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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Slaughter Creek MD - 9/15   
    Yeah....never put Blue Crabs in your livewell. Just sayin. 
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    Ham reacted to Johnsfolly in Slaughter Creek MD - 9/15   
    My Betterhalf wanted to get some more time crabbing before the fall hit hard and the crabs become scarce. We headed out Early Sunday armed with some redworms, razor clams, and chicken necks. Baits for fish and crabs. Sue got her gear onto the Slaughter creek bridge. I put on a #20 hook with a small piece of redworm to catch mummichogs or silversides to use for bait for possible seatrout or schoolie stripers while my wife was crabbing.  The last time out at this bridge it was easy to catch a few mummichogs. This time the minnows were not as abundant. I did find a few small schools of minnows. I caught a couple of mummichogs and missed a few more. When my bait was near the rocks, some small dark fish came out from under the rocks. They moved like sculpin and were aggressive. I landed my first one and wasn't sure if this was just a juvenile toadfish or something else. Regardless was a pretty neat little fish. I caught at least five before I stopped trying to catch more. I looked at a some references and determined that this is likely a naked goby.
     
    Caught more minnows and fished for bigger fish. I caught quite a few spot, helped my wife corral the feisty blue crabs that she was catching. Several were close to 6 inches across their carapace, the largest ones that we have caught all year. We had a couple of laughs as more than one crab took off crab crawling across the bridge to get away from us crabbers. Ultimately we had the last say. Over 5.25 inches and they went into the cooler with the others. I was fishing live minnows under a float I got several bites that took the float so deep that I lost sight of it completely, but could not get a good hook set and never landed one of those fish ! I did catch a silver perch, my first in Maryland. This is another species related to drum. That can be seen by the shape of the tail which is similar to that of the freshwater drum.
     
    We left after we had a dozen keeper sized crabs in the cooler. Even after being on ice they were still feisty!

    Happiness is a bunch of crabs in your drawers !

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    Ham reacted to Johnsfolly in Pumpkinseed?   
    FishnDave - Come over to the dark side  and count some lateral line scales and fin rays!
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Lilley's Lake Taneycomo Fishing Report, September 9   
    Reading Comprehension People. #TheStruggleIsReal 
    Congratulations Bill! Heck of a Fish Buddy!
    what color worm did you catch him on?
    I kid, I kid.  
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    Ham got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Tecumseh access?   
    Yeah, flood event completely eliminated the ramp, parking area, and road to ramp. Give. Toast. Dead Parrot. 
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    Ham reacted to moguy1973 in Heading to the great white north tomorrow   
    Got here late last night but it to get out for a couple hours and caught my first walleye ever. And then caught my first keeper walleye ever at about 20” long.  Then today we got out and had a beautiful day and ended up with something like 13 keeper walleye and 3 keeper northern pike. I did catch a 33” slot sized pile and my brother in law caught a 37” pike we threw back. Caught them on big spoons, big swim baits, spinner rigs on bottom bouncers and curly tailed jigs. Had a big pike follower on a jerk bait but he saw the boat before taking it.  


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    Ham reacted to moguy1973 in Heading to the great white north tomorrow   
    In the morning I'll be heading to Pashkokogan Lake in the middle of nowhere Ontario for 10 days (minus the 4 days of driving) of fishing for walleye and pike.  I've never caught a walleye in my life and only one pike when I was about 12.  I'm pretty excited to add another species of fish to the ones I've caught.  I have no clue how to fish for them but the guys I'm going with have done this for almost 20 years or so, so I'm guessing I'll pick it up pretty quickly.  I have spinner rigs, and bottom bouncers, and small curly tail grubs, and jerk baits, and crank baits, and spinner baits, and flicker shad, and rattle traps for the walleye.  I have big spoons and big topwater baits for the pike.  Hopefully one of those things is what they are wanting.  There's really limited internet and cell coverage up there but I'll be sure to add to this when I can with some pictures of the area and hopefully some fish.
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    Ham got a reaction from JestersHK in Honest Fishing in Delaware   
    Run Danny!
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    Ham reacted to Johnsfolly in Honest Fishing in Delaware   
    I've been in quite a few that did have gators. Was nice to not have to speed reel in the fish to keep them away from a gator😀.
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Honest Fishing in Delaware   
    Run Danny!
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Honest Fishing in Delaware   
    Cypress swamps need Gators. Just sayin. 
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    Ham got a reaction from LittleRedFisherman in Love Fishing with low pressure systems   
    I go when I can. I grew up trying to fish low pressure. My Dad would drag me along when Tropical Storms were roiling in. Think weak Hurricane because the barometric pressure was super low. These days I tend to agree that low fishing pressure is more important than low barometric pressure. 
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    Ham reacted to netboy in Back on the White.. 8/29   
    We got back from our European Danube river cruise (which was fantastic) earlier this week and after catching up on usual maintenance stuff finally got back to some fishing.
    The last few days have been great. SWPA reduced the flows because of the almost 5" of rains here in Cotter last Saturday which increased the lower White river area.
    That said there was minimum flow on Sunday and gradual increases since then. 
    Fished the Dam, Wildcat and then Cotter and all have been good. The rainbows apparently like the higher flows as they are putting on some weight.  Best flies have been a heavy weight olive woolly bugger and the Y2K/midge combo.
    Here's a couple pics of some fatties....
     


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    Ham reacted to Johnsfolly in Honest Fishing in Delaware   
    The title is in tribute to @Mitch f to post a trip that I did not meet the target expectations of the trip. I have been researching places near Maryland that I could try to catch a couple of uncommon or rare species, the banded and black banded sunfish.  


    I found an area in Delaware where both species have been collected in the past. I don't know when those collections took place, but since these areas had both at one time they were good targets for me to make a trip and see what I could catch. It also just so happens that Livie was staying a drama camp in the heart to this same area. I scouted out the outfall of Trussum Pond, which is supposed to be the northernmost stand of native cypress trees in the country. The water was low and clear in the creek and I could see a number of turtles as well as a variety of fish. I went back the next Saturday and found the water was rushing over the dam and the creek was running fast. I was there and would give it a try regardless. I rigged a #18 hook and a split shot about 9 inches above the hook. Put on small piece of worm. I fished the edges of the pond that I could reach from the bank. Nothing. I went down to the stream and got into an old growth cypress wetland.


    Water was moving faster than I liked, but I dropped my bait in eddies, behind cypress trees, and around brush. I tried any spot that had some slower water. I caught my first fish at one spot where a laydown restricted the flow at a side stream off of the main creek. It was the right size, but was just a bluegill. I dropped my bait in front of the same laydown and had a heavy bite just to land a roughed up bluegill.

    I caught two more and moved to another spot. Just more of the same, a few bluegill and nothing else. This nice male at least was a decent consolation prize.

    I headed back upstream and saw some topminnows and tried for them with my #26 tanago hooks. They spooked whenever I put a bait near them. No luck.
    I went to a different location and my first fish was a dark sunfish. Thinking that I may have caught a banded sunfish. Turned out to be a green sunfish. I caught a few other green and several bluegill. So I ultimately left with my tail between my legs and will have to try that area again. Maybe a kayak would help me fish the pond more effectively.
    My last image from that trip was this white cardinal flower. I saw a few of the typical red versions but this was the first white that I have ever seen.

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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Bluegrass State Quick Creek Trip   
    Great Job John
     
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    Ham reacted to Johnsfolly in Bluegrass State Quick Creek Trip   
    We were taking our son and his family from Virginia to Missouri after he graduated from his AIT training at Fort Eustis. Our trip would run through Kentucky and I made reservations in Morehead Kentucky for a hotel and identified a small lake and several access points on a few creeks to get a KY fish. Since we wanted to get to the hotel, I pushed off going to Walmart until Sunday morning. Had to wait for a manager to get in at 7 am to get my license and went to explore the creek that I noticed next to the store. I noted a couple of pull off spots, but also found a small feeder creek. I figured that my best bet in catching something new would be in that creek. I drove upstream and found a crossing with a couple of pools and a few larger minnows. Got the microrig ready and baited with a small piece of redworm. These fish were very skittish and I had to keep the road crossing between the fish and myself in order to get bites.
    I caught one straight away – My first fish in Kentucky (27th state in which I have caught a fish ). Looked very closely to determine species and looked very much like a creek chub  .
     
    I caught a larger one and the head and mouth as well as the dark spot at the base of the dorsal fin confirmed that I was likely just catching creek chub. I found that this species in Kentucky is like in many places fairly common in its distribution.
     
    I hiked along upstream poking my bait into any cover or holes within the rocks hoping for a sculpin or some darters. I never found any within the time window that I allotted for this trip. It was a nice little creek. Lots of chubs, but maybe not many other species at least not in the section that I fished .



    I tried the larger creek and though it looked fishy, I only caught the interest of a small (actually micro ) bass. Never hooked it. All in all not a bad restful stop in the middle of a long trip back to Missouri.
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Love Fishing with low pressure systems   
    I go when I can. I grew up trying to fish low pressure. My Dad would drag me along when Tropical Storms were roiling in. Think weak Hurricane because the barometric pressure was super low. These days I tend to agree that low fishing pressure is more important than low barometric pressure. 
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    Ham got a reaction from Quillback in I Finally Got a Slam   
    I wish you guys could have been there too. I’m still Super Happy I was Finally able to catch all 4 (err 5) trout Species available . I made some intuitive decisions that paid off. It’s Great when it works out. Please understand a 10 inch Baby Brown would have been fine by me, but a 22 inch hook jawed male was closing out the cycle in style. 
    I swear I intended to quit fishing after the Brown, but during the long run back to the ramp, I changed my mind. I had to make one final drift. Just one more. I changed to a smaller jig and caught 9 more trout in the slower flows tight to the bank. I did stay true to my promise to myself to quit after that last drift. It was close though. 
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    Ham got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in White river access donated to AGFC   
    More access is always a double edge sword. 
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    Ham got a reaction from BilletHead in I Finally Got a Slam   
    I wish you guys could have been there too. I’m still Super Happy I was Finally able to catch all 4 (err 5) trout Species available . I made some intuitive decisions that paid off. It’s Great when it works out. Please understand a 10 inch Baby Brown would have been fine by me, but a 22 inch hook jawed male was closing out the cycle in style. 
    I swear I intended to quit fishing after the Brown, but during the long run back to the ramp, I changed my mind. I had to make one final drift. Just one more. I changed to a smaller jig and caught 9 more trout in the slower flows tight to the bank. I did stay true to my promise to myself to quit after that last drift. It was close though. 
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    Ham got a reaction from N9BOW in I Finally Got a Slam   
    I wish you guys could have been there too. I’m still Super Happy I was Finally able to catch all 4 (err 5) trout Species available . I made some intuitive decisions that paid off. It’s Great when it works out. Please understand a 10 inch Baby Brown would have been fine by me, but a 22 inch hook jawed male was closing out the cycle in style. 
    I swear I intended to quit fishing after the Brown, but during the long run back to the ramp, I changed my mind. I had to make one final drift. Just one more. I changed to a smaller jig and caught 9 more trout in the slower flows tight to the bank. I did stay true to my promise to myself to quit after that last drift. It was close though. 
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in I Finally Got a Slam   
    I wish you guys could have been there too. I’m still Super Happy I was Finally able to catch all 4 (err 5) trout Species available . I made some intuitive decisions that paid off. It’s Great when it works out. Please understand a 10 inch Baby Brown would have been fine by me, but a 22 inch hook jawed male was closing out the cycle in style. 
    I swear I intended to quit fishing after the Brown, but during the long run back to the ramp, I changed my mind. I had to make one final drift. Just one more. I changed to a smaller jig and caught 9 more trout in the slower flows tight to the bank. I did stay true to my promise to myself to quit after that last drift. It was close though. 
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    Ham reacted to Johnsfolly in I Finally Got a Slam   
    Congrats Ham! Enjoyed seeing the preview all day long helped me get through that crappy week back in Columbia. Like DJ I would have loved to see it all in person. Maybe later this year or next if I can get back that way.
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in I Finally Got a Slam   
    Yes Sir, but if you remember I got the “Ham Slam” that day with Bow, Brook, Cutt, and Walleye.  
    I have also gotten Bow, Brown, Cutt, Crappie, and Largemouth on Norfork 
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    Ham got a reaction from Johnsfolly in I Finally Got a Slam   
    I know I caught Bonnevillie Cutthroat before on the Norfork, but Davy Wotton said Themis is a Yellowstone Cutt? 

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