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  1. Seth, the river conditions sounds a lot like what you had...even with the wind. I did the same float too.
  2. 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.
  3. 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....
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. I got out on the river this week. My report is short. I think the river could use a good hard rain to wash it out. I started out watching two deer swim across the river down from the Hwy 14 bridge. I got a picture of one of them standing on the bank watching me. With the river being low I was set up with a topwater, subsurface and a lure that ran about 3 foot deep. I caught nothing on the topwater and all I could catch was small hand size bass, a lot of them, and goggle eyes on the subsurface lure. Whenever I did get to "deep water" I had a little better luck. Fishing was slow with more walking then last time I was out. Still a good day on the river...Took a few pictures, lost a few lures, and Released them all.......
  8. I got out on the river this week. My report is short. I think the river could use a good hard rain to wash it out. I started out watching two deer swim across the river down from the Hwy 14 bridge. I got a picture of one of them standing on the bank watching me. With the river being low I was set up with a topwater, subsurface and a lure that ran about 3 foot deep. I caught nothing on the topwater and all I could catch was small hand size bass, a lot of them, and goggle eyes on the subsurface lure. Whenever I did get to "deep water" I had a little better luck. Fishing was slow with more walking then last time I was out. Still a good day on the river...Took a few pictures, lost a few lures, and Released them all....... This post has been promoted to an article
  9. yaknar

    Found a Walleye

    SGFChief , I have not notched my paddle yet.But can you tell me how it gets tangled in your line.
  10. yaknar

    Found a Walleye

    Thanks for all the comments. Maybe I'll notch my paddle to see if it can save a couple of lures. Seth, I don't fish for suckers or catfish, but I usually catch them on crankbaits. I don't know why I catch them.
  11. I got out on the river this weekend. I was have a pretty average day. Caught average size smallmouths, average size goggle eyes, a crappie with a black mark on its head and half of its tail missing, I have only caught about 10 crappies total ever, and a sucker. But I came upon a section with a nice current and a still pool on the other side of it. On the second cast it hit. I had to fight it back through the current while trying not to lose it. A 21 inch walleye makes it a "better day" and keeps my streak alive. I couldn't use anything that ran too deep because I was pulling up to much off the bottom. I was trying a bunch of different lures and ended up keeping a Rebel grasshopper and bumble bee on one rod. I caught a lot of fish with them. The picture of the small smallmouth is to show where I fished so on one needs to ask. The river was low, had to drag a little and it was hot but it was a good day on the river . Released them all....And has any of you kayakers used or seen one of the Bending Branches paddle with the hook retrieval system that’s built into the blade. I have stuck my paddle down in the river plenty of times trying to knock a lure off something. I wonder if this would work and should I try to notch mine.
  12. Mzrealfish and Flysmallie thanks for the comments, Seth, I floated down to Delaware.
  13. I got out on the river this week. Last time I was out, it rained on me most of the way down the river, caught a few but I cant catch fish in the rain. This time was different. I put in early and took out 11:30, about a 6 hour float. The weather was great and the water was warm, so no more waders. I don't know if you can see it from from the picture but a deer swam across the river in front me. Laid down the the paddle and tried to take a picture. And if that wasn't enough, later, an eagle landed in a tree above me. I did catch a google eye under the eagle and held it up but the eagle didn't swoop down and take it. I caught more smallmouth than anything on shallow cranks. Here's some pictures of a few. They all put up a pretty good fish. Sometimes I wish I could give them something just to thank them for the fun of catching them. When I took out 8 kayaks and a jon boat were putting in. Always good to put in early. Great day on the river...Released the all.....
  14. I got out on the river this week. Last time I was out, it rained on me most of the way down the river, caught a few but I cant catch fish in the rain. This time was different. I put in early and took out 11:30, about a 6 hour float. The weather was great and the water was warm, so no more waders. I don't know if you can see it from from the picture but a deer swam across the river in front me. Laid down the the paddle and tried to take a picture. And if that wasn't enough, later, an eagle landed in a tree above me. I did catch a google eye under the eagle and held it up but the eagle didn't swoop down and take it. I caught more smallmouth than anything on shallow cranks. Here's some pictures of a few. They all put up a pretty good fish. Sometimes I wish I could give them something just to thank them for the fun of catching them. When I took out 8 kayaks and a jon boat were putting in. Always good to put in early. Great day on the river...Released the all..... This post has been promoted to an article
  15. yaknar

    303 Protectant

    I floated Delaware to Shelvin Rock but any access to access stretch on the James is fun. But we only catch and release on the river.
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