Friday, September 17, 2010

Finally some teeth! :)

If you've been following my blog lately... you probably know that I have been a little bit fixated on muskies the past couple of months. Unfortunately for me, I haven't been able to catch one all summer long--and not for lack of effort.

Well, I had a couple of days off work this past week, and the weather had been very "fall-ish" lately... So I decided to deposit some more time into my musky hunting bank account--who knows, maybe I would get lucky and find a hungry one that was thinking about fattening up for winter.

Tuesday turned out to be a beautiful day. The sky was blue, the morning started off cool, and there was a nice breeze blowing that put some decent chop on the water. I spent the better part of the day throwing lots of big, noisy lures hoping to draw some interest at a nearby lake... And believe it or not, I actually did. About 1 PM I had a beautiful tiger musky follow a large spinner bait back towards my perch up on the bank. He didn't hit it, but the follow was at least enough to get my blood pumping.

I wasn't able to get out fishing on Wednesday, but I couldn't help but think about the nice fish that I had raised the day before... So, when Thursday morning rolled around I was ready to fish!

My plan for Thursday was to try a local bass/walleye spot for an hour or two in the morning before returning to the spot I had seen the nice tiger at two days earlier. As luck would have it, I didn't need to return to my previous spot, because I found a nice, hungry-little musky at my first spot of the morning. It wasn't a monster, as it measured somewhere in the 3o to 32 inch range... But it put up a very exciting fight (leaped completely out of the water), and I was happy to watch it swim away healthy after the release. FINALLY, some teeth!

I also picked up a nice little walleye on the morning as well. Both fish came on a new type of soft plastic swimbait that I am experimenting with... I think I like it! :)

So the moral of the story is... If you really want to catch a musky, just go walleye fishing. Lol!

Obviously, I'm not serious. But it did work for me today... and I'll take it! I wish that I would have had my better camera along (for better picture quality) and that I wouldn't have been alone. Still, it is nice to finally have a couple toothy critter pics to share with you--I have been trying to get them for a while now (but don't expect many more too soon, ha ha). Until next time, thanks again for reading and good luck on the water!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Labor Day Blues... the fun kind :)

"When life gives you lemons... you make lemonade." I believe that's how the saying goes right? Lol... With Hurricane Earl churning up the Western Atlantic this past weekend, we were all forced to do a little bit of juice making.

Marianne and I had been planning a nice trip to Rhode Island with my parents for this past Labor Day weekend. All of us had been looking forward to the trip with high hopes for great weather, fine dinning, and fun fishing. Still, our best laid plans are often that--just plans. Hurricane Earl was headed straight towards Cape Cod, and the weather forecast for Rhode Island wasn't looking very promising.

Our solution? We headed south to Ocean City Maryland where the storm had passed quietly the night before.

Luckily, our choice turned out to be a pretty good one. We enjoyed great weather our entire trip, ate lots of excellent food, visited with some good friends, and we caught some pretty decent fish.

The water was a little bit messed up from the storm, but Dad and I were still able to pick up a couple of flounder from the Rt. 50 Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Our best fishing came on Sunday night however.

Sunday was the last full day of our trip, so as far as the fishing was concerned, it was "now or never." The four of us decided to head on up on the bridge in hopes that we could possibly find a couple summertime-resident striped bass. As luck would have it, we didn't catch any stripers... but we did get into some pretty decent bluefish--especially for mid-summer. When it was all said and done, we fished for a couple of hours and sacrificed a generous collection of soft plastic lures to the yellow-eyed demons. Marianne took top honors with the most and the largest bluefish, and we all had a great time! (Her hubby was VERY proud of her!)

Right now it is cool and a little bit windy outside. Fall is in the air here in central PA. Since returning from our trip, I haven't been able to do any fishing around home, but I did get to spend a little bit of time in the woods preparing for hunting season. I have to say that I am seriously looking forward to getting back out on the water though. The weather has been beautiful the past couple of days. So get out there now if you can, you won't regret it. Until next entry, thanks again for reading.