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  1. 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.
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    My Last Smallmouth

    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
  3. 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.......
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    Delaware to Shelvin

    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.......
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    Found a Walleye

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

    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.
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    A Deer, An Eagle and Some Fish

    Mzrealfish and Flysmallie thanks for the comments, Seth, I floated down to Delaware.
  9. 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.....
  10. 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
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    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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    303 Protectant

    The 303 I bought at O'Reillys was the white bottle. I dont know the different between the black and white bottle.
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    303 Protectant

    In Springfield, you can get it at the O'Reilly on south Campbell. When I went in to buy it I couldnt find on the shelf. I talk to the guy behind the counter and he said " we keep it in the back". I didnt ask why but it did made me smile.
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    303 Protectant

    I floated down the river for the first time this year. I thought I would clean up the kayak before I took her out. She"s about 10 years old and the yellow is fading so I bought a bottle of 303 Protectant , it did a great job. I dont know what the life expectancy for a kayak is but she looks like she could last for another 10 years. Great weather but the river was up a little, for me. The good news was on the way out of the house I checked my list and almost forgot my camera. The bad news was the last time I charged it up was last year, so I was only able to take 3 pictures. The google-eye were out and hungry so I caught a mess of them. Caught a few smallmouth, only one nice one and I didnt see any nest. After I took its picture my camera stopped working so the rest of my story I have no pictures. The longest fish I caught was about 3 ft., It was a Gar. I fought it for a few minutes, surprised it didnt throw the lure, which was a deep diving crank. I was on the bank at the time so I decided to walk it up on the bank. The lure was just barely hanging in its mouth so I dropped my rod and jumped over and straddled it on my knees, hoping to land it. But it just threw the lure and slipped through my knees. The camera was dead so I couldnt take a picture anyway. Released them all.....great day on the river...looking forward to a great year on the river....
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    I Didn't Know What It Was....At First

    Or you could...... Get up real, real early Load your bike and kayak in your truck Chain your kayak to a tree at your put-in Drive to your take out, park your truck, and ride your bike back to your put-in Put your bike in your kayak and float down the river. But with all the hills you will probably be to tried to fish and your lures will smell like Bengay cream.... Or your could just float down to JRO or Hootontown and have them take you back to your truck, what grizwilson said
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