20 inch 3.9 pound Small Mouth Bass
I spent the better part of a week in the Finger Lakes region of New York last week for my annual fishing trip and family visit! We started our fishing on Monday August 6th, and it was a great start. My girlfriend Jackie and I were on the lake by 7:30 a.m. We decided to fish with our tried and trusty bait - Mooneyes! We were fishing Owasco Lake and were anchored in about 75 feet of water. We had baits suspended at 20, 30, 45 feet and one on the bottom; we had our best luck throughout the week fishing at 40 feet and shallower Jackie started the morning with a catch and release small mouth bass which was 13 inches. She quickly followed it up with a 17 incher that weighed in at 2.9 pounds! Not to be outdone, I finally got one on the line which was 20 inches weighing in at 3.9 pounds! We had a few other small bites with nothing coming into the boat to close out the morning. We were a bit hungry so decided to head to shore for a good lunch with the grandparents and my cousins. Afterwards we took my older cousin Hannah (12 years old) out for an afternoon of fishing and she made the most of it, taking the only fish of the afternoon which was 18 inches long and 2.8 pounds! I've attached all of the photos to this post and have two more days of fishing to tell you about still as this was just the start of what was an awesome few days of fishing. Look for the other recaps over the next couple of days.
Every summer it seems the masses head out. Where, while to their local river, lake, stream, creek and/or mud puddle to chase a fish so stout. It is you they chase oh delicious one, your white flesh flaking right off of the bones. Only after being rolled in flour, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried golden brown do you produce yummy moans. You are what steamy summer nights are made for as well as cold winter days. That is when the hardcore find the largest of your brothers and sisters to tame. From bullheads to flat heads and channels or blues, shoot sometimes people catch a behemoth Mekong or two. We load up with chicken livers and hot dogs while the crazy among us use soap. It is never in vane as it doesn't take long for those nibbles to give us hope. Myself, I used a dead shiner on Mountain Island and you took the bait. Matt, well he used a piece of sausage on his newly made jugs that you obviously did not hate. That Channel tipped the scales at 6 lbs and the other 3 weighed less. All in all a great Friday night, especially with no fish cleaning to make a mess.
So as you may have noticed, I never out up a recap from last Thursday's fishing adventure. Well, simple put, it sucked. I couldn't get my hands on any submerssible lights and the only dock light we found yielded only two small crappies and a tiny white perch before cutting off while we were fishing around it. Luckily though we didn't get skunked and my buddy Matt caught his first crappie, so that's a win in my book. Next time I'll be better prepared instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut-off the day before and day often fishing trip trying to get everything needed. Now as for the spoiler, someone who I'm jealous of broke the 4-pound smallie mark this morning. He'll tell all about that and the other fishing stories in the coming days.
I'll be heading up to New York for my annual fishing trip this coming weekend. I plan to fish as much as possible over the next 7 days and will keep our readers up to date with pictures of some great fish ( hopefully ), and some awesome stories! I'll be fishing Owasco Lake again this year but may venture into a couple of other lakes depending on how the fishing is.
Keep an eye our for more posts coming your way soon!
Just wanted to put it out there to expect a post tomorrow regarding my foray into nighttime Crappie fishing tonight. I've only done it once and that was when I was much younger. I've read about what to do, reached out to a fellow crappie fisherman (I'm a daytime, jigs around brush piles and trees kind of guy) and will be putting the Lake Wylie topo map and my boat's depth finder to use. Wish us luck and expect pics of our setup, techniques we employed and hopefully a trophy shot or two!
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