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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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......
  5. Seth, the river conditions sounds a lot like what you had...even with the wind. I did the same float too.
  6. 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.
  7. 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....
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.......
  12. 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
  13. yaknar

    Found a Walleye

    SGFChief , I have not notched my paddle yet.But can you tell me how it gets tangled in your line.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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