FLORIDA: The Ditch Slam

The Tri-Rail

The whole thing started with the least of expectations. I had a rod and some time to kill due to a delayed appointment. I made some casts. I caught nothing. I drove to the appointment. Delayed again, for another hour.

I google mapped. I found nearby water. I tried a new fly.

The Mayan Cichlid

On my first cast I caught a mayan cichlid. Sweet.

Then I saw a dark swirling shape hanging out near a submerged drain pipe. I made a cast.

The Largemouth Bass

A largemouth bass with a middling amount of heft liked my offering. OK, cool.

I released the bass. Then I saw two bulbous fish cruising the shoreline at a fast clip. I made a lead cast. One charged like a mofo.

The Oscar

It took off with the force of a Tri-Rail and I had to run down the bank for 20 feet or so until it settled. Actually took me to the reel. My uncertified genero-grip registered the openly hostile oscar at around two-pounds.

What an ornery little cuss.

This became interesting. The fly I had tied on looked similar to a juvie peacock, proving the cardinal law of fish: Everything eats everything. Could I make some sort of slam out of this?

My cell phone rang. I had to meet my appointment in 15 minutes. I was five minutes away.

Would a peacock bass hit a fly that looked kind of like a littler peacock?

The Peacock Bass

Death don’t have no mercy.

11 thoughts on “FLORIDA: The Ditch Slam”

  1. “Hello Mr. McDonald. I apologize for the delay. It is a pleasure to meet you, please have a se… what the hell is that all over your pants?”

    “Oscar shit. And the pleasure is all mine, thank you.”

    Baller.

  2. That Hovercard of yours is really cool Pete!
    I have been lurking here for awhile, just started posting.
    That Snakehead on a Fly post really got me going :)
    I can’t see the fish on your Hovercard, what is it ?

    Some ditches and retention ponds up here in Tampa are actually stocked!
    Ones you would never think are stocked, are full of fish.
    I carry a pole with me wherever I go, always looking for some new water.

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