I'll probably have time to do another few trips before I leave them alone and focus completely on enjoying the day time fishing through spring and summer. The warmer days are certainly increasing the carp activity and they are starting to eat a bit more confidently during the middle of the day, and as soon as I finish this I'm going a walk down the river for an hour or 2 to see if I can get a couple fish before the light starts to drop.
I was considering an early smallmouth foray, but I'll leave that for next week as the warming trend is forecast to continue. That'll also give me time to knock up a few streamers for the bigger girls that are starting to move up out of the dammed areas of the rivers for the pre-spawn feed. I'm going to play about with pop lips on the smallies this year, I don't know why I haven't used them in the rivers yet, but I certainly have high hopes for them.