As Sting mentioned, there's nothing Crabtree will let us catch, so we have to get our fishing fix some other way. A friend and I took a little trip down to the Panhandle and sampled the Jack & Bass fishing. We stayed at a friends place on Compass Lake and made the Chapola River North of the Caverns our first stop. Only able to fish a little over half the day on Wednesday, but still ended up with several Bass and a couple of Jack. Thursday we got an early start on Holmes Creek North of Vernon and ended up with our 2 man limit of Bass and about 6 Jack.On Friday, we went back to Holmes Creek, but went to an area well South of Vernon. We discovered the Jack were more active than the Bass in that stretch, so just a few bass, but a bunch of Jack. ended up with a possession limit of Bass and more Jack than we really wanted to dress. I would have enjoyed the trip for the scenery even if we hadn't caught any fish!
In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame,two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.-- John Adams
That is pretty scenery & looks like y'all had a good trip.
What fish are you calling a freshwater "Jack"? Couldn't really tell by the photo. Kinda looks like a Northern Pike.
Livin' the Dream !
That is about what it is. Jack is what they call the Chain Pickerel. They do have a bunch of sharp teeth & the filet has a bunch of small bones, so you have to gash them like you would a sucker, but one of the best eating fresh water fish IMHO.
That spring was on Holmes Creek, which empties into the Choctawhatchee River. There are a number of springs like that on the creek, but that particular spring was a little North of Vernon Florida. We fished mostly with a a chartreuse spinner bait.
I know all the areas you fished well. Beautiful areas. We wore the bream out on fly rods this year. Maybe all that rain in the early spring was good for the spawn but there were a lot of fish in the late spring and early summer.
We noticed bream following our spinner baits on many casts, so we will carry an ultra lite with a few beetle spins or similar on our next outing. The jacks are our most favorite eating fish. A little labor intensive, as they have to be gashed like a sucker, but worth it in my opinion. They freeze well, so we stock up on them in the Fall each year. We also noticed they favor gold blades over silver or copper.
Catch em up
Sting aka Capt. Ron
They like the same thing Bass like. They were taking yellow spinner baits with gold spinners. We find them most often in pockets around the edge of sloughs that have a little current. We mostly fish clear water creeks & rivers, but they will bite OK with a little stain in the water. On a good day, you may catch as many bass as you do Jacks.