It was a slow day at the farm, although I did a lot of kicking. I shoved off at Glorietta Bay at 6:45 and caught a small spotted bay bass on my first cast. Got several bites after that, but nothing came home. Reverie sounded across the bay at 8, and I only had two. Fish can be bastards: I figured this to be a good day, especially after that first hook-up.
I was doing my usual round: down the wall and along the boats until I ended up near the golf course. I switched rods as I neared the end of the loop; this one was a Berkley Parametric 7-weight with two flies, instead of just a Clouser: It had a Gummy Minnow,
which I had never used, attached to the bend of the blue Clouser. It worked. I caught five more fish as I meandered down the small beach and into the driving range; half of them took the minnow, which surprised me.
Then I turned back and headed for the boat ramp. I was damned tired.
I ended up with seven and an important lesson: Experiment and, if willing, fish two flies. You’ll double your chances of hooking up just by adding a fly. And yes, get some Gummy Minnows.