Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's fall on the Susky...

Welp, it is without a doubt now officially fall. With the cooler air and water temps that we've been experiencing lately, I decided I had better get to the river to do a little bit of wet wading while temperatures still allow. So, I spent a couple hours one evening this past week splashing around the Susquehanna.

It was my hope that I would find a couple early season walleyes, as well as some smallmouth bass. As luck would have it, I did. I didn't catch a lot, but ended up with 2 walleyes, 3 smallmouth, and a big fallfish. The largest walleye was about 16 1/2 or 17 inches. He would have been a nice one for the pan, but I let him swim away.

I did not have my regular camera along for this trip, but I did take a couple pics with my cell camera. I apologize if the images aren't quite what they should be, but this really is just the start of walleye season and its my hope to get lots of good pics in the months to come.

I guess that is all I have to share for now. If you are reading this, I hope that you have been able to get out and enjoy the outdoors recently--and maybe catch a few fish as well. Hope to see you on the water!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thoughts on fall...

I don't know about you, but I am excited about fall. This is one of my favorite times of the year--the days grow shorter, the evenings cooler, and before you know it the leaves are changing color. In fact, with the cool evenings we have had lately, I've been thinking about firing up our pellet stove at the house. It won't be long until the smell of woodsmoke is in the air, and my wife is snuggling just a little bit closer to me on the couch... I can't wait! Still, in addition to the cooler temps, the beautiful foliage, and better snuggling weather--one of my favorite things about fall is the fishing! If that wasn't obvious enough, ha ha.

In fact, probably the toughest part about fishing the fall for me is deciding what type of fishing I want to do. Saltwater fishing is going off all along the coast! River fishing is excellent... Our local trout are coloring up for the spawn, and huge Great Lakes' trout and salmon are starting to enter the tributaries up north. So many options, and so little time! Bummer... Well, not really. :)

Lately, I have been fired up about steelhead fishing one minute and then engrossed in thought about striped bass and false albacore the next. Or I'll be thinking about how I'd love to catch a king salmon from my kayak, but then I realize that I haven't gone fishing for red drum for a couple of years... The list goes on and on and so does my confusion.

One thing is for certain however--at some point this fall (and Lord willing--many points) I'm gonna get out there and do some type of fishing. And no matter what type of fishing it is, I am gonna love it. Just because I love to go fishing. If you are reading this blog there is a good chance that you love fishing too. So whenever you or I get out this fall, I wish us both luck, beautiful weather, and tight lines. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Vineyard '09

It's been a while since I posted, but lucky for me I have a good reason... I've been FISHING! Okay, not just fishing... Actually, I've been vacationing--with a little bit of fishing mixed in of coarse. ;)

Due to this past Monday being Labor Day, we had some extra time to have some fun this past week. So, Marianne and I took the opportunity to spend a few days with my parents on Martha's Vineyard. Fortunately for us, the good Lord blessed us with awesome weather. The air temperatures were cool, the water was warm, and we did not have to deal with a bit of rain on our entire trip. We did experience a decent amount of wind at times, but that is basically par for the coarse on the Vineyard.

As always, the Vineyard never disappoints... The scenery was beautiful (as always), the fishing was good, as well as the company and of coarse the food was excellent. I have never visited the Vineyard and returned disappointed, I simply don't think it is possible.

As far as fishing goes, we had a very successful trip. We were targeting mainly striped bass and false albacore. As luck would have it we struck out on the albies (with only one decent opportunity), but the striper fishing was good and each one of us took our turn at catching some nice fish. In fact, the ladies did awesome on this trip! It was exciting to watch Marianne hook and land her very first striped bass and her first bluefish as well--I am so proud of her, she did great! Not to be outdone, my mom did awesome on this trip as well. In true motherly fashion, she let the rest of us catch our fish first--waiting until the last outing when she decided it was time to show us how it's done. She caught 3 nice stripers and the rest of us caught zero! She skunked us!

I could go on about the places that we fished and the tides and baits we used, but this was a very refreshing trip and I don't want to kill this report with too much verbiage. Instead I would rather let the pictures speak for themselves. So here you go, these are some of the best pictures from our trip. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!