White Bass Report at Jordan Lake & Latest Woodworking

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So it’s been a very busy end of winter and early spring, both on the water at Jordan Lake, and working on some really cool commissions I wanted to share.

The 2019 white bass run at Jordan Lake was a trickle at first, then starting last Tuesday, it really tuned on.

I took two different days off work when the rain was light, and at least the weather conditions were what I considered optimal. The water conditions were however, not. The river was stained and the main lake was as well. And talk about high water. I usually can’t stand fishing Jordan Lake when it’s high, but I’ve been so busy, frankly, I needed a day on the water and at least everything else had lined up to get out there.

At least it was easy to launch.

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I was looking at a skunk after nearly an hour and a half of searching, but then found them, and when I say found them, I mean found them like never before. Double after double after double trolling, so I just started casting.

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Now most people who fish for white bass for any number of years know they can just about count on days when those fiesty critters just keep biting; fair weather, blue-bird days, overcast, it doesn’t seem to matter, when you get on a biomass of them and have the right lures; it’s indeed non-stop fishing. And I have had many of those days. I thought I’d known no more frantic fishing until last week. I got tired of catching and releasing them; mainly because out of probably 200ish fish on the day, only 1 met the new 14″ minimum for my creel. And they’re just about my favorite fresh water meat for the table.

It was a surreal day of fishing. Cloudy then clear, off and on. Winds weren’t light, and the current (the Army Core of Engineers was aggressively pulling water at the Jordan Lake Dam) was intense. I fished in the river and the main lake, on two seperate occassions, and the results were nearly the same. A ton of fish were caught, but only 1 keeper both outings over 14″.

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But the fish are staging in 10 feet of water now and seem to be scattered around even into the shallows from there. Anything under 15 feet and you’re in the zone. Crankbaits, inline spinners, beetlespins and grubs, whatever, go throw it. Just remember the new regs, only 10 for the creel too.

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Now I have had several woodworking commissions of late and they really let me get creative. Hope you like the stuff. If you think you might be interested in anything, there’s a custom woodworking page on this site, feel free to give it a look and contact me if you’d like to talk about a piece. It’s all chainsaw-milled lumber, and I mill it and do all the work. The little hummingbirds are inexpensive and great for gifts.

Good luck fishing!

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Here is the introduction for my upcoming book…

This is the introduction for my book, which is almost complete. I wanted to release it to help generate interest. I will be sending the stories and articles to my editor soon. And I have a promising lead that could mean it might go direct to print, rather than being self-published. Fingers crossed. I’ll keep the updates coming. Thanks to all who have been visiting my site – I really appreciate it.

Introduction

Paddling, rock climbing, hunting and fishing can be extremely dangerous activities. They can also be very rewarding. There is wisdom to be gained during our adventures as we go through this life. We can gain greater self-confidence from the obstacles we overcome, and the successes we experience during our quests. We learn to trust our companions in many ways we may not comprehend until long after each journey’s end. This book is a collection of short stories, and also contains several “how-to” sections which should help you become a more efficient and successful self-guide. It is highly suggested that anyone reading these stories and articles become keenly aware of the many dangers involved in these hobbies. There are many resources available in print and online, including this book, which will assist you in that regard. Always be honest with yourself concerning your physical and mental capabilities, and do not tread lightly into unknown territories. It could result in the loss of your life – or that of someone you care for.

My goal in this writing is first to tell of some of my more adventurous and interesting stories, including life lessons I gathered from the experiences, while encouraging readers to become self-guides themselves. Second, I will give some specific tips and tactics for becoming more efficient and successful in the art of self-guided excursions. This I hope will enrich your travels, and inspire you to get out and explore your local waters and forests. Third, I hope the writing, while being engaging and descriptive of many beautiful places, will also bring some awareness of the need to conserve and properly manage these irreplaceable natural resources – be they living creatures, bodies of water or trees and plant life. Our rivers, lakes, streams and forests need our help, and we should always strive to practice a leave no trace philosophy when out-of-doors. The future of these magical places and unique wildlife depend on our careful and thoughtful stewardship. We own nothing of the land; this is not possible. We are only being allowed to trespass at present and should never forget this.

Within these writings are tales of fishing and hunting expeditions, as well as rock climbing trips. And of course there are a plethora of photographs provided to back up many of my wild claims! I have been joined by a few very close friends and family members who will also be featured at times. For it is often those we venture abroad with, that ultimately enrich the journeys we undertake to their fullest potential. This is the first volume of my most rewarding and unique wanderings to date. I hope you can enjoy, learn and be inspired from the accounts within.

Safe travels,
Tom Sullivan