Friday, October 29, 2010

Ocean City with My Girls :)

Marianne and I actually had a couple of days off work that we could spend together this past weekend. So we decided that it would be fun to pack up our pupper dog, load up the Pathfinder, and head south to Ocean City... It was time to breathe in some of that salty air!

We both love the beach in the off season... And we were fortunate enough to have great weather for our trip. The only thing else we could have wished for were a few extra days so that we could have stayed longer.

This really wasn't a fishing trip, but we did get a little bit of fishing time in. I got to try out a nice new rod and reel. And in fact, I was lucky enough to catch a pretty little speckled sea trout on the new outfit. I have caught many weakfish (grey trout) in the past, but this was the first speck I had ever caught. Although they are very common further south, specks really are a special treat to catch in Delmarva--as this is pretty much the northern-most part of their range.

All in all, it was just a wonderful trip... We soaked in a beautiful sunset, spent some nice time on the beach, ate some great food, and had a nice long walk on the boardwalk. Lucy would also like to add that she got to dig some nice deep holes in the sand (her favorite thing to do at the beach)... :)

We didn't get a lot of great pictures, but I will share with you some of what we have. Until next entry, thanks again for reading!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On the water with Pops :)

Man it seems like the past couple of weeks have been tough for finding time out on the water... Still, Dad and I were able to get out and spend a few hours chasing some smallies around the river one morning last week.

The river levels had finally receded to the point where we could wade fish an area that is often productive for us... So we donned our waders and hit the water.

Fortunately for us, the fish were there... :)

We fished mainly jigs and soft plastics... tubes, grubs, and small swimbaits. When we finally finished up, I had around 15 total bass and Dad had 10. There were a couple nice fish around 16 inches or so, but for the most part they probably averaged 12 to 13 inches. No monsters, but it was a great day.

One of the keys we found to getting the most bites, was to constantly switch the color and profile of the plastic baits we were using. It seemed like the fish would get locked on to one type of plastic for a little while, then they would totally abandon it completely. After a quick change to a different type of bait, the bite would pick up again... This type of behavior is something that I have noticed quite often with smallmouth. So the next time you are on the water, and the bite you are on suddenly dies, keep this in mind.

Until next entry, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the pics!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Falling waters...

After a long, dry summer here in Central PA, we finally got the rain that we have needed so badly. Unfortunately for us, it all came at once. Tropical Storm Nicole dumped buckets of water while passing over our part of the state last week, and the result was fast rising streams and rivers with mild to moderate flooding in some areas. Our creeks had water in them once again, but this time it was almost too much!

Still, I've found throughout the years that some of my best fishing generally occurs when our local streams and rivers are recovering from high/muddy water events. You have to pay attention, know how quickly your local waters recover from storms, and play your cards right... But if all of your stars align and you are in the right place at the right time, falling waters can make for some great fishing.

If work had not kept me tied to my desk for the most part this week, I would have been out there as much as possible. Still, I did get out for a quick trip on two occasions. One trip in-particular rewarded me with a very nice smallmouth, that ate a 6.5 inch swimbait. I do love fishing in the colder months!

Until next entry, keep your eye on our streams and rivers... Watch the waters rise and fall, and fish when you think it's right. Eventually you will pick up on certain patterns that occur at certain levels on the waters that you fish. Good luck out there! And again, thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rhode Island Tides

Holy smokes its been a while! I know I've been slackin' on keeping up with my blog lately, and I hate to keep you guys waiting. But fortunately for me, I have a good reason for it--I've been fishing! :)

After a pretty long dry spell on the fish front, this past weekend was much needed. I had a couple days off work coming up, and my gracious wife had given me the fishing "go ahead." So I hit the road late on Friday, and made a quick trip up to NYC to visit my good buddy Pete who I hadn't fished with in ages... Pete also had some free time for the weekend, so we decided it was officially time for us to hit the beach!

After Tropical Storm Nicole had finished soaking the Eastern United States late Friday night, we pointed the Pathfinder North up Rt. 95, and set out towards our fishing grounds in South County Rhode Island.

We arrived with the sunrise early Saturday morning, and found a falling tide ripping out of Charlestown Breachway. At first we were a little bit unsure of how the fishing would be, due to the affects of the recent storm... But fortunately for us, our worries were soon dissolved as the tide was right, and Pete and I both hooked up with scrappy little stripers only minutes into our trip.
The good fishing continued on the dropping (ebb) tides again Saturday night and early Sunday morning. We fished a few different spots, and found decent fish almost everywhere we wet a line. Our best action came late on Saturday night, when we got into a school of very large (12 lb. plus) bluefish at a different South County breachway... These blues were mean, and extremely strong in the hard falling current. Both Pete and I (and a bunch of the other guys) lost a fair collection of plugs to the fish that night. It was a great time!

I wish I had more fish pics to share with you from the trip, but conditions just were not great for taking many pictures. Still, I'll be happy to share with you what I have... I hope you enjoy them.

Until next entry, thanks for reading!