The trip started with a drive up to High Point, NC to have dinner with my daughters. Amanda is a fifth grade teacher. Lindsey manages a large restaurant. Amanda has the ability to charm the students into learning. Lindsey leads a devoted staff of co-workers. I’m obviously proud of both.
The next day found me driving to the King Fisher Society Sanctuary. Chief biologist, Bob Lusk (The Pond Boss) was kind enough to invite me to this event. Bob’s mission was to build relationships between other biologists and industry leaders.
They have a saying at King Fisher Society; “Peace, Privacy and Privilege.” Owner, Jim Morgan believes that the camaraderie after a day’s fishing is the most important thing. A typical evening includes; great food, live music and then fellowship around the outdoor fire pit.
But foremost in my mind is the fishery. Morgan and Lusk have done an outstanding job building a Fishing Mecca. The average Bluegill for example is over a pound. Bruce Condello of bigbluegill.com bagged a two pound-10 ounce monster in these waters. I witnessed Condello’s fishing ability as he bagged six well over a pound on eight casts!
But there’s more. Anglers will find plenty of other quality sized species including; Flyers, Red Breast, Warmouth, Pickerel and some fine Largemouth Bass.
Ultra-light tackle was king. My gear included a 6’ ESP Rod, rigged with 4 lb. Triple Fish line and a 1/32nd oz Road Runner. The back end of the Road Runner was rigged with a Charlie Brewer, one-inch Slider Grub. It was a killer combination for Bass and Bluegill.
Jim Gronaw caught some big Bluegill on a tiny topwater lure. I modified it with one Bleeding Bait treble. EVERY fish he boated from then on was on that red hook. Bluegill love the blood-injury connection! He later tested the Road Runner-Slider combination and pounded even more fish.
There are a dozen more stories from this trip but I’ll close with a quote from a wise old man. “When you’re on your death-bed, the only thing you have left is your memories…make many and make them good.”
My trip to King Fisher Society will be one of those memories. I hope you plan to go and make some of your own.