Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bronze Gold! (Striking it rich w/ Susquehanna smallmouths)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'd like to start off by saying one of the best lessons I have learned over the years is that there is no substitute for time on the water. If you are a serious angler and are committed to spending as much time fishing as your schedule will allow, eventually your time and effort will pay off. The more time you spend on the water, the more frequently you will be there when all the stars align and you are at the right place at the right time.

This past week my Dad and I were at the right place at the right time. We fished two consecutive mornings this past Thursday and Friday, and the fishing was just as the blog title describes... We struck it RICH with bronzebacks!

I think the bass have gotten a little bit ahead of schedule with the warm weather that we experienced this past week. And lucky for us, this got them really turned on! The males are protecting the bedding areas and the fat females are loading up on food before they begin to spawn. In fact, from what we saw this past week, it's possible that a few of the fish are already spawning, or have already spawned.

Still, the vast majority of the fish haven't spawned yet... and to say they are "plump" with eggs and food is an understatement. I won't mention the total numbers of fish that we caught, because I am not sure I would believe them if I hadn't been there. But I will say at one point I caught 13 bass on 13 casts, and then lost a fish on my 14th cast, lol. All the fish were caught on jigheads with a variety of soft plastics... they were not very picky. As far as size goes, almost all of our fish were very fat, and averaged between 14 and 18 inches... a few smaller and a few larger. My Dad caught the only one that made it to 20 inches.

With the relatively slow fishing that we experienced this past winter, this is the fishing that we have been waiting for. Hopefully this will be the start to a great fishing season for this upcoming year. I hope to see you guys out there! Thanks again for reading.


  1. Toby, what a great day on the river for you and your father! Really nice photography as well!!

  2. Hi Juan, thanks for the compliments! It really was an awesome time on the river. One of our best bass fishing days for sure. Sorry I didn't write back sooner... I think you are the first person to comment on here, ha ha. Somehow I missed it.

    "Anonymous"... Let me guess, Chad?