While driving through the countryside of Michigan last week, I stopped at a bridge crossing the Shiawassee River near Byron, Michigan to give my Soyokaze 31SR a try. The water here ran clear and I managed to get access in an area with tall grass edges and floating aquatic vegetation. I could see small fish and with the 10 foot pole, easily reached them with my 7X Tippet line. By sight fishing I could see the take and set the hook appropriately. I caught several small sunfish before I had to get back on the road. The 31SR did give me the reach advantage for this situation, but it’s backbone renders it less sensitive in the hand than the 6 foot 6 inch 20SR. Here are a couple of the baby fish from the Shiawassee.
A couple months ago I bought a boat from my wife’s uncle’s estate and have been struggling getting it to run right. It had been setting inside for about 15 years without being run. I just got it back from the shop yesterday so wanted to run it a bit to insure all was finally well. I took it out on Fish River this morning before the thunderstorms built too much. It ran great, so I stopped and fished the river’s edges for some sunfish. I caught a couple Bluegill and a Spotted Sunfish. Here is a nice shot of the Spotted Sunfish in the water.