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Shelvin to hootentown 4-17

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Been itchin to get the new canoe out so decided to do a short float on the James.  I got to Hootentown rental at 9:00 and by 9:30 I was on the water. Didn't see another soul till about noon. Also didn't see any fish till about noon. Changed lures a lot and settled on a storm wild eye minnow after catching my first smallie. Caught a bunch of goggle eye and 4 smallmouth,  one that was about 15 inches.  Nice day to be on the water other than the wind which was at times brutal. Canoe handled wonderfully except when she turned sideways to the 25 mph wind gusts.  I think I needed ballast. 

No fish pics as I was doing my best to keep the nose into the wind. Did take a shot or two of the new ride. That section may not be the best for fishing, but it sure is a pretty Spring float. Float time 3.5 - 4 hours. Took me almost 6 but I like to stop and fish. 

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Nice ride and thanks for the report. I floated Delaware to shelvin last Wednesday and caught more goggle eye than I ever have in one day. And I promise you... There is plenty of good fishing on that stretch!! 

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10 hours ago, Mofloatjunkie said:

Nice ride and thanks for the report. I floated Delaware to shelvin last Wednesday and caught more goggle eye than I ever have in one day. And I promise you... There is plenty of good fishing on that stretch!! 

Thanks and I don't doubt you on the fishing being good there.  I saw a lot a good looking water that I just could not fish in the wind. One of the guys at Hootentown rental told me the fishing was better down river so that's what I was going on. 

 

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