Monday, September 29, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Slaying the Dragon - September 27th, 2014

Brad, Greg Davis, Jamie and I floated the new from the dam down to Southside. We put in at 8:30 and took out at noon. The bass fishing was slow compared to two weeks ago. I landed only 8 bass. While vertically jigging behind the State Police office I hooked what I knew was going to be an absolute monster. I could feel a huge head shake and my yak was immediately being pulled away. I started fighting and yelling for help. Jamie, Brad and Greg came over to help me. We had a good solid fight with one spectacular jump. Jamie started towing my kayak toward the islands in the middle of the river while I continued to fight him. I grabbed him under the gill plate and pulled him up onto the kayak. He flopped off and the fight was on again. Finally we got over to the island and I pulled him up on the bank. He weighed in at 17.5lbs and was 40 inches long. I have always wanted to hook and land a big musky on a kayak. Right after I landed the musky and we started back to fishing we saw a bald eagle catch a fish right down river from us. It was one of the coolest things I have seen from a kayak. Truly a sight to behold. The bass fishing was a hair slow today. We landed about 20 bass between the four of us. Greg had another musky chase his lure all the way to the kayak. It was a very memorable day.
New river Musky. 40inches 17.5lbs.

Saturday Morning River Patrol

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Quick Two Hours on the New River - September 18th, 2014

Brad, Jamie, Greg, Patrick, and I floated after work from the dam to the park. We started at 5:45pm and floated until 7:45pm, going from the dam to Advance beach. The fishing was good. Smoke with chart G-tails were the order of the day per. The last hour before dark was really good with a near constant bite. Greg caught 22 fish including a 19 inch smallie seen in the pic, Brad had 20, I landed 14, Patrick 6 and Jamie 2. In two hours of one the water fishing time the five of us managed to land 64 fish total or (6.4 fish per person per hour fished). hooking and losing several more. In typical fall pattern the fish are starting to bunch up so that when you catch one you usually catch 3 or 4 more with it.

19 inch September Smallie

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Solid Saturday Morning Float - August 30th, 2014

Greg Davis,  Nahodil, Goins, Brad, and I floated from the dam to 1st takeout down Southside. The river was down and we had nice cloud cover this morning and the bite was better than it had been since early June. We landed 76 fish between the five of us. Greg had 23, I had 24, Brad 16, Jamie and Greg D. had 13 between the two of them. As a group we were averaged 25 fish and hour. The smallmouth average weight is trending up as welll since they have been feeding up all spring and summer long to prepare for another long winter. It was an above average day in both fun and productivity