It was another unseasonably warm day in Cape May today. After another day of working in the yard, I had all I could take by 3:00 pm. With it warm and not much wind I decided to head off to a freshwater lake to see if I could find a few fish. Took two flyrods and two light spin rods as with the left arm restriction for another week or so I wasn't sure if I would be able to cast the flyrod and double haul with the left hand.
Got to lake at 3:30 pm. Tried the fly rod and casting was doable, still keeping left arm below shoulder. First 15 minutes using a baitfish pattern on sinking line I finally got my first fish. It was a decent size largemouth bass, that even made two jumps during the fight.
After not getting any hits for awhile I switched to a very small all black wooly bugger. I hooked up with a nice fish that I first thought was another bass or a good sized crappy, but it turned out to be a monster sunfish. It measured out at a little over 8 inches long and was very fat. I missed three other hits with the same fly and decided to switch back to the original baitfish pattern and had one last hook up and landed a nice slab size crappie that was a little over 12 inches long.
It was the first crappie and good size crappie that I have caught in a long time, where last year they were fairly plentiful. It was a good way to end the day with three nice size fish it total and I quit a little after 5:00 pm. The trip made my day.