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  1. Thank for the comment moguy1973. I didn’t have a clue. My guess was going to be baby Salamander.
  2. I got out on the river this week. To start out, it was in the 50's when I put in. That cold for August . I could see my breath on the river. I had three first on this trip. I bought 3 difference types of Z Man Chatterbaits, never fished them before. So I used chatterbaits for the first time, caught my first smallmouth with chatterbait and my first walleye on a chatterbait. I've caught walleyes before but never on a chatterbait. I knew I had to leave one on my rods all the way down the river or it would be to easy to put on something I had more confidence in. Turns out I now have a new lure in my arsenal. I had a lot of fun fishing them. I'll start my next trip with one on a rod. I did catch one bass with a minnow in her mouth and another with something, don't know what, in her mouth. I didn't catch a lot or anything big but had a fun time. Took pictures of a few and released them all....Great day on the river...
  3. Logperch was caught on a yellow Rebel grasshopper.
  4. I got on the river this week but I didn't have the luck that Flysmallie had, previous post. I had a hard time finding them and didn't catch a mess of anything. Every hole I came to, I only caught one fish out of. It could have been a smallmouth, goggle eye, cat or pumpkinseed. I caught two pumpkinseeds on the same lure but one flipped of before I could get the picture. I caught three catfish, small, medium, and large. The large one was about 22 inches long and put up a long and hard fight. She made my day. The "paddlefish" is about the size of the smallmouth I was catching. I have caught them before and I know a lot of you "wish" you could catch one but I caught a logperch. He was caught on a Rebel Grasshopper. Everything was caught on cranks. This year I have been taking all my pictures with a iphone, that's water resistant, hanging on a lanyard instead of a camera. It seem to be working pretty good. I also had 2 eagles watching me fish. Fishing was slow, river was down, but it was a great day to be on the river. Took pictures of a few and released them all to fight another day....
  5. I had a stowaway when I went floating this week. I get my kayak from the barn. It sets in the garage overnight. I took it to the river and floated 5 hr. When I got home and took the hatch off to dry out there was a mouse inside. And it smells bad. I have since made a cover for it while it drying out. And when I got home and walked behind my truck, my paddle was barely hanging on. I don't know how long it was like that. No one honked the horns to warn me. As for the fishing it was a very good day. I caught some nice bass and normally I might catch a couple whites a year, I caught 5 in one day. caught one walleye but when I got him unhooked in the kayak he flipped out before I could get a picture and a mess of goggle eyes. I used crankbaits all the way down the river and they either hit it as soon as it hit the water or they wanted it on a "fast" retrieved. It was a great day on the river, took pictures of a few and released them all...
  6. I forgot to post a picture from my Monday float. I don't know if you can see them but, I had 3 deer come down to the river to visit.
  7. I have been out several times since my last post, by myself and with the grandkids. Well it finally happen to me, i buried a treble hook in my finger and one in my leg. The first happened when I was trying to remove a lure that got hung up in one of the bungee cords on my kayak. As I was trying to removing it from the kayak, I buried in my finger, passed the barb. I'm standing waist deep in the river with one hand stuck to my kayak. So I walked the kayak over to the bank and got to work. I decided to yank it out. I knew I had to be committed to the yank. After two yanks it came out. Wasn't pretty but it came out and bleed pretty good. I carry a zip lock bag of first aid stuff, but I now carry a can of 'spray on bandage.' Next trip out was with the grandkids and it happened again, this time in the leg. I tried the yank but that didn't work so I pushed it through and cut off the barb. It did take a little effort to push it on through, but it worked. I have been carrying carry a pair of small needle nose pliers just for this. Bleed a lot less this way. The grandkids got to watch so now when I tell them to be careful .......I was fishing another time and thought I had a fish, set the hook, and nothing. When I reeled it in it had a big old scale stuck on the hook. It was bigger on the river then in the picture. It dried out when I got home. Don't know what it was. And finally, I caught my biggest fish this year. Caught her on a 5 foot, Light action, Ugly Stik. I assume it's a redhorse? She put up a real good fight. Lot of fun.I also caught smallmouths. Released them all.....Great days on the river
  8. I have been out several times since my last post, by myself and with the grandkids. Well it finally happen to me, i buried a treble hook in my finger and one in my leg. The first happened when I was trying to remove a lure that got hung up in one of the bungee cords on my kayak. As I was trying to removing it from the kayak, I buried in my finger, passed the barb. I'm standing waist deep in the river with one hand stuck to my kayak. So I walked the kayak over to the bank and got to work. I decided to yank it out. I knew I had to be committed to the yank. After two yanks it came out. Wasn't pretty but it came out and bleed pretty good. I carry a zip lock bag of first aid stuff, but I now carry a can of 'spray on bandage.' Next trip out was with the grandkids and it happened again, this time in the leg. I tried the yank but that didn't work so I pushed it through and cut off the barb. It did take a little effort to push it on through, but it worked. I have been carrying carry a pair of small needle nose pliers just for this. Bleed a lot less this way. The grandkids got to watch so now when I tell them to be careful .......I was fishing another time and thought I had a fish, set the hook, and nothing. When I reeled it in it had a big old scale stuck on the hook. It was bigger on the river then in the picture. It dried out when I got home. Don't know what it was. And finally, I caught my biggest fish this year. Caught her on a 5 foot, Light action, Ugly Stik. I assume it's a redhorse? She put up a real good fight. Lot of fun.I also caught smallmouths. Released them all.....Great days on the river
  9. I got out on the river this week. The last time I was out I caught fish, just none picture worthy, but I did have a deer come down to the bank to check me out. This time I caught a bunch of average size smallmouth, nothing big, on shallow crankbaits, and soft craws, and a few pumpkinseeds. I couldn't find any goggle eyes. I also caught a gar but when I got it to the side of the kayak she got off. But the fish of the day was the walleye. My streak now is 8 years in a roll with catching a walleye in the James, just bragging. I got hung up in a tree hanging over the river, paddled over to get the lure , and while I was over there I made one cast upstream and had a nice fight on my hands. I caught it up stream from where Wilson creek flows into the James. I did lose one lure but to make up for that I caught a rod and reel, won't tell what lure catches rods. The catfish pic is to show where I was fishing. Great day on the river....All were released to fight again......
  10. Seth, the river conditions sounds a lot like what you had...even with the wind. I did the same float too.
  11. ollie, thanks for the comment.....MNtransplant, when I first moved down here I tried fishing from the banks or fishing around an access, didnt catch many fish. Not to offend anyone. I'm sure there are a lot of anglers that enjoys bank fishing but my advice is to buy a canoe, kayak or rent a canoe from one of the canoe rental places on the river.
  12. I got out on Monday even though the river was a little higher and faster than I would have liked, but the worst part was the wind, a lot of paddling while the wind was trying to blow me upstream. But who can complain when it was a beautiful day and the fish were biting. I started out with the right lures on my rods and didnt change them the rest of the way down the river. The only two lures I used was a shallow and a deep crankbait. The big fish wanted it deep, and in the current they put up a good fight, and the rockbass and small smallmouth wanted it shallow. I now have a green kayak.I got tired of patching my yellow one. Someone told a while back my yellow kayak scared the fish away, although I never had a problem catching fish out of it. It was a great day on the river and they were all released. Now here's some pictures of a few....
  13. A friend of mine caught this fish below Springfield Lake dam last week. I have caught a few fish in my time but never caught one that looks like this. So I thought I would post the picture here so all the master anglers can tell me what it is, it was about 9 inches long.......or should I go to a pet store and ask them?
  14. I got out on the river last week. I think I'm turning into a pumpkinseed - google eye fisherman, with a few smallmouth thrown in. I don't know if its the time of year, lure or water level but I'm having a hard time finding any smallmouth. I can tell you what the pumpkinseed are hitting though. I had a nice float, a lot of low water, but I did find one hole that did have a nice smallmouth in it. I made a long cast down the river with a crankbait. Sometimes I catch my biggest fish on these long cast. I felt something hit it, I thought, and when I set the hook a branch with leaves on it came to the surface. So I just started reeling in when I saw my line going to the center of the river. She must have been hiding under it. I think everyone needs to experience catching a large smallmouth and feeling the power of the fish, while setting about 4 inches above the river in a kayak and a fish turn your kayak around and the pull it down the river. She was released back to the river with a big tail splash. I got to my take out point and pulled my kayak up on the ramp. As I started to walk up the ramp I heard a loud pop....And that was the end to my fishing this year. Long story short I broke my foot, we're talking screws and 8 weeks off from work. But thanks to that one fish I ended my season on a high note.
  15. I got out on the river last week. I think I'm turning into a pumpkinseed - google eye fisherman, with a few smallmouth thrown in. I don't know if its the time of year, lure or water level but I'm having a hard time finding any smallmouth. I can tell you what the pumpkinseed are hitting though. I had a nice float, a lot of low water, but I did find one hole that did have a nice smallmouth in it. I made a long cast down the river with a crankbait. Sometimes I catch my biggest fish on these long cast. I felt something hit it, I thought, and when I set the hook a branch with leaves on it came to the surface. So I just started reeling in when I saw my line going to the center of the river. She must have been hiding under it. I think everyone needs to experience catching a large smallmouth and feeling the power of the fish, while setting about 4 inches above the river in a kayak and a fish turn your kayak around and the pull it down the river. She was released back to the river with a big tail splash. I got to my take out point and pulled my kayak up on the ramp. As I started to walk up the ramp I heard a loud pop....And that was the end to my fishing this year. Long story short I broke my foot, we're talking screws and 8 weeks off from work. But thanks to that one fish I ended my season on a high note. This post has been promoted to an article
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