Sunday, December 27, 2015

Fall / Winter 2015 recap

Good evening everyone -                                                                 December 27, 2015

It's been a long time since my last blog post.  Yes, I've been slacking and promise to "get back on track" in 2016.  Honestly, I think my frustration in posting comes with dealing with using Photobucket to transfer pictures to my blog.  It's so slow, duplicates numerous copies of each picture for some odd reason, and just isn't "user friendly."  I'm in the market for a NEW photo sharing website.

Anyway, I've been fishing all fall and early this winter.  I've been hunting underwater at my usual stomping grounds:

1. Beltzville Lake
2. North Branch of the Susquehanna River
3. Main stem of the Susquehanna River
4. Lehigh River

I'm still chasing smallmouth bass and stripers with Chad, Maurice, Steve, Ken, and a few other fishing buddies.  Still a BIG fan of the "accidental" walleyes and northern pike.  Hope you enjoy the following sample of pictures. Happy Holidays and see you in 2016!

NOTHING better than pulling a nice chunky smallmouth bass from 30 feet of water!

I don't always fish for pike ... but when I do ... it's luck and I'm happier than a pig in mud! 

I'm still wondering why smallmouth bass (and largemouth for that matter) all have that white spot on their gill plate.  Can someone please explain?  Google is NO HELP! 

Beltzville stripers are always fun!  Chad hooked into this one 1st thing in the morning.  

This fish was simply meant to be as the background was screaming to be in a picture! 

Notice the "black" spot on the caudal (tail) fin?  Many theories behind these blotchy spots.  Hmmm

Crack of dawn "Crank Baitin'"  

Not the biggest fish in the water but a "double" is a "double!"  Mo is wondering how long it's going to take Chad to take the picture.  

Now that's a NICE North Branch pike!  Chad is looking for his momma in the background.  

Kenny with a CHUNK of a smallmouth from the Main Stem of the Susquehanna!  PIG .... 

Needed this striper to get the adrenaline pumping again.  Just finished the last of my coffee.  

Float trip on the Lehigh River.  This picture is just awful.  This was a 19 inch smallmouth from the Lehigh River.  That's as rare as the Philadelphia Eagles winning a Super Bowl.  Yep, NEVER HAPPENS!  

An "ACCIDENTAL" walleye from the North Branch!  Bonus fish!  

An "ACCIDENTAL" crappie from Beltzville Lake 

Main Stem "MUSH MOUTH" MONSTER!  It was a "scratch 19

Another Beltzville "CHUNK" from 30-35 feet of water

Steve's early morning "DEAD SEA" delight!  This is the ONLY fishing picture I have since we fished in July.  Hint: You need to fish more, Steve!  Haha! 

The "shadow rap" slams another North Branch bronzeback! 

Sometimes you have those 70-80 fish days and the thought is to see who can come up with the most "original" picture.  Oh, wish I could share all of these .... 

Chad's not so "original" in this picture but that was a nice fish! 

Beltzville is still producing for us!  Water temps are currently 48 degrees.  We will be out there for a few more weeks. 

Now this is an "original" picture!  I'm guessing this bass reads quite often.  He should read the one about the "fish that was hooked by an angler and then photobombed during the picture!"  I can even see my reflection in Mo's glasses.  

I don't get my little man (Kaden) out much because we mainly night fish Beltzville and travel great distances to fish the Susquehanna.  However, this one is priceless.  Love this little guy! 

Night time fishing at Beltzville! 

The smile says it all!  Nothing better then some night time bronzeback hunting at Beltzville!  

Happy Holidays everyone!  See you in 2016 .... 


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Canada Pike Fishing Trip 2015

This is without a doubt the most ANTICIPATED trip of every year!  Unlike year past, due to work obligations, we were unable to fish the end of May.  This years trip was from June 25 - June 30.  Yes, the weeds are grown in now (and we aren't used to that on our pike trip to Canada).  However, bass season is also open.  Sometimes you have to take the GOOD with the BAD!  Who am I kidding?  We are fishing .....

We arrived to our cottages late Thursday morning.  It took us about 2 minutes and 33 seconds to unload our gear.  Okay, I'm exaggerating just a little.  We did unload quickly and hit the water ready to catch our first pike of 2015.  It didn't take long until we started pulling them in the boats!

Day (1) - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mo landed the 1st pike of the trip.  Why does the "rookie" always get on the board first?  Can you see my reflection in his sunglasses?  Haha!  Nice start ...
The smaller pike were on the board early.  What is Steve doing in the background? Let the "photo bombs" begin!  Then this guy decided to SMASH my Husky Jerk Bait -

My 1st ever Bowfin A.K.A. "Dogfish!" I was a little excited.  My wife always asks why I don't smile in pictures with her this way?  Ummm  ... not intentional!  :) Your still my number one fish babe!  Day 1 was a success!  Between 2 boats we landed nearly 40 fish.  Jerkbaits and crankbaits were the lures of choice today.  Water temperatures were 75.  Time to get unpacked and eat a well deserved dinner.

Day (2) - Friday, June 26, 2015

Day 2 started out with a BANG!  I landed 28, 29, 31 and 33 inch pike in the first 1.5 hours of fishing.

This 33 inch pike was the largest of the trip!  Not as fat as the one Wayne caught but ... eh!  

Best lure ever made!  See the dragonfly?

Yes, Wayne is eating potato salad with a zip-lock sandwich bag he turned inside out!  Too funny!

Spinnerbait pike sure are fun!  He wasn't the biggest fish in the watershed but he sure thought so!

Every year Wayne has the "cigarette" fish!  Here it is ... I see the other guys in the background.  NO photo bomb though.  In total, I was able to boat 13 pike today.  There were also a few largemouth and smallmouth that joined the photo shoot.  Today, the fish wanted spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Day (3) - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Steve started the day off with this gorgeous pike.  For some reason we knew today was going to be a good one!

Today was the day we introduced Canadian pike to "Wacky Worm" tubes!  If you know me, you know what color we were throwing.  Haha!

Not sure what this guy was thinking but you have to admire his spirit and enthusiasm for eating something nearly his size.  Today, Steve and I pulled in nearly 100 fish.  No, there weren't many pike today.  That's because we learned early on what the bass wanted.

Day (4) - Sunday, June 28, 2015

4:30AM - Mo had to leave the trip early because of a family emergency!  It was sad to see him leave.  However, I'm sure he was happy to miss the early morning wake up call that greeted Steve and DJ.  Wayne and I took a few pots, pans and spoons over to their cabin.  Haha!  There may have been a few military flashbacks involved.  Please excuse the language here but it's too funny not to share ...

After making enough noise to wake an entire platoon - Wayne screams out "wake up *itches, drop your *ocks and grab your socks!  This would be the excitement of the day!  It was pouring and the winds were approximately 25-30 mph.  We spend the day enjoying a few adult beverages and watching movies.  The "Wedding Ringer" is a pretty hilarious movie.

Day (5) - Monday, June 29, 2015

We discovered what the bass wanted a few days back and jumped right back into it!

I have another view of this fish so you can get a better picture but she weighed in at just under 7 lbs. and was 22 inches long.  Should have taken a picture of her belly.  Water temps dropped to 72 today and she still wasn't spawned out.  Again, here is that "smile" my wife was talking about.  :)

Half of my arm fit down into her mouth!  Enough said ...... 

Here is the first pike of the day!  Not too shabby .. also picture is our "tube" of the trip.  Yup, I had to share.  Next to that is one of those pesky flies that bit us all week long.  One of these guys bit Wayne and made his ankle bleed!  Crazy .... 

Another nice pike that Wayne pulled up from the deep.  This one had a belly like RoseAnne Barr! 

Didn't get to fish on the same boat with DJ but he's one funny dude!  Next year we go out on Day (1).  I will never forget your funny "tinder" rants ... too late for jogging .. better start running!  lmao!  


All in all we had a BLAST again this year!  Despite losing an entire day of fishing to the weather gods we were able to have a blast out there.  The weeds were grown in more than normal so we had to work for our fish.  No problem though ... that's what it's all about.  The songs of this year's trip were: 

1. Slow Motion (Juvenile) 
2. Last Night a DJ played my song (InDeep)
3. Baby come back (Player) 

We sang these songs all day long!  It was awful .. think the fish were biting because it was louder under the water.  They wanted out .... 

Steve and DJ telling "stories" about HOW BIG their last fish was ... 

Nice view from our cabins! 

On this years trip it was determined that Wayne is now and "honorary " black man!  His newly declared nicknames are "pops" and "grandfather time."  Thanks for those DJ!  We remembered the dish soap for this year!  That's all I have to say ....  until next year .... this image of our cabins will stick in my mind!  

Until next year ....