Steve Keim of Blacksburg caught this great largemouth while fishing in South Carolina, during some “down” time on a family vacation.
Here’s his report, which I’m posting in full because I think it offers some good tips and inspiration for those of us who have summer travel plans:
“I spent the long holiday weekend at Hilton Head Island, SC. My family vacates there frequently, and I tend to kill time fishing the storm drainage/golf course lagoons and ponds for bass. The fish can be tough to catch, but I tend to have success at any time of the year. See attached pic–I caught a personal best this trip. I don’t think that the pic does the fish justice—I’m betting it weighed 8 pounds. I’m not holding the fish straight, so you lose a bit of the length perspective. I caught the fish on a 4” Senko—I love that bait for smallmouth and largemouth. I did not get a length or weight on the fish, as I sprinted back to the condo for a pic and wanted to get the fish back in the water ASAP.
Quite interesting to me is the ecology of the ponds. If you wind up posting, I’ll be curious to hear readers’ takes. None of the bass ever have a clearly defined “lateral line”. The water is somewhat brackish, but holds MONSTER bluegill and crappie. I’ve never caught a catfish—perhaps they are less tolerable to the salinity of the water. The individual ponds tend to vary in size from <1 acre to 4-5 acres. This pond is one of the few with good overhanging cover/shade and tends to produce bigger fish. It’s definitely a treat of a fishery, and gives me something to do in the mornings/evenings!”
I remember going to Florida on spring break one year in college and walking out of our condo one morning and spotting a bunch of BIG sunfish on beds in the condo pond. They were all 1-pound plus. Of course I didn’t have a fishing rod because I hadn’t exactly been thinking about fishing when we headed down the road from Chicago to Florida a couple days earlier. Since then, whenever I travel and think I might have some time, I do my best to carry along a rod, reel and some basic tackle, just in case!
How about you guys? Any vacation-related fishing stories?