Sharon and I do not consider ourselves to be outstanding fishermen, although along the route we have filleted our share of fish!  We have the signals down quite solid, which means we can catch fish even if we are not good fishing people!  We are also good at coordinating successful fishing outings with “special friends”.  To start with, I am restricted to taking only my immediate family and religious to my special “honey hole”.


Sharon and I do not consider ourselves to be outstanding fishermen, although along the route we have filleted our share of fish!  We have the signals down quite solid, which means we can catch fish even if we are not good fishing people!  We are also good at coordinating successful fishing outings with “special friends”.  To start with, I am restricted to taking only my immediate family and religious to my special “honey hole”.

This past week is a good example.  For some time Fr. Ken Schuckman of Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, KS, and I have been discussing going out together to wet a line.  About a week ago, I started working on plans, setting a tentative date around the new-moon-window-days.  This is when the coordination aspect comes in.  It involved lining up a date in the new-moon-window- days, getting father’s schedule and checking weather reports to make certain the elements would be favorable.  I had to be certain mine and Sharon’s schedules were open.  In addition to all this I have to be certain the fish are in a pro-active mood to attack the lures we throw at them!!

Listening to advance weather reports, it was likely to be rainy in the morning, clear in the afternoon and rainy again in the evening.  As I analyzed the weather reports I could see about an hour or two without rain in the late afternoon.  Perfect!  The rain would wash the air so the “ions” could activate all forms of life.  A few hours before game time, Fr. Ken called and wanted to know if the signals were still on.  When he called he explained it was raining where he was but I assured him it was dry where we were and it appeared to be so where my lease is.  We decided to keep the planned schedule and make a plan “B” if we were rained out, i.e. eating out.  He liked that plan.  We picked him up at the agreed upon time.

I am so impressed by the accuracy of the reports from the weather stations.  On this day, it unfolded just as they reported.  It was raining lightly as we drove along bank side to our “honey-hole”.  Within minutes after we arrived, the rain stopped and there was no lightning, but clouds were building around us.  All three of us were soon along the water’s edge and were casting for those large mouth bass.  We all were getting strikes. We were approaching the end of the major peak, but there was a lot of electricity in the air with a new high pressure arriving and an impending storm.  We were all stitching with the plastic worm and had some serious bites, not catching all the strikes.  We released the smaller ones for another day.  The only one who did catch the most and the largest was my wife, Sharon!  By now I’m used to that!!  I can’t take credit for teaching her to fish, but for certain I choose the times for us to be out.  What counts the most is we all had action and did string some really nice “keepers” of large mouth bass.  All this happened in approximately 50 minutes and most in a light rain.  Sharon caught two over 5 lbs. We were forced to pull in our lines and pack up in a hurry as a storm moved in rather quickly.  We drove out of the pasture, “three happy campers”!  On the way home we filled the belly with hot food and then had our own filleting party in our backyard.  Some days are just better than others and this was one of those days!!

Excellent Periods

With favorable elements, mainly clarity of air, fish and game become most active twice each day, once when the moon is directly overhead and when the moon rotates to be directly underneath.

Weekend – July 12-13
Moon closest (Major Peak)    8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.       
Backside    8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.   

Week – July 14-18
Moon closest (Major Peak)    10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Backside    10:30 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.