07 May 2012
Amistad's Diablo East 2012
While snapping the photo, I did see a beautiful Spotted Gar running along the shore. Those two fish were it for that cove. The fishing was incredibly difficult. Coves that had always been productive, holding many different species, had zero fish. We did find fish at the mouths of the coves about 12 feet deep in the water column, even though the depths were approximately 57 feet deep. Even though we fished heavy sinking lines with big rods, we had not hits, no catches. We cove-hopped two more with no success.
Upon entering our fourth cove, we found a unique feature--a rock wall, N 29°29.184 W 101°05.133. We're guessing it was built in the early/mid 1990s, when the lake was approximately 100 feet low, because the wall was built into the rocky bottom. We saw young sheep on either side of the wall and a nice pond formed on the shallow side. I got off the boat and stood on top of the wall to fish. Seeing that the water level had dropped, Cody and I decided if we even caught anything, we would release it on the lakeside of the wall. I cast a sinking line, Bass Brunch, Gizzard Shad fly, and on my third cast, caught a nice 1 3/4 pound Largemouth Bass. Cody walked the shore, casting his 2#. He saw large minnows and many young Bluegill. Cody then walked the lakeside all the way down to the point. This cove was deep, had few trees, and several fish. We each had timid hits, and we saw our first and only carp of the trip, so far, but caught nothing.
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