Left the house at 0615 and arrived at the Tully River access at 0700. Loaded up the kayak and headed north on the river toward Long Pond. The sun hadn't come up over the tree line yet, so it was still gloomy looking. Paddled the 1.3 miles back to Long Pond, occasionally stopping to fish when spots looked good. Didn't catch anything until I got to the northern end of Long Pond where I hooked into a pickerel. After the cold paddle, fighting frozen eyelets on my fishing rods and no bites, I was happy to hook even this medium size pickerel. I kept fishing the northern end of the pond and hooked a second pickerel of decent size. Fished along the east side of the pond. Threw my KVD Caffeine Shad Swimbait at some dying lily pads in a little deeper water and retrieved it back into the shallower water. I felt a light bite and set the hook. I then experienced the best fight I have felt all year. This fish dragged my FS10 around, tail walked, jumped, and tried everything to spit my hook. The hook was buried in the roof of his mouth and there was no shaking it, I had him pegged good. Lipped him beside the kayak and could not believe how big his mouth was. This was easily the biggest Largemouth Bass I have ever caught. Lipped him with the scale, 6 pounds 4 ounces. Took a few pictures and let him slide back into the water. It was a pure pleasure to watch this fish swim away. Fished some more and paddled home. It has been a great year. I went on 37 fishing trips, paddled over 80 miles of waterways and visited 15 different lakes, ponds or rivers. Caught a lot of fish, learned a lot. All fish, except one, was successfully released to live and fight again. This may be my last fishing trip of the season. Other things are coming up that will take priority.
Great trip report - nice to end the season on a high note with that lunker!
When I camped at Tully Lake in August I fished the pond, the river, and the lake from my 'yak and all I got was a single 1 pound LM from the lake, though there were some missed strikes on the river. The pond, nada.
Like your summary of all the trips you took for the season. This was my first and I didn't keep great records (at least until I found the MFF site) but the great thing was that I really got out and explored a lot of water bodies I had never been to, and saw more wildlife than I had in the previous ten years of just paddling.
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