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Lake McDonough

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Lake McDonough, Barkhamsted, CT
7/10/2011

This is a sad story while trolling on lake McDonough we saw a commotion on the surface of the water and we turned around to find a small mouth bass on it side flopping a round. I scooped it up with my net to find on of the largest small mouth I have ever seen, it had a crappie the size of my hand stuck in its mouth trying to swallow it. We carefully removed the fish and tried to revive the 5 1/2 pound smallie with no luck it died in my live well. We took some pictures and gave the fish to some one that would eat it. I add the photos to this post.

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Crystal Lake Opening Day.
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 1
Views: 4058
Crystal Lake, Ellington, CT
4/17/2010

We got to the ramp about 4:15. The ramp was busy but not insane like last year. It was cold and drisley but not a total wash out. At 6:00 we started our troll did not take long for the first trout a 12 inch rainbow. We caught at least 20 trout between the 3 of us but could only keep 11 do to the slot length. over all a good day we were of the water before 12:00.
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Tournament Gardner Lake
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 2
Views: 4869
Gardner lake, Colchester, CT.
10/10/0

Tournament started at 8am the weatherman predicted a perfect day. But ask as you know they lie. As soon as we hit the water the wind picked up by the time the first lure hit the water there were white caps. My boater (stratos282) caught the first LMB and a good one at 3 pounds and not much longer a 2.5 LMB then they shut off he caught 1 more keeper and a short. Me I caught 2 LMB for a total of 1 pound 14 oz. and one short. It was cold and very windy all day winning weight was just over 9 pounds stratos282 came in third and got lunker. Not a bad day for such s***ty conditions.

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CT River Haddam Memorial Tournament

Avg. Rating: 4.6666666666667
# Reviews: 3
Views: 5119
CT River, Haddam, CT
9/12/2009

8 boats showed up, a pour showing for a club that wants memorialize a member who had passed. We went across from the launch to see if we could put some quick smallies in the boat and added only one. We decided to head north to Matibassett to work all the wood that is in there. We stop at Pratt and Whittney's peer and hooked some monster pike, but only small bass. We made it to Matibassett but it was very muddy. Steve (stratos 282) managed to get three keepers to my one. Fish were caught south of the launch Rich B. and Leeroy C. had over 16 lbs pictured. Congrats to them.

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Night fishing Howells
Avg. Rating: 4.25
# Reviews: 4
Views: 5294
Howells Pond, East Hartland, CT
8/20/2009

We got there about 6:30pm we planned to fish until midnight. It started of slow Geoff got 3 LMB Mike got 5 LMB and me 3 LMB biggest was about 3 lbs all caught before dark. After dark a big Zero we threw everything we had at them and nothing, we quit about 10pm.

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RainBow Res with my nephews.

Avg. Rating: 4.4
# Reviews: 5
Views: 5048
Rainbow Resevior, Windsor CT
8/18/2009

We started at 3 pm for the afternoon my nephews were up from Kansas City and one from Boulder Colorado. We were all throwing 4 inch green pumpkin Sencos. We caught at least 30 bass in 3 hours, most were small but we managed to get a 2 plus here and there. The key to catching smallies in this place is to find wood in 4 to 5 feet of water on the shady side. LMB were on wood also but shallower.

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Yakking Manitook
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 6
Views: 4682
Manitook Lake, Granby, CT
8/10/2009

Went after work to do my first paddling of the year. I took 2 spinning rods with me just in case. I caught 8 bass most were small, 1 was 3 lbs.

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Bass Tournament Congamond Lake

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 12
Views: 9665
Congamond Lake, Southwick MA.
7/5/2009

Start time was 5:30am 67 degrees and partly cloudy. Water temp was 74 degrees. When to a spot I found pre-fishing the day before a small hump in the middle lake 8 feet of water Steve (startos282) caught the first fish on a buzz bait about 2.5 pounds, he caught the second fish just 12 inches, 3rd fish I caught on a spinner bait about 3 pounds, 4th fish was on the same spinner bait a keeper but small and the 5th fish was at a different hump further down the lake on a drop shot about 4 pounds. That was all before 10am. We did not catch another keeper bass the rest of the day. Our total was 11.72 pounds enough to take 1st place.

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Bass Tournament Singletary Lake
Avg. Rating: 4.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 5318
Singletary Lake, Sutton Ma.
6/28/2009

Start time was 6am, weather was 60 degrees and foggy with a light drizzle. Water temp was 70 degrees. We start off heading across the lake to some boat docks and looking for any structure or grass on the way, we nothing on the fish finder and just started casting the shore line with no luck. We started casting out into 8-12 feet of water and we picked up 3 keeper fish. The wind blew us down to south end where we found a large weed flat we caught 2 more keepers and lots of pickerel. We had our 5 fish limit by 9am and could not catch another until 10 minutes before the end of the tournament Steve (stratos282) caught a 2.75 large mouth in front of the boat ramp, that fish put us in second place.

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Bass Tournament Buel Lake, MA
Avg. Rating: 4.25
# Reviews: 4
Views: 4993
Buel Lake, Hartsville MA
6/21/2009

8 boats showed up at Buel Lake in western MA for a 6am start. Weather was 60 degrees light wind blowing to the north, water temp was 70. degrees. We had our 5 fish limit and cull out 2 by 8:30am from the north end of the lake and then no bass until about 1:00. We caught lots of rock bass and pickerel in between. We were able to cull out 2 more bass out of a little creek and lost a monster came off at the boat. All in all a good day our final weight was 7.11 pounds good for 3 rd place.

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Cape Cod Trip

Avg. Rating: 4.25
# Reviews: 4
Views: 4428
Cape Cod, MA
6/12/2009 - 6/14/2009

Great trip we caught 7 species of fish.
first day we caught 20+ stripers no keepers, 5 times we had doubles. Day 2, four of us ran out to try for tuna, but did not catch any. moved to a spot known for cod. We caught cod, haddock, pollock, wolf fish and a kusk. WE headed in and picked up some nice blues and 5 keeper stripers. We also saw whales, basking sharks, dog fish and seals.

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Howell Pond 5/31/09

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 3809
Howells Pond, East Hartland, CT
5/31/2009

I took out stratos282 to Howells to see how we could do with 2 good bass fisherman in the boat. It was a great morning we caught around 50 bass and about 20 were like the picture largest of the day was 3 1/2 pounds. The weather was cold to start 48 degrees, water temp dropped to 63 degrees, clouds moved in and so did the wind which seemed to turn on the fish. We threw mostly yamamoto baits and tubes.

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Colebrook River Dam

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 3548
Colebrook River Dam, Colebrook, CT
5/25/2009

I took my nephew out fishing on Colebrook not knowing what we would be catching because it was my first trip there. Josh started it off with the first 4 fish(small mouth bass) I finally got my first fish a rock bass. We hit the shore line around bushes and rocks we caught over 20 small mouths and a lot more rock bass, I landed the big one of the day a 5 pound small mouth. It was Sunny and a slight wind water temp was 65 to 69 degs air temp was 70 degs

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Howells Pond 5/24/09
Avg. Rating: 4.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1934
Howells Pond, East Hartland, CT
5/24/2009

I took my wife out on her first trip of the season to Howells pond on Sunday morning. We arrived about 8am we were the only ones on the water. Started out slow, my wife caught 3 and I caught 5. There were no size this trip.
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Howells Pond 5/22/09

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 5
Views: 2450
Howells Pond, East Hartland, CT
5/22/2009

Arrived at Howells about 1pm, I fished the shore line and found the bass up under the overhanging trees almost every cast was a hit. I caught 25 bass only 2 were under 12 inches largest was about 3 pounds. It was one of my best days there. Very sunny no wind water temp was 67 to 69 degs.

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CT River Oxbow Tournament
Avg. Rating: 3.5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 2940
CT River Oxbow, N. Hampton, Ma
5/17/2009

Started 6am, This was a trolling motor only tournament so I decided to stay in the Oxbow. I went to the first set of dock on the left as you head towards the marina, and work that bank hard I caught my first bass about 6:30 on a hand poured tube by CobraBaits it was short but I felt good the fish were there. A few trees later I got my first keeper, mostly shorts after that. I felt there were still fish on that side so I worked my way back this time staying a little further out casting into about 6 feet of water and I picked up my next keeper. I worked the docks hard and picked up a nice 3 3/4 pound bass for my third keeper fish. The air temp was 57 deg the water temp was 61 degrees it was cloudy and rained heavy until about 10am, the water was muddy and a little high. I finish with 5 shorts and 3 keepers for the day and did not place in the tournament over all it is not a place I would choose to fish for fun.
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A day on the CT River with Carp13
Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 1957
CT River Hartford, CT
5/9/2009

I launch under the RT291 bridge in Wilson and headed down to E. Hartford Launch to pick up Carp13 to do some striper fishing. It was cloudy with off and on rain the river was up and dirty water temp was 59-61 degrees. We started a drift in front of Wethersfield Cove with no takers. We went in to Keeney Cove to try for bass and pike. We fish way into the woods and around most edges, Carp13 caught a nice chained pickerel on jerk bait and I caught one a few cast later on a Stretch 40. we fish our way to the bridge were carp13 caught a 3 plus large mouth. We crossed over the bridge and I caught a bass on some wood. We then went under the highway and Carp13 caught a crappie. I the gave Carp13 a ride at 25 mph out of Keeney cove back onto the river for some lunch while we trolled and that produced nothing so we headed back.
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Howells Pond 5/7/2009
Avg. Rating: 4.6666666666667
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1765
Howells Pond, East Hartland, CT
5/7/2009

Started out slow, thunder storm was in the distance, no wind and water temp was 59.8 degrees. I fished shore line with stretch 40 Yamamoto with 1 short bass. Moved to deeper water about 6 ft. and caught 5 lb Large mouth on a CobraBait hand poured tube. A couple cast later a 3 pounder on the same tube. Miss another, I tried crank bait, nothing. Went to a Texas rigged 4 inch Senco and got another 3 pounder.
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Wangunbaug (Coventry) Lake
Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 2662
Coventry Lake, Conentry, CT
4/26/2009

Carp13 and I went to Coventry Lake to bass fish on Sunday morning. Water temp was 55 degrees, blue bird sky, with a light wind coming from the west. We started across from the launch a little to the west on some rocks. I tided on a hand poured tube in green pumpkin copper flake made by Cobra Baits (www.cobrabait.com) we did nothing of the rocks and move to the south side of the island, no fish. We moved to the point next to the north end of the island I caught 3 small bass, 2 rock bass and 1 bluegill. we moved to the rock pile at patriots park no fish, the wind had picked up so we drifted in front of the launch, I switched rods to one with a rattle trap and caught 2 nice brown trout, Carp13 caught a pickerel. We called it a day.
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Enders State Forest
Avg. Rating: 3.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 2164
Enders State Forest, Granby, CT
4/25/2009

I went hiking with my wife to see the fall at Enders State forest. There were nice pools at the bottom of all the falls. I brought my pen fishing pool $19. including line, extended the pool put on a rooster tail and made a cast first cast a small salmon hit and came unbuttoned. A few casts later I caught a 10 inch brook trout and a cast after that a salmon hit my lure. We moved to another pool, first cast I got a hit and I made the mistake of setting it like it was a bass and snapped the pole in two.
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Shad fishing the Farmington
Avg. Rating: 4.25
# Reviews: 4
Views: 1624
Farmington River, Windsor, CT
4/23/2009

We trolled from the mouth of the Farmington to Loomus pool, the water was dump in to the CT at a good rate and the water clearity was muddy. We manage to catch 2 Shad, 4 schooly's and 2 alewife. I would rate it as a poor day of fishing
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Opening Day On Crystal Lake
Avg. Rating: 3.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1590
Crystal Lake, Ellington, CT
4/18/2009

Was an incredible start we caught fish one after another, bad thing most were in the slot so we had to let them go. We ended up with 8 keeper trout and 6 1/4 pound salmon, my first. Fish shut off just after 8am we fished until 11am adding only a couple more fish. Over all one of our best days on Crystal.
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Wickabaog Lake
Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 1302
West Brookfield Ma.
4/5/2009

Fist tournament of the season, air temp was 52 deg, water temp started at 54 deg end at 49.8 deg about 4pm. Sky was clear and sunny. Water color was dirty do to wind. We caught no fish. Out of 10 boats only 5 fish were caught.
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West Hill Lake
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West Hill Lake, CT
11/2/2008

Very cold start to the day. Wind picked up and made fishing almost unbearible
the fish were just not biting. Trout and salmon were every where but I was fishing for bass. This is my second trip here with no bass, I think I going to check this one off the list of places to fish for bass.
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