|This rocky path is actually Grindstone Creek.|
|That puddle is all that's left of a hole that's typically 20 feet wide, 70 feet long, and up to 10 feet deep. It was full of hungry little fish.|
I've been experimenting with bait for microfishing lately. I started out with earthworms, but I don't like the smell, they're tough to corral, and they can be tough to get onto a hook. I've tried Minnow Bait, but it doesn't stick well to the tiny hooks. I switched to PowerBait scented, tiny pink worms, and they work pretty well, but they're still tough to get on the hook. Last night, I tried a rubber band dipped in crawfish FishSticks attractant. This was, by far, the easiest bait to get onto those tiny hooks that I've tried.
Maybe it was just the hungry fish in the tiny puddle, but the rubber band got slammed immediately.
|A ~70mm Green Sunfish was the first fish I caught on a rubber band. I like the FishSticks attractant because it's like a glue stick and I can just dip the rubber band right into it.|
A couple of the topminnows struck the rubber band, and I even hooked one, but I was failing to get one all the way in. I stalked the minnows to the other side of the puddle (which was still ~20 feet x 15 feet) and finally connected with one!
|Lifer #35: Blackstripe Topminnow!|
|I forgot my little acrylic box for photography at home.|
I was getting tons of strikes on the rubber band, but the fish seemed too big for the hook. I switched to a size 18 fly hook tipped with a PowerBait worm and I landed a couple more fish before calling it a night.
|This Common Shiner was the largest fish I caught yesterday.|
- Green Sunfish, 73mm
- Green Sunfish, 80mm
- Bluegill, 70mm
- Blackstripe Topminnow, 63mm
- Common Shiner, 117mm
- Bluegill, 68mm
- Green Sunfish, 94mm
- Green Sunfish, 84mm