So I launched my kayak on the south part of the bridge, and paddled up through the bridge and headed up north. I fished the Northwest shore as I went up a little, having a few nibbles but no bites. I had my first bite up North, around here: http://webapp.navionics.com/#boating...y=iyoxErmq%60N
A good sized bass bit twice on a 4" Junebug Senko, but it bunched up on my hook and didn't set both times. I tossed that hook and re-rigged with a better offset and caught a 2-3lb lmb off that, but not the same one. I'm pretty sure the next fish I caught was the one that had spit it twice though, a nice good sized lmb, that got tangled up in some of the vegetation and it took me a while to free her. I stuck my Orra SX baitcaster in the back of my kayak, and then decided to cut the line since it was so tangled, because then I could just pull the cut line through the glob of vegetation and discard it into my boat. So I did that, got the hook out, got some pics, and let her go. I was so excited, good size fish, fun fight...but where is my baitcaster? Fishing while out of work is hard, because every lure, or worm I lose is painful because I know I can't afford to spend money on more. It's ultra painful when you lose a $140 rod/reel. I proceeded to spend the next 2 or 3 hours trying to find this rod in essentially 3 feet of water, with no luck. I even went and looked at my pictures to figure out where I was when it fell out, as I had drifted a small distance (10 feet or so). No luck, really killed the momentum and my happiness. Anyhow, I finally gave up and went further up and caught 3 more of varying sizes. On the way back at one of the 30ft across or so grass outcrops in the middle of the lake, I got a crazy hit. I was using this sad baitcaster rod with a cheap spinning reel on it, and 14lb Trilene Nanofil. That stuff is so much stronger than 14lb though, and it doesn't stretch. I had my drag set reasonably, and it was taking off with my line. I dialed it up and got it close, but then it would take a bunch of line again. I finally got it close to the boat, and I could see why it was such a fighter, it was a 10-15lb blue catfish that hit a purple with a red tail Culprit. It was a gorgeous fish, very clean and pristine, like a newborn but it was pretty hefty. Unfortunately while trying to get my gripper clamped on it's mouth it kicked and broke the line because I was holding the line and that nanofil does not give. I'm lucky I didn't cut my hands. The whole thing was kind of a panic, this thing was way bigger than anything I've caught in the yak so far. It's head was huge, near 6" wide it seemed like.
Few things to note: I heard about a billion frogs, and bass were constantly (I heard over 50 topwater hits over the day) hitting the surface. I saw probably a 5lb bass completely breach the water on it's own, just craziness. I tossed a frog very briefly, but I didn't have a good rod for it at that point, because my baitcaster had 16lb mono on it, and my main spinning rod had 6lb flouro. I think it could have been productive, but I never fished real seriously after losing my rod.
I'll add some pics later. There is a fish that came right up and looked at me in the kayak at one point, in that area I lost my rod and caught several fish. I thought it was a bass, but now I'm not sure, but I do know it was big. I'm going to try and enhance the pics, I don't think it came out like what I saw.