Shew, long time no post and I apologize for that. It seems the blog gets put on the back burner when it comes to work, weddings, mowing grass, you know, when life happens. Back in July my buddy Seth and I hit Mountain Island Lake up a couple Saturday mornings and the following slideshow is of a few of what we caught those weekends. Enjoy!
The creek that shall not be named
As May turns into June, I always start daydreaming during work about hitting the small shaded creeks and rivers that can be found throughout the United States. There is just something about using an ultralight rod and matching wits with skinny water fish that gets me fired up. To quench that thirst, I headed out for my first skinny water excursion this year Friday afternoon, hitting a creek near my home that shall remain nameless so I can continue to have zero to low pressure fish at the end of my line! I was able to hook up with two small bass and numerous sunfish, all coming on a 3" plastic lizard.
After talking with my wife when I returned home, we decided to head out there again on Saturday to enjoy the nice weather with the dogs. It's about a 15 minute walk back there from the development where mine and Paul's buddy Seth lives, so after a nice and HOT walk back there, the dogs were happily playing on a sandbar and in the water while I was fishing and my wife was sitting back enjoying the scenery. Using a little 4" red shad plastic worm, I wore out the areas I fished the afternoon before with no luck. I waded my way on up towards a tall railroad trestle that crosses the creek and finally felt a heavy tug on the end of my 4-lb line. After a good fight on the ultralight, my prize was a 1-pound largemouth! A quick photo-op later and back in he went to fight another day. All in all, the past two days have given me a few quality hours on a creek that makes you feel you are in the middle of nowhere, yet it is only 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte. I plan on fishing it more as we enter Summer and eventually will float up it as far as I can in a kayak as it empties into the river just a half-mile below my house. Be sure to hit the "Read More" link to check out a slideshow of some pictures we took Saturday. 'Til next time, may your casts be true and your bites be plentiful!
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.
Since my plan was to finally get my boat out on the lake tomorrow, I've been in a fishing frame of mind all week. Unfortunately those plans are now dashed since the vehicle we were planning to tow the boat with just isn't going to work thanks to some not up to par NC country boy engineering (thanks a lot previous Jeep owner!). BUT that isn't going to keep me from sharing a picture that makes me want to march my booty 100 yards down the hill to the river in the morning, so, ladies and gents, here is the Inside Out Photo of the Week, courtesy of HDRcreme.com.
Wednesday means it's Video of the Week time and for this week we turn to the boys over at Montana Wild. They put together a (long) short about fly fishing in the crystal clear trout waters of their beautiful state, so without further ado here ya go!
The North Dakota Lake Trout record was broken recently after 30 years!!!! I saw this and wanted to share it with our readers as this is one huge fish! The fish weighted in at 16 pounds 6 ounces and was caught earlier this month; check out the story and some pictures here. It's always exciting when you see record fish being caught after a record has stood for so long. This is just further proof that our conservation is working!
The unusually warm temperatures (yes, even down here in the South it is way above normal!) this winter have me itching to get out on the water while I am home next week and catch some of those largemouths I hear are biting as if it isn't February 2nd. Before doing so however, I have got to go through my fishing equipment and, most importantly, give my boat a look over. That being said, I just wanted to share some tips for preparation this year, just in case you haven't been lucky enough to have already been out on your favorite lake.
Just a quick hitting entry on something I just learned today. Any big-time bass fisherman right now (and I would bet a large sum of money that you old-timers knew about this long before 2012) has to have heard about the Alabama Rig and the magic it is working when you can find where the bait fish are. Well as you might have read on other blogs and news stories, B.A.S.S. has now effectively banned the use of this rig in all of its Bassmaster Elite competitions (and only the Elite Series) via a "one-lure" rule. To read more about it, check out the Bassmaster website. So what do you think, is this the right thing to do from a sportsmanship standpoint?
Well, not really, but these guys fishing off the NC coast got the surprise of a lifetime (for down here at least) - and video to boot - when this 18-foot Great White came swimming right by their boat. Check out the article from WRAL on this as well as the video below.
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