Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Central PA mixed bag... and a pleasant surpise! :)

What a fun week of fishing! Well, in all seriousness, I really didn't fish all that much this week. Instead, I made a few quick trips that were scheduled around work and/or other household chores and weekend activities. I'll spare you the details of all the little trips... But I will mention that I did get to fish with two of my favorite fishin' buddies this past week--my Dad and my good friend Chad--and I also fished alone on two separate occasions.

Either I or we, hit just about every type of water that central PA has to offer this past week--creeks, rivers, and lakes... And we also experienced many of the fish that Central PA has to offer-- smallmouth, largemouth, rockbass, yellow perch, brown trout, rainbow trout, fallfish and even had some pretty cool encounters with a couple of tiger muskies!

Just yesterday I had a particularly good trip on the Juniata. Both of the rivers have been up a little bit and off color lately, so I haven't been all that interested in smallmouth fishing. But, I had the morning off work yesterday, so I figured I should go brave the elements (cold front w/rain) and try for a couple bronzebacks. I'm glad I did.

It was just a quick little trip to the river--that didn't last much more than an hour and a few minutes--but it was successful. I worked a long eddy that is about 75 yards from top to bottom, and fished jigs and plastic baits the whole time. I picked off 3 smaller fish in about the first 20 minutes, and then went fishless for about 45 minutes after that. I was just a couple casts away from leaving when I hooked a good fish, which I thought was a carp at first... but as the massive fish went airborn--shaking its head violently--I quickly found out it wasn't a carp. BIG BASS!!! As luck would have it, the hook stayed put where it was supposed too, and after about a minute of fighting I slid her up onto the bank . She turned out to be my new personal best lengthwise, at 21 3/8"s. But she was pretty skinny, with her concave belly... a fairly obvious indication that she was a post-spawn fish. I've caught heavier smallmouth before, but none as long as her. She was a warrior, a hard fighter, and was missing her right eye! After taking a quick pic, and watching her swim away strongly, I packed up my stuff and headed home... an awesome ending to a great week of fishing!

2 comments:

  1. Nice fish! Congrats on the new personal best! Also, I love the picture of "Kevin" with his MONSTER trout. haha

    Great fishing with you over the weekend, bud! Can't wait for many more excursions this summer!

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  2. Ha ha! Thanks Dude... That Kevin is a fish catcher, and skilled male model! Blue Steel!

    You've got what, 3 weeks left? Teach those kids good (well :) now b/c were are gonna fish a lot this summer.

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