orissa is experiencing heavy rains and the weather today was very nice. i was chafing while in the office today and waded thru work reminiscing about my college days when i would go for a bike ride in the rain.
went home had lunch and decided to bunk the routine for a day. called up my guys to let them know that i was on my way and hit the lake behind my office. it is a virgin 70 acre freshwater thing with only one angler in it- Me ! . decided to try the spinner again. readied up my rod and tied on a swivel. clipped the spinner and in the second or third cast had a whopper of a strike. played the fish shortly before losing it. changed the venue a bit and again a strike. played it a bit and landed the first murrel of the day.a small ( by IA standards) 2lb murrel.
that was when the rain started and man it was raining cats and dogs. took out my poncho and waited (getting sodden in the process). i said lets go back but my guys said that no sense in doing so. as we were already drenched might as well continue. so we kept casting and again a strike. fought a bit and lost. i lost three before i scored the next one. this was again landed on a storm spinner (yes they made that too) i had lying in my tackle box gathering rust for the past 3 years. this was around 2lbs plus.
i saw some murrel bailing into bait fish in the shallows but i could not cast the small spinner that far. so i tried the night crawler by halco. i have 2 of these and they were yet to open accounts which one did by catching a small 1.75 lb murrel. the nightcrawler has to be sort of twitched and not popped. a straight retrieve also does not work.
the next three murrels were accounted for by the storm spinner and two were released with the rest being (ahemm) liberated. they were both around 2 lbs. i have only included pics of the murrel with the different bait. the one with the nightcrawler was not taken at the actual site. i am getting better, earlier i would have lost most of these fishes owing to the fact that i tend to pull too hard. now just hope these fish get bigger.