… in the Susqehanna right now !!
It has rained and been socked in for 5 days straight near Harrisburg, Pa. area were we concentrate most of our efforts for Smallmouth this time of year .
We spent two days , Sun. and Mon. in solid non stop rains getting pounded … the fish were aggressive and just waiting for any chance run down a fast moving target … # 3 spinners did the trick .
If the rains had let up just a little , and a wee bit of sunshine would have shown through , we would have been in paradise … as it was , we suffered the weather and burned the Smallies non stop morning till night . It was 9 pm. when got off the water , they were still hitting but we couldn’t see anything , the water was fast and rocky , the rain was relentless , the temps. had dropped out , we were beat up . Sleep felt like a dream , back at it 5:30 the next morning , raining like mad .
Not just the Smallies , but every fish in the river was on the take … we caught some creek Chub (one was at least 20") , Rock bass , Walleye , and got burned by a couple huge Muskie .
Saw a Golden Eagle twice (same one) , increadibly huge Eagle this was , at least a 7’ wingspan , probably more like 8’ . To watch this majestic creature fly by in my field glasses was hypnotizing .
When I say the Smallies were hot and aggressive , this is an example … they were broadsiding each other in an effort to make the hooked fish drop his catch so the attackers could steal it from him … a common occurance when they are like this !!
One acually got away with it . I had a nice one on , was certain it was hooked good because I had already brought him from full cast to near the boat , then he got broad sided and the spinner knocked clean out of his mouth right in front of my face … the spinner was free for two seconds and a 21" Smallie took up the next battle .
… in the Susqehanna right now !!
Haven’t checked the levels
I’m hoping to get on the Potomac this weekend. I’ll take some Mepps along at your recommendation. We’re in steady rain and have been for a while. It’s probably running strong enough that flies aren’t an option for someone as inexperienced as I am with them and spinnerbaits or in-line spinners will be the way to go. I still have to get the professional quality backlash out of my spinnerbait rod from my last trip.
Remember that targetting bedding bass is illegal in Pennsylvania, even for catch & release. Stay away from slackwater areas with sandy bottoms to keep yourself on the right side of the law.
- Big D
Big_D , believe in the # 3 …
… smoke every nook and cranny with it , work the open water too , not just shore line cover and structure .
This spinning game is not the relaxed tubing of the bottom or surface plug . It is casting your ass off , one cast right after the other non-stop for every minute you are out there , every inch of water you can reach to . It is marathone type work and produces great catches , but you must cast to a gazzilion spots … it’s greatest strength is the ability of the spinner to cover massive amounts of water , cover and structure quickly , and in so doing you find the fish where he is , which could be a hundred different spots in any given moment .
You will inevitabbly lose some of the spinners … take at least 5 with you . Recovering from underwater snags is the norm , you’ll get it back quickly 9 out of 10 times with proper techniques .
You might want to add a 3"-6" stealon leader … you stand every chance of coming across a huge Muskie or two . Without the leader , you say to yourself … what the hell is wrong with me , I know better , this has happened a hundred times .
The Smallies don’t mind the leader when they are like this and running down the spinners . Don’t be afraid of tickling the bottom cover and structure there with the spinners because it may get snaged … that is how you need to do it to catch them .
The water we fish is quick moving and rocky , 2’-8’ depths . Yesterday I hooked up with one in 1’-2’ of a very fast section , at full distance cast . This section had the white cap ripples for a hundred feet and the drift covered about about 200 or more feet a minute . Took 5 minutes and 300’ of river to get him under control in that current , he was in control up until he finally got netted by my nephew … was an exceptionally heavy Smallie with tons of power and energy and had the current in his favor and used it , near the end he was under the boat twice on each side , circled the boat twice and finally got netted .
I’m jealous. Already finished our spring trout fishing trip which was great, but bass season doesn’t open up here until the end of June.
RobW , had a look at your site …
… nice thing going there .
Was looking to see some pics. of the fish you all catch … only saw the (Trout ??) in the thumb. pic. . maybe I just didn’t find them , are there any more fish pics. on the site ??
Seems I’ve been hearing from a few people lately “up north” … is it OK to just say Canadians ?? I was surprised to learn that there are “No fishing allowed” seasons up there .
Send a fish pic. now and then , swap a few .
I think my main target would be Northern Pike if I were up there , always have wanted to catch them in numbers like we catch Smallmouth in these parts , but they are far and few between down here . I understand they are plentiful there .