Allie Scott of Greensboro pulled this fat, 19-inch smallmouth from the James River while fishing with guide Matt Miles. (Courtesy of www.mattmilesflyfishing.com)
Who wants to catch a smallmouth bass like this one?
Let’s give it a shot on Aug. 24.
As a follow-up to an idea floated in this blog a few weeks ago, I’m planning to float the James that day, and I invite any of you Wild Life regulars to join me. Heck, even if you’re not a regular, come on!
This will be an informal trip, not sanctioned or endorsed by The Roanoke Times, its agents, its subsidiaries or Warren Buffett. (I probably don’t need a legal disclaimer, but what the heck?) We’re just friends getting together for a day on the water.
Participants will need to provide their own watercraft. I’m guessing for most that means canoes or kayaks. If you have a raft, inflatable pontoon kick boat or drift boat, that’s fine, too. If you’re one of those jet boat guys, I’m envious. But let’s make this a human-powered adventure. Fishing gear is also up to you. And, of course, you’ll need the required licenses. I bet when the conservation police officer crew gets wind of a bunch of outlaws like us –you know, fishing’s version of the Sons of Anarchy — getting together they will show up in force!
Let’s plan to start early, but not too early. Maybe 8 a.m.? We’ll stop somewhere along the way and have a shore lunch. Bring food and drinks. I might bring a bunch of hot dogs or something along those lines. I will let you all know.
On to the location. I’m thinking Lick Run to Gala. There’s decent parking at both spots. Anyone have a better idea?
While I know that many of you are just champing at the bit for a chance to fish with me and Amatuer, let me sweeten the pot a bit. Ugly Stik just sent me a new GX2 rod and reel combo to try. This $50 combo is brand new and not even in stores yet. At the start of the float, I’ll draw the name of one participant and that combo is yours.
So, who’s in?