Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Steelers are going to the Super Bowl!!! :) And oh yeah, we caught some fish...

I'm going to keep this one short... But I have to say, this past week has been great! I learned a good bit about some new water, I got to spend some good time with my Dad, we found some hungry fish, and best of all--the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl! Ha ha... :)

Man by the end of this past week, it sure seemed like it had been a long time since I had last gotten out to do some fishing. Fortunately, my schedule and my fishing drive finally came into sync this past week, and I was able to hit the river. Three times I fished a nice ice-free section of water--twice solo and once with my Dad. All three trips were productive with numerous types of fish. Dad and I each caught a small musky this past week, and he landed a nice walleye as well. As usual, the majority of the fish caught were smallmouths, and most were good-sized fish in the 15 to 17 inch range--the largest being a nice 19+ incher.

Also, as usual, most of our fish were caught on jigs and various soft plastics. However, I did actually land a few bass on a suspending jerkbait--including the largest fish mentioned above. Considering it's January and conditions were pretty brutal at times, the bass were pretty aggressive and fought surprisingly hard this past week. I really couldn't have asked for more.

It is days like I experienced this past week that remind me how lucky we are (here in central PA) to have such great fishing for these awesome creatures year-round here in our local waters. To have 15 degree temps, with a stiff breeze blasting in your face and still have a nice smallmouth bass jumping on the end of your line is not something to be taken for granted. Keep that in mind the next time you are out enjoying some wintertime smallmouth fun on our local waters. Until next entry, thanks again for reading and good luck on the water! :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Welcome back... It's 2011!

It has been a while! But now that the holiday season has passed, it's my hope that 2011 finds you all happy and healthy and looking forward to what this new year has in store for us (hopefully lots of fishing, ha ha)... :)

It seems I took a little break from fishing around the holidays... In fact, until this past week, it had been almost 3 weeks since I last wet a line. Fortunately, however, I was able to get out this past week--with hopes of bringing in the first fish of 2011, and also soaking in a little bit of "river therapy" to ease the mind and wash away the stresses of the holiday season.

I had Tuesday and Wednesday off work this past week, and it only seemed fitting that the first trip of the year would be with my Dad. So when Tuesday rolled around we decided to hit the river, and as luck would have it... We did get those first fish of the new year! The morning was cold and blustery (and our fingers were frozen), but fortunately the good Lord smiled on us, and we were able to find a few Susquehanna smallmouth who were willing to come out and play. The action wasn't fast and furious by any means, but by mid-afternoon we had totaled 11 bass between us. Most were small, in the 11 to 13 inch range... But we did get into couple nice ones--the largest being a nice 18 incher caught by yours truly... :) All fish came on jigs with soft plastics, and you really had to work the areas hard to get a bite.

I also fished a little bit on Wednesday afternoon. Since I had caught a good number of bass the previous day, I decided to fish larger lures and focus a little bit more on muskies. As luck would have it, I didn't put any toothy critters on the bank Wednesday... but I did catch a nice, football-shaped smallmouth.

In closing, I just wanted to state a reminder that as of January 1st smallmouth bass are now catch and release only in lower parts of the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers... So if you are planning to do some bass fishing this coming year, definitely check out the regulations for the areas you intend to fish.

But for now, I am just happy to have spent some time on the water this past week. Even though the conditions were cold, the time spent on the water was therapeutic in many ways. It is also always a good thing to get those first few fish of the new year in as well, and we were fortunate to do so this past week. So until next time, thanks for reading and best of luck to you when you get out there on the water.