by weird wormy ball alien things hanging from trees? How’s the Smallmouth fishing in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comments below!