For starters, the night before, the weatherman said it would be very windy, and he was very much right. When we first got to the lake it was about 60° and the wind blew consistently the entire time. I was freezing at first, no jacket and shorts on. By late morning it had warmed up, but it was seriously cold at first. It doesn't make any sense to fish in crazy high winds because, for one, it becomes impossible to keep the boat where you want it to be, so you either work yourself to death on the trolling motor or you have to anchor all the time, and that's just impractical. We fish out of a 10 foot johnboat and at the levee end of the lake the water was actually whitecapping by early afternoon. It made fishing in the main part of the lake nearly impossible. The wind was directly out of the northeast. Last time I was home and went fishing with my dad he had this little rhyme. This is not it exactly but it's close:
Wind from the West, fish bite the best. Wind from the East, fish bite the least. Wind from the North, do not go forth. Wind from the South blows bait in their mouth
So anyone want to guess how fishing was on this day? Which brings me to the second odd thing about the day...Tiny fish
It is not unusual [for me] to go fishing and get totally shut-out. But it is unusual to go fishing and catch baby versions of what you are fishing for. I'm pretty certain it is a healthy lake, but all we caught were these tiny jacks and bass. By tiny I mean 6 inches or less. Seriously we caught 5-6 apiece but they were all tiny.
I said at the outset that we were fishing on Ft Bragg. It is not unusual on Ft Bragg to hear the rumbling and booming of artillery in the distance. But on this day it was a non-stop cacophony of booms and machine gun fire from the nearby ranges. The nearest impact zone to the lake is at least 3 miles away, but there were 3 booms in particular that made me flinch. They were so loud and abrupt that it seemed like we should duck.
Another first for me on this day was the presence of a drone aircraft. I have never seen one of these flying before but there were 3-4 flights overhead during the short trip. It was a strange looking aircraft and made an unmistakable sound. (It looked like the one in this pic the best I could tell.) I tried to take a video of it with my camera, but it was too hard to find in the window with the boat moving the way it was. So you'll just have to take my word for it, it was a strange-looking loud contraption.
Edit- Here's a vid where you can catch a glimpse of it. You can certainly hear how loud it is and also hear the wind -Edit
There were other strange things that day, there was a man there with an RC boat, which one time broke down and he had to swim after it, we also fished out 2 tennis balls. I just thought I'd share my adventures with the readers of my blog