I didn't have too much time, and I wasn't sure which creeks had running water (Grindstone Creek behind our house...a tributary of Hinkson Creek....is bone dry), so I headed to Capen Park. I've been driving over Hinkson Creek there all week on my way to the corn field so I at least knew it had standing water, if not running.
Luckily, the water was running at Capen Park!
I saw a group of small sunfish almost straight away. I started with a scented rubber band on a tanago hook, but in the dim light it was impossible to see and I wasn't catching anything. I quickly switched to bright pink PowerBait worms on a tanago.
Almost immediately upon switching, a small sunfish took the bait.
I worked my way over to some deeper water beneath Capen's cliffs and pulled out a ~5" Green Sunfish. Normally, I pull my bait away when I see a Green Sunfish/Bluegill heading for it, but I just wanted the monkey off my back last night!
|The deepest pool I encountered last night. Probably ~2-3 feet deep in the middle. This was a crayfish/Green Sunfish hotspot.|
Once I caught the Green Sunfish I started having better luck. I tried to catch some small Largemouth Bass, but a Creek Chub darted out and stole my bait.
Edit: Looks like it's a Sand Shiner, lifer #39!
As it crept closer to sunset, I started getting more bites, but still not many more caught fish. Another sunfish came in and just barely got the tip of the hook:
I spent a few minutes trying to catch a topminnow to finish the night:
|This stupid fish got himself hooked deep. Luckily, the forceps I carry for dealing with the tanago hooks allowed me to safely extract it and release the fish.|
- Longear Sunfish
- Green Sunfish
- Largemouth Bass
- Creek Chub
- Shiner sp.
- Orangethroat Darter
- Blackstripe Topminnow