Monday, March 20, 2017

First Day of Spring- March 20th, 2017

On this the first Spring day of 2017 I went to Shanklins solo for a day of fishing. It started off cold but warmed up as the day went on. The water coming down from Clayor was dropping which made the bite hard to figure. With water falling and clear the smallie bite was scarce. I did manage to catch 2 smallies on green pumpkin tubes fished deadstick in water six feet deep or deeper that had moving water nearby. The squirrel pick came from as I was walking back to my truck he ran into and outhouse and jumped down the hole to get away from me. It did not take him long to jump back out. I saw only one other person all day long. Anyday you see more bald eagles than people you had a good day.
Miles floated = 1.75
Time fished = 4.25 hours
Fish per minute = 127.5 minute
Fish Lengths = 14" and 16"

Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day Trout Hike - February 20th, 2017

Jared and I did some hiking, exploring and fishing today on Piney creek. We did a lot of walking over uneven rough terrain to get to the places we were fishing but the scenery was very much worth it. We managed to snag into a couple wild browns on our journey. Even though I live here West Virginia never ceases to amaze me with it's natural rugged beauty.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Panfish Day on Bluestone - February 18th, 2018

Brad and I headed to the lake on a warm Saturday morning for some panfishing. We were drop shotting crawlers in the deep channel between the two buoys on the main lake. We managed to catch 27 total. The biggest two fish belonged to Brad. He had a citation bluegill and a 15 inch spec to round out the day. We were averaging a fish every 17.7 minutes, not too bad for February.

All Beagles No Bunnies - January 21st, 2017

On a warm foggy Saturday morning the Cox family and myself headed out to find some rabbits with some new pups that Charlie was training up. The dogs worked around most of the morning but the fog lead only to two chases in which we could not see any rabbits. It was a fun morning to watch the dogs work and get a chance to be outdoors and talk.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Thinking Ahead to Fishing 2017/Looking Back on 2016 Year End Review

Next year looks to hold the promise of many exciting fishing adventures. 2017 will be the first full season for the Summer County Kayak Bass Anglers. We already have a joint event lined up with the SWVKA in August and are working on partnering with River Bassin tour as a qualifying event as well.  We will be changing to a points driven AOY system and will be awarding trophies at each event. I expect membership and participation will increase some as well this next season. I have made many new river friends through this organization that I started in July of 2016 and I hope to make many more in the year ahead.
   2017 will be my first ever start in the KBF National Championship event March 31-April 1st on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN. I am looking forward to a week of pre-fishing, fellowship, and competition on kayak bass fishing's grandest stage.  The KBF organization will also be hosting not one but two national Open events in WV in 2017. One at Stonewall Jackson Lake in April and the WV KBF Open will return to the New River and Hinton, WV for a second straight year. I hope to keep work at bay long enough to fish both of theses events.  
    I hope to change the way I spend my time non-tournament fishing in 2017. I hope to spend more time on water I don't know and less time on water I already know so well. I hope to get a few more floats in on the New river in VA and see some sections of the New in WV I have yet to float. I also want to fish some sections of water in Summers County that do not see as much pressure as my usual haunts. I have a bad habit of allowing work and time to dictate where I go. All to often if it is easy to access it is also very pressured water at this point in the game. I do truly hope to fish at night, target some lesser pressured areas that are harder to access, make more data driven fishing decisions in the year ahead.
   2016 was a fun year to be in WV on the water that also had some remarkable and memorable days for me. My week long adventure on the South Branch of the Potomac and finishing 9th at WV KBF Open in September certainly rank up there for me.  I have dramatically increased my tournament fishing participation and feel that it will in time make me a better angler. I have really enjoyed getting to know and fish with a great many folks whom I only knew of distantly before. There is culture of brotherhood and friendship that exists in competitive kayak fishing that is not seen in other forms of competition. That being said lets take a look at the data and numbers I was able to archive from 2016.

Trips out on the Water in 2016 = 42
Average Fishing Outing = 4.59 hours
~ Hours spent on the water in 2016 = 192.2hours (8.03 days)
Total Fish Caught in 2016 = 711
Largest Fish of 2016 = 20.5inch Smallmouth
Average 3 Fish Limit (warm season only) = 40.9 inches
Biggest 3 Fish Limit of 2016 = 52.5 inches
Minutes per Fish Average 2016 = 16.3  (range 40.0-7.0)
Total Fish Caught since Jan. 2007 = 7,197
Fish per Year Average over last 10 years = 719.7

"Two in the BOX" - December 9th, 2016

Brad and I went on our annual doe meat hunt on this blue cold weekend. This year just happened to fall in muzzleloader season given my work schedule. As usual Lowell's farm did not disappoint.  After a quick hour and a half hunt Brad and I each had a nice three plus year old doe down and ready to prep for the freezer. Both deer went into the back of the Kabota and off to the barn to hang. It was a quick hunt but a productive one. It becomes shooting deer and not hunting deer when it takes more time to cut them up than kill them. It was a fun weekend and a good time was had by all.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sugar Camp Doe - November 25th 2016

Ron Lilly would have been proud on this day, when his oldest granddaughter killed a legal doe. "Any legal deer" was often his creed when hunting public land in WV and VA. Avery got up at 5am two mornings in a row, missed time she could have been playing with her cousins, and braved the cold to get this shot. She made a solid behind the shoulder shot at around 15 yards. She was excited to have deer meat to eat and to have successfully killed her second deer. Avery killed this deer on her great Granddads Vernon Haslacker's family farm, the very same farm he grew up in and his Dad before him off of Stormy Dam Road in Jordan Run Grant County, WV.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Cold Water Transition- October 29th, 2016

Greg and I fished from the dam to the first takeout between 7:00 and 11:30am. The air was a damp cold with a touch of wind to give it bite. The fishing was starting to slow down compared to 6 weeks ago. I am a big believer that not all fish do the same thing at the same time in regards to transitions be it spawn, summer, or winter.  But as for the new river it is clear that the majority of fish are beginning to transition into winter pattern. This time of year can be a boom or bust kinda deal, however today was an in between sorta day. Neither a diamond nor a rock. I landed 13 and Greg 9. My biggest fish was a shade under 15 inches.
Miles floated = 3.5
Total Fish Caught = 22
Fish per Minute = 21.8
My biggest three fish limit = 36.5 inches

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My New Ride - October 18th, 2017

After test driving a friends I decided it was time to add a Coosa HD to my arsenal. Hard to beat these boats for the stability, versatility and storage options they offer. The HD performance offers unparalleled performance on rivers.

Monday, October 17, 2016

"Anything But a Farmpond" SCKBA Open- October 15th, 2016

We had 14 anglers compete in our last SCKBA county wide open event on this day. Greg Nahodil overcame a tough bite to win with 39.5 inch three fish limit. I finished fourth 35.25inches. This marks the first time all year no angler has broken the 40 inch mark. The bite was tough and the fish were scattered with falling water levels. Brian Aliff wrapped up the 2016 Angler of the Year title with a 53.5 inch three fish year limit. It was a fun day despite the challenge. We had four quality anglers fail to catch a limit on their home waters. The fish I managed came from a variety of techniques and places with no defined repeatable pattern.
Miles Floated = 4.5
Total fish caught = 40 (between Greg and I)
Minutes per fish = 15.0
My best three fish limit in inches =35.25.

Friday, October 14, 2016

October Morning on the Greenbrier- October 14th, 2016

Jared and I floated from Barger Springs to Willowwood on a cool foggy October Friday morning. The fishing started off slow but picked up some as the day warmed up. The fish surprisingly were on a topwater shallow water bite despite it being deep into October. The water flow was up some for the Greenbrier for this time of year.
Miles Floated = 6.5
Total Fish Caught = 29
Minutes per Fish = 20.6
My Best 3 fish= 39.75

Thursday, October 6, 2016

After Work Yak Trip- October 5th, 2016

I went out solo on a last minute "it's too nice outside to stay off the water" kinda trip. I only fished 2 hours or so and paddled around in one hole and took out at the same place on the New. It really was a perfect evening. Not too hot, not yet cold, yet one where you can feel fall and a little of summer in the air in the same instant. I started off slow but the topwater bite is still there and took off. I ended up with 9 fish all on topwater. I threw a jig some but no takers on it. I had 3 fish over 15 inches. It was a quick evening float but a productive time to be on the water.
Miles floated = 0
Total fish caught = 9
Biggest 3 fish in inches = 47
Scoring Average from last 18 fishing trips (June 11th) = 40.9 inch three fish limit average. (52.5"high and 32" low).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Largemouth Revival - October 2nd, 2016

Nahodil and I decided to try to round up some green fish since the river was some messed up and muddy. We headed over to Moncove lake, which as to be one the prettiest little lakes in our state. We so zero other anglers the entire day and the place was pristine. We got to the lake at around 8am. We scored our fish in bunches mostly on green pumpkin shakey head worms. Greg landed 14 and I had 13, but we had no fish bigger than 15 inches. I missed several more.  I did catch three on topwater on pad edges early before the sun got high. It was a nice day to be on the water in the fall and not at work.
Total fish caught = 27
Minutes per fish =  17.7
My biggest three fish in inches = 39.25