Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Dad and I hunted on Claude Davidsons at Beech Run along with Jeff's crew. We hunted a warm first day, coming off a very bright full moon, after a brutal winter that had the ground snow covered from December till March, along with a winding down rutt only to find no shots to be taken. We saw a doe each, I am quite sure it was the same doe that just walked by both of us. I heard the fewest number of shots for any first morning ever. No shots were fired anywhere close to us. Not on Angels, Claudes, Ball's, Mocks, or anywhere close at all.
Brad and I loaded his boat on the New River behind Richmonds store and fished jig-n-pigs from 1:30pm till 4:30 with no hits, no runs and no erros. We fished all the way around both sides. We fished the bolder rocks, deep ledges, and rocky points with no luck at all. The weather was nice and sunny in the 60 degree range at midday.
Dad and I went up to the farm up Beech Run and scouted around some today. I killed 2 grey squacks with the .22 Savage and missed one more fox. I saw 7 deer and some good sign around the Madams Creek high wall. I kicked out a spot to hunt on Monday and headed home.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
On a day where you wouldn't have believed it even if you had been there Nathan, Brad, and I headed out for some fall trout fishing. We got cold and at times wet weather with low clear water. Nathan had the best day catching a 24 inch ~ 5 lbs. rainbow as well as a 20 inch ~ 4 lbs. Brad and I didn't catch anything over 2lbs. But everybody had out of this word numbers. Nathan fished roughly 5 hours and landed 63 fish. Brad and I each fished 7 hours and caught 101 fish each for a total fish count of 265. Brad and I each wanted to stay and try to get that century mark, because you may never get that opportunity again. As a group we caugt roughly 13.9 fish per fisherman per hour not counting the 30 minute lunch break we took. The average fish size was down from last year but obviosly the numbers were up. It was the kinda day you have dreams about and remember for a long time to come. Once those fish get some more pressure and some higher water they won't be so easy to catch. The bulk of our fish came off of crappie jigs with the rest on spinners. The jigs made catch and release easier on both us and the trout.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Joe & I fished White Oak Mountain Lake from 11am till 2pm. The lake was about 20 feet down below normal. I caught 2 LMB's and lost one more. Joe hooked 2 and lost a nice sized walleye. We spent a lot of our time traveling on foot trying to figure the layout.
On a very windy and rainy day, Dad and I headed to Pipestem to try and turkey hunt. We only hunted for 2 hours. I worked a lap around the field with my 870. At the very end of the field I spotted 4 gobblers about 450 yards away crossing in the woods on the left. I dropped back short of the horse pen, crossed the field, and started aggressively working my way up the left wood line toward the turkeys. I covered a lot of ground quickly then started slowing down when I was getting close to where I last saw them. The wind slowed for just a moment and I heard some movement in the hollow below me to my left. I eased over to the edge and saw a doe spook. As the deer ran around to the left, she also spooked the 4 turkeys to the right. I threw a shot to try and split them up which I did. However they wouldn't talk to me after I split them up. I had no chance to call one back up. The gobblers seemed content to go their separate ways. They way this played out had the doe not been there to spook the turkeys my plan would have worked to perfection and I would have most likely been left with an east 30 yard shot down the hill on the lead bird.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
On opening day of fall turkey season Brad and I headed up to Bluestone lake. We fished and listened. Then listened some more. The bites was tough. We heard some turkeys and called back to them several times but they never would speak up again to where we could get them located and go after them. We did see several squrriels and four deer. Brad caught a mudcat and I caught 4 smallmouths. All of our fish came off of a jig-n-pig. We fished and hunted from 7am till 12pm. I don't know were the large mouth have went to on bluestone lake.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Dad and I went to little creek on a clear cold morning. I killed 6 while missing 1 by 9:30. On our way out we saw a man fishing from the Anthony Creek bridge. It was the same near def man we gave our squrriels to last year. We stopped and asked if he wanted some squrriels. He said, "I would love some". So again for the 2nd year in a row we gave him a fresh mess of squacks and off we went to Jim's drive in for lunch. A unique end to an fun day at one of my favorite places.
Dad and I hunted the Fair Chance Hunt Club at Pipestem, WV. I saw 8 and killed 3 all greys before it got really windy at around 10am. I had Dad drop me off at the bottom hunting and exploring my way back to the top. I stopped on a bench half way to the top to take a rest for short while. While watching to greys I looked at the end of the bench and saw a huge black bear. At first I though it was somebody's escapee cow. He even stood up on his back feet and ate some grapes. The bear walked all the way across the bench to within 20 yards of me. I began to realize that it was on a path to walk right by me. I got scared and stood up. The bear saw me and took off. It was the biggest bear I have every seen. I really must start carrying my camera with me in the woods. That bear would have made an awsome pic.
Dad and I hunted little creek on a cool fall day. They were timbering Dad's lower wood lot. I killed 6 greys and Dad killed 4*. All greys. I saw some turkeys, although had they been in season I couldn't have gotten a shot off at them. I also heard some more turkeys. I saw some deer sign up high. I even saw some bear sign.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I met up with Greg at 9am and we fished Bluestone till 3pm, catching only 5 and getting very few bites. I caught 1 and Greg caught 4. All the fish we caught were smallies except for one spot. We got very few bites. The conditons were ideal and we were the only bass boat working on the lake.
With Dad still recovering from pneumonia, Joe & I hunted at Pipestem on the first day of squrriels season. I killed 6 by 9:30 with the 870 (1 fox and 5 grey) on the left side of the fields below the cell tower. Joe spent his day hunting with a .22 trying to kill an all black fox squrriel he saw run into a den tree. He never did get a shot at it however. I saw no deer and Joe saw 8 does. The tucker boys were hunting on the end and had only killed one by 9am.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Greg and I fished Bluestone from 6 till 12 in his Triton. Things were slow. We caught a couple off the pit bank, we each missed a fish in the grass below bertha, and there were a few active smallies at bullfalls. I ended up with 5 fish and Greg had 2 and that included a redeye each. Cranks, jig-n pig and a fluke all caught fish. The lake level was still up nice with water temps in the mid to upper 60's.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I loaded the whole family up and headed to Bluestone to do a little blugill fishing. Avery caught 12 fish, 1 bass and the rest bluegills. The fishing was slow but what we were catching we descent size and good fighters. Aleshia held Annalyn while Avery and I fished. We fished about 2 and a half hours before heading home. I went down the pit bank with a crankbait with no takers before heading home.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Dad & I fished the Osborne hole on the Greenbrier from 7 till 11. Fishing was slow. The water was ideal a little up, stained, with no other fishermen around. I caught 15 and Dad caught 1, but to be fair he only fished 20 minutes or so he spent all his time driving the boat. I caught a couple early on a micro buzz but the bulk of my fish came off of a jig-n-pig pitched close to cover. I tried everything to get those fish to chase but it just wouldn't happen for me. I tried flukes, cranks, g-tails, spooks, in-line and regular spinners and still nothing. It wasn't until I started flippin the jig did I start getting bit regularly.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
On perfect weather day for fishing Brad and I headed to Claytor lake. We caugtht some bass early on main lake pockets with mini buzz baits and topwater zara puppies. At about 11 am our bite died despite it remaining overcast and cool. About 1pm we started catching fish pretty good on senkos. 4 inch smoke worked best. We were catching mostly spotted bass. We ended up with a dozen bass each in out time on claytor. Althoug we landed nothing big we got a lot of bites, lost many fish, caught several and Brad even managed to land a wiley hybrid bass off of some marked offshore fish structure.
I don't know what's going on. I fished for 5 hours today before I got my first bite. That shouldn't happen, or at least not as often as it has been happening on my home lake lately. Things have been tough on Bluestone all spring and really last fall too. I have caught some nice fish but this time of the year is usually good numbers of bass mixed with some size. It's not like I have never caught fish on this lake before or that my fishing buddies are wearing them out. Could be the effect of reduced shad populations, maybe the crappie fishermen have taken so many crappie that they have cut down on the crappie minnow forage, maybe it's the tournament pressure (there are 43 scheduled on Bluestone this summer), or maybe it's just my poor luck. Greg caught 6 fish, nothing more than a pound all on a micro buzz, and I caught 1 bass and 1 crappie on a LC CB flat.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
In a who woulda guessed type of day Greg & I ended up with 24 bass in 10 or so hours of fishing on Claytor lake. We got there at 7am and tried everything before we figured out the only thing those fish would hit at all was a buzzbait and preferable a small one. It didn't matter that this was was out and bright or that the fish were in 20 foot of water or that the water was gin clear. That was what they wanted and nothing else would do. Of the 24 bass 21 were caught on buzzbaits and Greg caught 16 of them. Most of the fish we caught were smallish spots however Greg did catch one really nice LMB and lost 3 other between 2 and 4 pounds.Greg also had a 5 pounder chase a hooked spot all the way to the boat trying to get the buzzbait that the spot had just eaten out for a good 2 minutes, something I've never seen before. The weather was nice and the trip was pretty fun. Our only downfall is that we didn't figure it out until about 1pm and we caught most of fish after that. Had we put the puzzle together sooner we would have or at least could have caught many more fish. Never underestimate the abiltiy to adapt. Realistically had I not been fishing with Greg I wouldn't have figured it out becase I throw buzzbaits only rarely.
I caught ZERO fish from 6:30 till 12 on Bluestone today. Greg caught 4 including a couple pretty nice ones one a buzz bait, pics below. I tried everything shakey head, cranks, spinners, flukes, chuggers, topwater walk the dog, senkos, wake baits, and nothing. I did get one bite that I missed on a buzzbait. I don't know what's going on but I though fishing in May was supposed to be easy or at the very least easier than this. We really struggled. The water was 70 degrees and the air was nearly the same temp with some cloud cover, an ideal set of conditions for spring fishing.