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Mountain Brook Reservoir 4-27-13

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It’s late April, and the ice has barely been out for three weeks in southwest New Hampshire. I decided to head out at the crack of 8:00 to see what was going on at the local ponds. The cool morning quickly warmed with the sun, and I was surprised to see the water temperature when I launched was 52°F; a week ago it was just pushing 40°F. The water was glassy calm, and I was hoping to find some bass moving up into the shallow water and laying their claim to some prime bedding spots.

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Paddling along the shore, I took advantage of the Hi seat position of my Jackson Kayak “Cuda” to scout the beds. It was still too early, and no bass were home. However, the pickerel were abundant and happy to provide me with some action.

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I traded my Rapala “X-Rap” in for an Avacado Zombie colored “Rat-L-Trap” and started working the deeper water adjacent to the beds. My efforts were soon rewarded with a nice largemouth bass bending my Overboard Rod.

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My biggest bass of the day just broke the 16” mark.

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It turned out to be one of those near perfect days out on the water that reminds me why I choose to paddle a kayak to go fishing. The bite wasn’t on fire, but the action was consistent enough between the bass, pickerel, crappie, and yellow perch all chasing down artificial baits. My best guess is that the bass will be on beds within two weeks and things will really start to heat up.

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Gregg Crisp

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Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.

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