It had been a couple of years since Marian and I had visited my family back in northern Minnesota, so we decided to make July 4th a long weekend. Prior to flying out of Charleston, SC I contacted my Jackson Kayak Fishing Team members about a locating some Jackson Kayaks to take my brother kayak fishing. Aaron Stiger suggested that I contacted CW Outfitting in Clearwater, MN.
With the first day of my swimbait-smallmouth trip down, we crashed at a cheap motel and spent the remainder of the night huddled over smart phones pouring over Google Maps. We had a plan in place, but wanted to extend our float option for this final leg. The tricky part of digital scouting is that just because the road runs along the river doesn’t mean that you can get to the water easily or legally.
As a teacher with summers off, I used to spend at least three or four days a week on the water. That gave me so much time to get pictures, video, try out new techniques, and really key into what the fish were doing in my local bodies of water. Adulthood, home ownership, and holding my son out of daycare to be a full-time parent during the summer has cut into my fishing time, so I may only get on the water once every couple of weeks.
Soft stick baits - the original was the Yamamoto “Senko” - catch lots of bass. I will give some common rigging techniques, and discuss catching big bass with a stick bait. Using a stick bait during pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn has helped catch some monster bass the past several seasons.
When the conditions get tough and your well-laid plans and predicted patterns go out the window, good old shakeyhead will be there for you. The shakeyhead worm is possibly one of the most effective techniques available to bass fishermen. It is a staple for both boaters and co-anglers alike on every bass fishing tournament series across the globe.
The last week of August and the first week of September, Marian & I were at the Greely Cabin in Center Conway, NH on Conway Lake. The cabin is located adjacent to Rose’s Cove. Wily Creek flows into the cove and the lake.
As you may remember, in the first segment of “Travels of a YakAngler: Four YakAnglers – Two States” I went to Kentucky and Tennessee. I fished creeks and ponds, and was able to catch some fun fish. This next adventure takes me back down to Louisville, KY to fish with Joe Maione, coachjoe, and his daughter Taylor.
I’ve been on the river the last three days. We caught good numbers of big fish each day, but the last day the river rose about ten inches in half as many hours. It was the best day of fishing I’ve experienced this year.
I am lucky enough to have in my backyard the Susquehanna River - one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries - with multiple locations I can get to quickly. On this trip, I wanted to get to one of my favorite sections that I haven’t been to all year: Dauphin Narrows, a few miles north of Harrisburg.
When I moved to New Hampshire over six years ago, I was excited about the fact that I was less than an hour away from the longest river in New England. 410 miles long, the Connecticut River winds its way from its headwaters near the Canadian border creating the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, and slicing through Massachusetts and Connecticut before providing 70% of the fresh water that enters Long Island Sound.