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Hi folks, I posted last week about chasing river smallies up here in the Cleveland but received some sage advice about taking advantage of what is available, so I went steelhead fishing this week. Buddy (face blocked for his privacy) and I crawled out on some rocks in the harbor and fished Thursday for a little bit and he caught a nice steelhead (that we ate for dinner) and a pike! He's not done much freshwater fishing so I was excited. I went out alone for an hour Friday and caught a nice steelhead myself! What a fight. Left her in the water and released her. My dad drove up this morning and brought the boat up so we fished in the harbor. He caught one nice steel and my buddy lost one near the boat. Slow morning but nice to be out there. Overall a nice change of pace from constant studying
Weather your a Hunter or Fisherman,.. Do you posses "True Sportsman Ethics"? Im 45 years old,.. When it comes to fishing, I came out of the womb with a St.Croix fishing pole in my hand and one of them round, heavy wrinkled and lightly faded fishing hats, with a heddon glass eyed, wooden pumpkin seed lure hanging off of the bill! In the mid to late 80's, I started hunting! First it was squirrels with my father, then rabbits and junkyard car windows with a few classmates! At the end of the 80's,..88 to be exact,.I caught the "deer fever"! Not to be confused with buck fever, which would come a short time later! The herd was just coming on here in East Central Ohio,.and i had an old bolt action mossberg 20 gauge,with a poly choke, which was basically my multi use weapon and my only weapon,.and for the record, I still have it! At any rate,. Coming up through the ages,. I always seemed to keep an older, more knowledgeable, friend base! I hung out with my father in law who basically...
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My three year old has been bugging me to take him fishing. Well I was off yesterday and it was just me and him so I thought why not let's go fishing. Went to my buddy's pond to try for crappie and gills. Got a couple gills and this warmouth on a Bobby Garland jig under a bobber. He was tickled but he only lasted about 45 min. Nonetheless I think it was good to get him out and hope it's a good start for a life long fishing partner!
Okay okay okay....
I'll tie on a topwater...
Pop R... that'll do
Conclusion- big fat smallies like topwater
Y'all gotta stop with all these topwater posts or I'm going to have to buy a whopper plopper!
In all seriousness there is nothing like watching smallies crush a topwater. From the big ones like this 18.5" I just posted to the 12"ers doing backflips to attack it. It's plain out fun!
Good luck out there !
A buddy called over the weekend and wanted to see if I'd tag along to the Ohio River on Monday morning. I know that I am going to receive some ridicule from him when I break out the fly gear on his boat...I do it anyway. We had no solid plan for the day, sort of "whatever seems to be hot" would dictate what we would do. We started by looking for bait and active fish near a riverside industrial plant. The hope was we would find some skipjack and that would give us fresh bait if we wanted to try for cats. No skipjack were caught, but I did pick up a little smallie that was busting bait near a piling.
No skunking, so that's off the table. The fishing there was slow, so we decided to try for cats with the frozen bait he had with him. The cats were not cooperating where we were, probably more of a location problem. We decided to give the rocky shore below the tailrace some attention. There was a lot of bait there, and fish were...
Hit Hoover on the Jackson Coosa yak on Sunday to do some trolling for crappie, smallmouth. 10 minutes in the wind started blowing from the NW and made it challenging to troll with a paddle. Did pick up 2 nice 12" crappie, lost a smallie (I believe), but also had a couple bad lure, line, rod tangles. hard to fix on a yak 300 yrds from shore. Nice 2 hours on the water. however. With Oxbow closed looking for a new place to put in? Suggestions appreciated...looking for something away from the crowds.
Ok so I had three trees in my back yard that shaded my hole back yard. The roots of these trees have grown outside the ground along my yard,mostly half exposed. Fairly big roots with tons of small "veins" coming off the bigger ones.
There a pain. I have to weed wack along all these roots before mowing (I live in a development with squared off lots. Not sure on the acerage lol because I've never considered it acerage. Orobobly the size of a football field with endzones included any my house sits up on it centered.
Any ways not that much of that matters. This spring I took a chainsaw to the middle tree. Leaving my daughter a nice stump to make a "fairy house/garden" out of. It's actually been a cool little project for us. So I decided to cut out a chunk of so about 10'x10' give or take a little,butting up to the stump. Useing two pre-existing roots and my concrete patio for the border.
The last week I have been hacking at all the smaller roots in this area down to about 8" or so...
This weekend my family was together for a rather great fishing memory that will last a lifetime (at least for me). As many fishing derbies, stockings, and other events I've dragged my kids to - it was about time we caught a special fish. As other parents I'm sure can attest, just the logistics to get to something with everyone intact can be a task within itself - let alone trying to make a legitimate effort to catch fish. For us, results are usually quite lacking.
I did a write up on my blog... but the end result was my 5 year old catching (with very minimal help) a 20.5" LMB. Later, the organizer's page had it at 21", but I will go with what the judge said at the table.
I just thought I would share a very proud moment and hope he and I have many more in the years to come!
I was considering taking part in a tournament next weekend , something I have never done before, this particular tourney has KBF rules. This morning I went out and practiced taking pics of fish in a hawg trough.... any advice from some experienced tourney fisherman, would my current pics cut it?... also how am I supposed to keep the fishes mouth closed??? .
This morning at Pymatuning I caught not only the biggest fish of my life, but also the first muskie! A 42" muskie!!!! The fish they call "The fish of a thousand casts" has finally been checked off my list! Was using one of my own hand tied fly spinners in a new pattern I made last night trolling along the edges around drop offs and rises when this monster hit. Launched completely out of the air and the fight was on. Just a spectacular feeling and rush!
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