Pretty crawdad I caught.
A larva thing I found under a rock. I think it's a damselfly larva.
We're about half a mile from a section of the San Gabriel park that's usually called Blue Hole. I went down there to go fishing, but I really didn't catch anything. Stuff kept biting the wrong part of the hook. I ended up standing in the river with a handful of bait, and all these little shiner fish were darting around me. After about fifteen-ish minutes, a sunfish swam between my feet. I thought maybe I could lure them in to feed by offering some food, so I was just putting bits of food in the water. When the sunfish came back, I just kept my hand in the water to see if maybe they would come after the food in my hand.
Note: I had two raw jumbo shrimp tails for bait.
I kept putting shrimp on the hook and offering it to the sunfish, but the shiners were stealing it. I had the shrimp in my other hand, and next thing I knew there were shiners gobbling on it. And guess what came next? A sunfish. Then another and another.
And then this gorgeous male orangespot sunfish showed up.
I think the duller ones are the female orangespot sunnies, but there may be a few green sunfish. I'm not sure.
The little goldy-silver critters are the shiners. I caught one in a ziplock bag, and it was a blacktail shiner. I'm not sure if there are any others, but I think they're mostly blacktails.
Few pretties. Oh, and that's my foot, so I'll just leave it up to your imagination how much twisting I did to get a decent shot of those two greenish ones.
I'm just gonna give you some random pics:
Here I was petting them with one finger, and they didn't seem to care.
I did this for about thirty minutes (painful, as I was bending over), and there was a decent-sized rainbow trout about three feet away. I was really low on food by then, so I just tossed him a bit of food and got out of the water before I broke my neck bending over.
Later, I spotted a bunch of nice dark fish swimming in this pool of water:
I'd managed to find a severed crawdad tail, so I tried that. Turns out shiners love crawdad.
REALLY love crawdad.
I only manged to lure a couple of half-dollar-sized baby sunfish over, none of the big ones. Here, any clue what these are?
Spot the crawdad in the pic below!
I kind of ran out of food, so I dropped the mostly-stripped exoskeleton in there. Look what popped out!
Crawdads are cannibals, as you can plainly see.
Later, I'm going back with a bunch more shrimp. I'm also gonna take a step stool and wear my swimsuit so I can just sit in the middle of the river until a trout comes up and I can say I hand-fed a trout!