Sunday, November 10, 2013

Old Man Winter is on his way to town!

As I merged onto Rt. 322 east this morning, and pointed my Subaru towards the "burg," I couldn't help but take a glance at my car's temperature display. Unfortunately, I wasn't surprised at all when I saw the digits "2" and "5" looking back at me. It was 25 degrees outside... Yikes!

Man it has been getting cold lately, and as I sit here, I can't quite decide if I am ready for it or not. It seems like just a couple weeks ago we were outside in shorts and t-shirts... Still, there is no escaping old man winter, and it seems like he is already on his way town--riding a one way ticket straight towards central PA! Let's hope he doesn't stick around for long this year, haha! As we all know... Will Smith does not have any greatest hits labelled "Wintertime." :-(

In spite of the cooling temps, we have found a few opportunities to spend some time on the water during the past few weeks... In fact, at times, the smallmouth bite in the river has been quite good. Dad has especially scored some nice bass recently, as well as at least one nice walleye. I have personally had a couple of decent moments myself recently also... So if you have the chance to get out in the coming weeks--don't miss your opportunity! It won't be long until it is miserable and cold out there.

In addition to our recent bronzeback forays, Dad and I made a quick trip to Erie a couple weeks ago... Unfortunately, we got rained out after about a half day of fishing, but it was still nice see the sights and to spend some good father/son time on the tribs. Fishing was tough, but there were a couple steelies that cooperated.
About a month ago, Dad and I had a great afternoon trip to the Juniata... We didn't fish for long, and we didn't really catch a lot of numbers, but we did get some really nice-sized fish. Dad scored two 20+ inch smallmouths and I also got a 20 incher, along with a pretty little toothy surpise that inhaled my super fluke.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pics...  And I guess I should mention that in spite of the cold "miserableness" that is on it's way, I am actually pretty excited about fishing this upcoming cold water season. A lot of our best fish tend to come from the rivers during the cold water months... So--here is to looking forward with excitement, and to anticipating the good times this season might bring!

As always, thanks for stopping by the site, and I wish you all the best of luck on the water this coming season! :)
 
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summertime!

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! If you've spent much time in the outdoors of central PA lately, you obviously know that summer has arrived... Man it has been hot! Aside from some nice evening walks, most of our time has been best spent inside recently--soaking up the A/C, chasing Trevor around the house while playing "Candy Crush" (Marianne), and getting caught up on our DVR recordings like "Under the Dome!" Haha... I don't know if its the heat or what, but for some reason I am in the mood right now for some summer-time tunes, so to keep the theme going--here is one of my all time favorite classics, straight up from the streets of west Philadelphia! :-)
 
 Looking back to this past Spring and early summer, we did have some great fishing! In spite of the late spring, our local smallmouth bite turned out to be really good this year, until the season ended May 1st. After that, most of my fishing switched to toothy critters and fortunately they cooperated pretty well this spring also. I wasn't really able to put much time in, but with minimal effort I was lucky land a couple nice skis and also hook a couple more that were somehow able to narrowly escape before getting their picture taken, haha! Some epic topwater strikes this spring, and some great memories!
My buddy Jeremy, from Tuscarora Tackle also had some luck with the toothy critters this past season... Here is a pic he sent me of a real beautiful tiger musky that he landed this spring--sweet fish Jeremy! 
Freshwater wasn't the only game in town for us this past season. We were lucky enough to take an awesome week-long family vacation to Martha's Vineyard. The weather was great, the scenery beautiful, and the fish did not disappoint! I know I have mentioned before that MV is my favorite place on the East Coast... Every time I am able to go there I consider myself blessed, and this trip was no different. It was really nice to relax and spend some time with family, enjoy early summer weather in New England, see familiar sights, smell some striped bass slime! And of course eat some awesome food!

Trevor also did really well on the trip, and it is becoming more and more apparent to me that he is starting to show signs of the great angling potential that I know he has brewing inside him... Before long, we will be starting his Jedi training! :-)

For now, I guess I will get on with sharing pics from our trip as well as some of our local fish from this past spring and early summer. Oftentimes, I think the pics speak better for themselves than I can for them... I hope you enjoy!