I had wanted to float fish an area of the Seekonk river that I had visited earlier in the year. I had a chance to do so the day after Christmas. I get a real thrill fantasizing about what wonderful creatures could be swimming in any given body of water and the Seekonk is rich with life. While my intentions were aimed at a big perch, upon arrival I was immediately distracted by some fish popping in the water. Naturally there was only one thing to do. I baited up with one of the red wigglers I had dug up from the compost and dropped the line right into the popping. The float slowly pulled away and I struck… into nothing. Probably some tiny fish, I thought. The disturbance didn’t seem to spook the mysterious fish off and after adding more shot to the line I cast in again. Slightly overshoting the float made it just a touch more sensitive and just a few seconds later it slowly drifted down into the water. Once again, I struck and this time I felt the tiniest version of that old familiar tug. To my surprise at the end of my line was a lovely golden shiner.
This was my first encounter with the species “in the wild”, aka “not from a tackle shop”. I must admit I was intrigued and I spent the rest of the morning casting to them as the main part of the river was running a little faster than was conducive to my float fishing.
I didn’t end up catching a record-breaking perch that morning but I did catch my PB golden shiner.