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Big bass and a bunch of kooks

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 7
Views: 1226
6/22/2014

Fished a small pond that is basically a swamp this time of year. Thick weeds everywhere! It's hard to throw anything but a frog, so I started with that and picked off a few small bass. I found a few breaks in the weeds, so I decided to cast a spinnerbait in the open areas and burn it back. Caught one bass on the first cast, then a few more in the same general area, the biggest one just over 2 pounds. I paddled around to another open area in a little deeper, cast out the spinner, and it got crushed. A small battle ensued, with the bass diving into the weeds often, but never coming off the hook. I got it to the boat, along with about 20 pounds of weeds, and got it on the scale. It had a big head and a huge stomach, as it must have just ate, but it wasn't that long. Either way it tipped the scale at 5pounds 9ounces, and I just changed the batteries and rechecked the scale the day before. Good stuff!

The rest of the day I caught a few more bass, but nothing big. I spent most of my time observing probably the least intelligent people I've ever seen in my life. I see a group of 3 canoes put in, and they all have 5 gallon buckets in between the rowers. They then proceeded to b-line to about 20 feet away from where I was fishing. They started pulling weeds out of the water and filling the bucket. I figured maybe they were doing a pond study or something, so I just kept fishing. I cast a frog towards shore and one of the women looks up and says "look over there, its a snake!!" and the other woman says "oh yes, there are snakes in here" I'm sitting there thinking to myself, "you've got to be kidding me. Do you not see the 3 fishing poles I have hanging out of my kayak, including one that I've actively been casting next to you for the last 10 minutes?????"

Anyways...I paddled around them, and finally asked what they were doing. This is how the conversation happened:

me: "what are you guys doing with the weeds?"
them: "oh just taking them out and bringing them to shore."
me: "You're trying to clean all the weeds out of the pond?"
them: "yes, do you want to help?"
me: "Hahaha"

I had to get out of there, I'm not sure how they planned on cleaning out the weeds, which you can almost walk across, in a probably close to 50 acre pond with 6 people and a few buckets. I did not even want to know what the logic behind this plan was.

All in all, a good day. probably caught 10 bass, with one big guy, and had some good entertainment!

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Epic Day on the Ice

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 16
Views: 1608
3/2/2014

After having a pretty tough season so far, we went out this weekend hoping to turn things around. Saturday did not work out so well, but we did crush the 8" pickerel. They didn't stand a chance.

Sunday was another story. Tried a new lake and when we got there it was pretty crowded. We found a spot that wasn't crowded and set up. About an hour later flags started flying...all bass 1-2lbs. The jig bite was on too. About noon, I go over to check a flag, set the hook and felt decent pressure fighting back on me. All of a sudden a giant maw pokes up into the hole. I reach in and grab a 5-3 largemouth!

After a few victory fist pumps, I calm down and start jigging a little. Catch a few panfish, a few more bass on the tip ups..then all of a sudden something big grabbed my tiny jig. It took line, I reeled it back up, it ran, I fought back. 5 minutes later I see another huge jaw appear in the 6" hole. Reach in and grab a 5-2 largemouth! I just about crapped my pants...2 5 pounders in one day?! I've only caught 2 5 pounders in my life, so I just doubled it in one day!

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Salmon River

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 18
Views: 1510
Pulaski, NY
10/5/2013 - 10/6/2013

My buddy has been going up to the Salmon River almost every weekend for the salmon run for the past 2-3 years, and always sends me pictures of monster fish he and his dad catch out there. This year I made it a point to save a vacation day ad get out there!

Left MA Friday after work and headed back to my parents house near Albany. Got there loaded up and then headed out to Pulaski with my dad and brother.

Saturday morning wake up call is at 4:30am and we are at the Douglaston Run parking lot by 5:15. The place is a mob scene...all you can hear is burps and farts, and people putting on their waders for a half hour. At 6am the gate opens to go down to the river and a mass of people exit the parking lot...it was almost like when you're waiting to get into an amusement park and the gates finally open, minus the screaming kids. We hike down a path with head lamps and cross the river to get to our spot, where we wait until it is actually bright enough to see.

The fishing was pretty crazy, there are tons of fish in the river and you can see them everywhere-they even bump into you every once in awhile. The bite was tough because the fish have to be hooked in the mouth, or you have to break off your line or immediately release them. Couple this with my lack of fly fishing experience and light leaders, and you get a pretty frustrating day on the water. I must have hooked up close to 20 fish and didn't land one. Our group did well overall, lots of hook ups, and a few fish were landed with 3 being kept.

Next day was a little better. We all started to get the hang of it a little more, and I started to be able to tell when the fish was caught in the mouth, so I don't fight it for 15 minutes and then realize I have to break the line anyway. Everyone landed fish Sunday, and my brother and I each took home 2.

Overall, it was a great trip and I could not believe the power of these fish, never felt anything like it, which made it so satisfying to land a 25-30 pound fish on 14 pound leader on a fly that I tied.

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November Bass Blitz

Avg. Rating: 4.9285714285714
# Reviews: 14
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11/10/2012

I've been super busy lately, and my schedule coming up isn't looking too good either, so I had to take advantage of a free day to get on the water!

We got up early Saturday and were on the lake by 730. Having heard stories of solid largemouth fishing at this lake, we tied on some fall favorites: jigs, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits. We could have just brought 1 rod on this trip though, because all they were hitting were the jigs. I used a green pumpkin with a green trailer and my buddy used a white chatterbait, and that got the job done all day.

The bite started out hot, and I boated a 4-2, 3-11 and a 1-9 all within the first hour. My buddy then caught up with a 3-0, a 4-13 and 2-4. The bite slowed a little and we picked off a few more in the 1-2 pound range, and then I ended up with a nice 3-4 to end the day. We only caught 9 fish, but the quality was pretty high, smallest was 1-9, lunker at 4-13, and best 5 going 18 lbs 14oz. Can't complain about that!

As I mentioned, all bass we caught were on jigs and they were all off windy points. We found the pattern early and it stuck for the rest of the day, which led us to our best day on the water.

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July 4th Fireworks

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 11
Views: 2583
I'd like to preface this by stating up front, that I got that ounce I was looking for last time out...

I decided to sleep in and when I woke up, it was dumping rain anyway, so I wasn't really in any rush to get out on the water, plus the fish I have been catching lately haven't been first thing. Loaded up the boat and hit the water by 7:45am. It was raining really hard, and my kayak ended up getting a good amount of water in the bottom of it. At one point you could barely see across the lake! Wearing a bathing suit was a good move on my part.

The bite was pretty slow to start, a few bumps, but nothing much going on. At 8:30 I felt that familiar tap tap that I've been feeling lately. I reeled in the slack, felt some weight and set the hook. The fish felt pretty decent, but I didn't think it was anything crazy. Once it got close to the boat I realized I was pretty far off on that assumption, and when the beast saw the boat, I felt his full strength as he took off for the weeds. A short battle ensued, with me ending up winning and catching my PB bass, weighing in at 5lbs 10 oz!!

After that, I felt like it didn't matter if I catch anything at all. I crossed the lake to where I missed a good one the Sunday prior. Cast the jig out, felt the tap tap, set the hook on another beast. This battle panned out almost exactly the same as the one over the weekend! Tap tap, set hook, fight fish for 30 seconds, fish jumps out of the water, then spits the hook after it lands. It was in the same area and almost identical battle; it was probably the same damn fish and now he's just sitting there laughing at me!

The rain slowed, and then the sun actually came out and it got hot. I ended up catching another nice bass, which came in at 3lbs 10 oz. This is a good fish no doubt, but pales in comparison when your first fish was 2lbs heavier! After that I made my way back to the launch and headed home. Not bad for two hours on the water! Both big bass, and Sunday's lunker, were caught on Boag Hog Baits brush jigs, green pumpkin (Thanks Jay!!)

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Can I get an ounce??

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 11
Views: 3020
Lincoln, MA
7/1/2012

Got out this morning early...on the water by 5:45. Bit was slow, as was the wind, until about 8. The wind picked up and I finally caught a bass, and a few other non-target species. 10am comes around and I miss 2 big bass back to back on the jig. Not sure what the deal was, but the hook wasn't holding solid. One was a good one, probably 4-5lbs, and the other probably low 3's, as I saw them both before they spit my jig back into my face.

I trimmed the weed guard back a little, and started getting some solid hook ups. A few in the 2lb range within a half hour had me wondering why I woke up so early and rushed out to the lake, but anyways, kept fishing and battling the wind that decided to get pretty strong. I cast towards a thick patch of weeds and landed the jig just before them. Felt a litttle tap tap and set the hook on something heavy. The battle ensued for a few minutes, and I could tell it was a decent fish. I finally landed it, snapped a pic or 2, and weighed it in at 4lbs 15oz. The 5 pound club has eluded me so far this year, but only by a single ounce!!

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April 11

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 3219
4/11/0

Fished yesterday in the Metrowest area. Zipped home from work and loaded the kayak as soon as possible. Made it to the lake shortly thereafter and was on the water by 4:30pm. Weather was off and on rain, but mostly cloudy and calm wind. Water temps in the mid 50s - my thermometer was reading 56 the whole time.

The bite was pretty slow overall. Caught two decent bass, one in the low 2lb range and one that the scale called 3lbs even and a few slime darts; one being of the skinniest looking pickerel I've ever seen.

When the fish weren't biting, I made friends with an enormous snapper...check the pics, I was a little scared to stick my hand in the water to take the pictures!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Metro west.

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 14
Views: 2882
9/28/2011

The party started out when my alarm rang at 5:15 in the morning. I had my gear loaded the night before, so just grabbed a few bananas for breakfast and stopped at Dunkin' D's for a coffee. There is no traffic at that time of day, so I got to the boat launch around 6 am, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Captain Kman, of the USS Northshore.

The captain arrived shortly thereafter and we packed up our vessel, and hit the lake. We had a slow start, trying to figure out what the fish were after on this particular day. The weather called for cloudy skies and possibly some rain, but as the sun rose, we found ourselves looking at a blue bird sky. This pond seems to be much better when the weather is cloudy, and even better when it is raining. The bite was slow to begin with, and we had our initial doubts, but within an hour, Kman boated a solid 3 lb 4 oz largemouth on a jig. Game on.

We continued fishing, getting bites here and there, boating a few fish in the 1-2 lb range. The worm bite was slow, so I switched over to a white spinnerbait. Shortly thereafter I had my first hit, and it was a good one. I could tell it was a good fish, but I couldn't see it and it wasn't surfacing. A few seconds later, we saw a flash of green pop out of the water; it was long and skinny. I thought it might be a monster pickerel, which is bittersweet; a huge fish on one hand, but a pain in the ass pickerel on the other. As I got the fish closer to the boat, we realized it was a big bass, as it took off away from us. I told the Captain to get the net, and he told me to shut up because we never bring a net. I remembered he was right and told him he better be ready to lip that pig, and he was. I got him close, Kman grabbed him and we weighed him in at 3 lbs 6 oz. Shortly after, another cast yielded a 2 lb 6 oz largemouth, also victim to the white spinnerbait.

The Captain was dead set on catching fish on Bitsy Bug jigs, and he was working them hard. I, myself, have never had much luck with jigs, but had been wanting to figure out how they work. Today turned out to be the perfect day to do so. Kman hit another 3 pounder on the jig, but refused a picture, because he is sneaky like that that and he said that 3 pounders weren't worth taking pictures of. He taught me the ways of the jig, and I worked on my technique, catching a few bass in the meantime, trying to keep up with the Captain's success on the jig.

After all these fish, I tired, and took a break around 11:35. At this point I made good friends with a dragonfly that landed on my hand and caused me stare at him for 5 minutes straight, very cool bug. After that, I caught a few more jig bass, and we saw a swimming squirrel. Who knew that squirrels swam?? Certainly not the two passengers on the USS Northshore! I had to take a picture to document the situation, and so that I could include it in the detailz of this trip.

We had a few more successful drifts through the lily pads that yielded my best largemouth on a jig, 3lbs 7 oz, and another solid one from Kman, in the mid 2 lb range. He didn't want a picture of it, but I took one anyway, so that trip wasn't all about the first mate (it's the one with a fish being held and no person in the background).

Got off the water around 1:30 and all in all, it was a successful day. USS Northshore ended up boating at least 30 bass, along with another 10-15 pickerel; the top 5 bass going in the 16 pound range, despite the fact that the weather wasn't what we've had our our best days in. After a long day of a slamming hogs, I went home and iced my joints and wrists and relaxed with a well earned cold beer.

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Rain Day Slug Fest

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 15
Views: 3249
Lincoln, MA
8/15/2011

Got the call at 6:15 that we weren't working today because of the rain...tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't stop thinking about hitting my local spot. I always seem to do pretty well when its rainy there. Took my time and got my stuff together, had some breakfast and a coffee, threw my kayak on the car and I was on my way. On the water by 8:30 and it was raining so hard I couldn't make out any of the patches of lily pads that are usually all over the lake.

Fished the usual start out spots and landed 2 small keepers and moved on. I've never had much luck fishing the downed trees in this spot, but this have never stopped me from fishing them anyway. I noticed a tree that looked to be recently down, as I haven't noticed it before. Cast toward one side and hook up with a 3 lb 1oz largemouth. Document and release it, then cast to the other side of the small tree and hook up with a 2lb 5 oz. Bout time I get something out of the trees here!

I then moved along the different sections of pads heading down the lake, picking up some small keepers in the 1 pound range here and there. I got to another downed tree where I've caught a nice bass at before, and end up hooking up with another one, this one at 3 lbs 7 oz. The head on this fish was enormous, but the rest of the body wasn't quite as filled out...still a solid fish.

These fish were all caught on 5" green swimsenkos t-rigged weightless. I caught a few more on this pattern, but then the wind picked up, so I switched over to a gray/black/gold spinnerbait with gold blades and caught a few more right off the bat. Once I got to the far end of the lake, I had one jump at the lure about 2 feet away from the boat and completely miss the lure. I thought it was going to jump right in the boat and scared the crap out of me. It looked to be another solid fish, probably in the 3 pound range, but he disappeared after his acrobatics display. I then missed another smaller fish that spit the hook. Next cast landed right next to the weedline and something exploded on the lure...3 lb 12 oz hog.

I was thinking that the day was going pretty well, and now I just needed that nice 5 pounded to finish it off. I cast toward another weed line just a few minutes later and had another explosion. This one was big. Battled it for several minutes and then got it in the boat. It was big, and I was hoping it would make the 5 pound mark, which I haven't hit this year, but it came up just short at 4lbs 12 oz. Who can complain with that though? At least I know my visual scale is somewhat close to my actual scale...

The wind was blowing me back towards the other side of the lake, where I put in, so I continued casting the spinnerbait towards the weedbeds and this produced several more bass in the 1 1/2-2lb range, with the largest of the drift being 2lbs 5 oz. I tried fishing around some other spots near the launch, but by this time I was completely soaked through, and the wind was blowing pretty good, so I decided to call it a day.

I ended up with 24 bass, best 5 going 17lbs 5 oz, and lunker at 4 lbs 12oz. Not bad! Today proved 2 things: The fish are definitely more active in the rain at this spot, and that my rain gear needs fresh coat of waterproofer on it!

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Sebago Lake

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 8
Views: 2995
Sebago Lake, ME
8/13/2011

Went camping up to Sebago Lake in Maine this weekend. Friday night I realized that I should probably have a boat somewhat larger than my 9' kayak. The lake is absolutely huge. The water is crystal clear, and it gets very deep. No luck Friday evening, so got up early on Saturday. Got down to the water about ten minutes to 6 and caught the sunrise as I paddled out. I paddled to an island and fished around there without any luck, and set off for a smaller part of the lake. I had the sinking feeling that I was going to get skunked this weekend. For whatever reason, I decided to troll a spinner as I headed towards the next spot. There aren't any weeds in the area, it was pretty deep, so I wouldn't get snagged, and I know there are lots of salmon and trout in the lake, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

As I got about 50 yards from an island, my boat started shaking, and it felt like I was running over a tree in the water or something. I looked down and couldn't see bottom and said "what the hell is going on?" I looked behind me and my rod is bent over and tugging. A second later I see a fish jump out. I grabbed the rod and commenced battling the fish. At first I thought it was a salmon because of where I caught it, and it was jumping. I didn't get a good look at it because of where the sun was until I got it close to the boat and realized it was a smallmouth. It was 2 lbs 4 oz and 16.5". I was pumped because I had not faith in my trolling idea, and this fish fought like crazy.

I figured lightning doesn't strike twice, and there was no way this would work again, but I couldn't resist. I cast the lure out again and paddled bag to the general area I was in, turned and headed back towards the island again along a similar path. A minute later, I got that same feeling of the boat jerking around, looked back, and the pole was bent over again! Are you kidding me? Another solid fight and I got another smallie in the boat, this one clocking in at 2 lbs 14 oz and 19". I was pumped, and even more so later that day, when I realized that was my biggest smallmouth to date! Both were caught on a #4 Mepps Aglia.

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4th of July Weekend

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 8
Views: 2344
Hadlock Pond
7/3/2011

Started out camping for a few days at a state campground up in the Adirondacks. It's on Putnam Pond and the lake is absolutely beautiful. Signs at the gate told me that there were smallmouth, Northerns, perch and that muskies had been stocked for the past few years. We hiked on day, and spent most of the next day in the kayaks. Following in the trend of fishing trip debacles that involve myself, I left my oar at home. The campsite did not have any extra oars I could rent, so it looked like the wife and I would be sharing her's. Not the best set up, but it got the job done...

The fishing was less than stellar, despite the fact that the lake looked so good. I ended up with 3 bass, 2 shorts and one that was probably 1.5 pounds around 14-15". Couldn't complain about the poor fishing on a lake that, and the weather being so good though. This guy asked me if I caught anything on the way out, so I told him, and he said "It's not much of a fishing pond." I was tempted to tell him he "must not be that much of a fisherman," but I decided not to given my poor showing earlier in the day.

The next morning we dodged an early thunder storm and headed to my parents lake house near Lake George. The pond its on has never been great for big bass, but I usually won't get shut out and the last few times I've even managed a few pike. My dad and I decided to go out after lunch in the canoe to see if we could catch anything. The weather was overcast with off and on rain, so I thought we might get a few, despite the fact that it was the worst part of the day to fish during the summer. We were doing ok, I had 2 small keepers and my dad had 1 around 15", then we went into this cove where we usually have decent action. I hooked up with a pike on a spinnerbait, but was messing with the drag earlier so as soon as I saw it turn sideways, it spit the hook because I had it set too loose. A few minutes later my dad hooked up with another bass and just after that I had a big tug on the line after I switched to a texas rigged Zoom worm. I fought the fish for a little bit and got it up to the boat, I saw it was a good sized pike. As soon as it saw the boat it took off straight down, peeling out my drag. Eventually I got him back up to the boat and got him in. We snapped a pic and received some cheers from a group of people bbq'ing on shore, then released it. It was definitely one of the biggest pike we've seen from the lake at 27", but nice and fat. I got one this past winter that was 28" and weighed 4.14lbs, so I'm guessing this one weighed just a little less than that.

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Walk the Plank

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 10
Views: 2778
3/1/2011

It seems that most of my ice fishing trips involve some sort of debacle. Today's proved to be no different. Left the house on time, and not hung over, so far so good. The sun starts to peek out, clear skies all around...looks like its going to be a good day. Park at the lot, it's a little hike to get into the water, probably a 1/2 mile or so. Grab my gear and start heading up the path. As I'm getting closer I see a dark line going across the middle of the river (I'm fishing a bay off the Sudbury River), hoping that its just a line of brush along the shore, I keep going. When I get closer, I realize its open water...not good, especially since you have to walk up the river to get to the bay. > It looked like the ice was ok on the bay, and maybe along the shore line, so I tried to figure out how to get to the water (first time I went here, everything was frozen up, now it looks like a soupy marsh) start walking through some trees and take a step and find myself up to my crotch in snow...great...a few more steps and it doesn't get any better, and it turns out there is water underneath all that snow! As my feet started to feel wet, I decided it was a good idea to turn around and seek an alternate route. > After a short tirade directed at wet feet and open water, I tried to sort out my options...tried a few paths that all proved fruitless. All my bait was huge, because I was going to try to catch pike...and it was probably too big for bass/pickerel, and I didn't know another lake that was close for pike. I started walking back up the path I came down on and noticed another path that went along the marshy area (but not through it). People are always hiking the trails around there, so I don't know whether the trail just hooks back into the woods, or actually follows the water line, but I figured I'd try it anyway, because I was out of ideas. > The path did in fact follow the water around, and also veered back into the woods. Bingo. I finally get down to the water and see a plank frozen to the ice. Great...really not into crossing planks to get to safe ice, plus the ice opened up more since the plank was put there...aka it wasn't quite long enough. After negotiating the plank, which was frozen to the thick ice enough to hold my weight on the other side, I checked the ice and it seemed ok, so I set out to my spot. > I cut my holes and the waiting game was on. I heard pike fishing is usually slow, so I was anticipating a slow day. The problem was I had wet feet from deep snow mishap earlier, which made the wait tough. I had a few wind flags, but around 10 am, a flag popped right up, and it wasn't windy...went over to check it and the line is peeling out. I let it got a little while, then grab the line and start pulling it in. I use circle hooks, so you don't have to set the hook, just apply pressure and keep pulling, but you also lose a fair amount of fish while learning them...anyways, I guess I did it right this time, and I felt something pretty big on the end of the line. It ripped some line from my hands and I fought back, so I knew he was hooked pretty well. I get him right under the hole and he gave me a side flash, I could tell it was big and it was either a pike or a monster pickerel. My auger is only 6" which I realized last night might be kind of small, especially if hook into something big. Because of this, it took a few goes to get his head lined up with hole and a few moments where I thought I might lost it, but I eventually got him lined up and got his head above water. Grabbed him under the gill plate and was pretty pumped. It was a 27.5" 4 lb 14oz northern pike, which isn't huge for pike standards, but its my biggest to date and my first in Mass. I snapped some pictures and released him back down the hole. I only had one flag all day, but I can't complain with a fish like that!

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Hardwater Weekend

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 7
Views: 2618
Saratoga Lake, Collins Lake
2/12/2011 - 2/13/2011

Went back to NY to fish with my buddy and my dad this weekend. Did a little research the week before and we ended up fishing the south end of Saratoga Lake. Woke up early, had the mandatory coffee and Eggwich from Stewart's, and got on the ice by 7. We were looking for big bass or a pike, but we only ended up catching 2 small pickerel. The benefit of not having to check flags every 2 minutes is that you have more time to make gourmet lunches, like chili dogs (with venison hot dogs), and to drink beers. Sunday we went to a small lake close to my house where my buddy has had good luck this year recently. This day turned out better than the day before in the first half hour! I caught my first northern pike through the ice, and 15 minutes landed a nice bass...didn't weigh it, but my guess is around 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, nice and fat. Proceeded to ice fish for the rest of the time we were there. Wrapped up around 11:30, with a few bass and several northerns ranging from 20"-30".

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Weekend Excursions

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# Reviews: 4
Views: 2261
1/15/2011 - 1/16/2011

Made it out both days this weekend, which was pretty awesome. Saturday was at Massapoag Pond. This place took us forever to find parking...the spot I thought we'd park (cartopper launch) was not plowed out at all, so we drove around the lake for about an hour, driving down all the side roads until we randomly noticed a summer camp driveway that had tire marks down an unplowed driveway. Turned out to be the access to the lake, so we finally got onto the ice at about 830-9. Had a pretty good day of chasing flags, no huge beasts, but a few decent keeper bass and pickerel. Jigged up a few nice perch that I ended up keeping and also caught a nice 14" bass on the ultra light panfish jig pole! Next Day, met up with Rokibass at Arlington Bait and headed over to Wright's Pond. The ice was real sloppy there all day, making it hard to get around. I showed Roger a few things about catching bass on tip ups and also how to miss at least 15 fish with crappy hooksets. The flags came in spurts...slow for an hour or 2, then 2-3 in 5 minutes. One time I had 3 flags up within a minute, and proceeded to miss each fish, haha. A good day overall, until that damn football game last night...

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Gator Hunting

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 2355
1/5/2011

Went out to a spot that is usually not fishable except in the winter for two reasons: 1. Weeds - a decent hike in and not many shore spots 2. Its known as the local Pickle Pond...not a place a guy like me needs to be around during the warm months...we'll leave it at that. Anyways...got out there and set up by 9:30 and proceeded to have pretty constant action all day. I actually ran out of shiners around 12:30 so ended up packing it in. I had a LOT of flags today..unfortunately I missed a bunch of fish, but the ones I did connect were pretty good. 4 Pickerel, smallest at 17", the rest over 20", and the biggest was 22 1/2". 2 small keeper bass also. Despite the fact that traffic on 93 was whipping by only a few yards away, the weather was nice and the fishing was pretty hot.

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Round Lake

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# Reviews: 8
Views: 1916
Round Lake
12/29/2010

I was back in New York for the holidays and decided to bring all my gear and hit the hard water. My buddy told me there was solid ice just about everywhere and he'd been getting some solid bass. My Dad and brother came too, so we had 20 traps set up for most of the day. Despite the area being covered like a mine field, we only managed 3 bass. We also had a few bite offs and some poor hooksets...I guess we're still shaking off the rust a little...I landed the biggest at 3 lbs 9oz.

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First day on the Hard Water

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# Reviews: 3
Views: 1900
Lincoln, MA
12/22/2010

After spending the last few weeks checking ponds, waiting for ice, and reading up on all the new crap that is going to make this ice fishing season "awesome", the day finally came where I was able to take out the gear, and hit the lake! Got to the pond, found 3" of clear ice covered in a little snow all over the lake. The water was shallow and its been cold, so this pond is locked up solid. Definitely weird walking on the clear ice, someone referenced it as "having a Jesus walking on water complex". Anyways, cut a few holes, found the lake more shallow than I expected, but decided to set up regardless. Pretty slow day, fished 9-12, with a few false flags, and only 1 real one. Landed a 17" pickerel, nothing huge, but at least I was not shut out!

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Fall Big Bass Bonanza

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 8
Views: 1742
Lincoln, MA
9/29/2010

First official trip of the fall and it went pretty well. Got on the water at 6:45am. It started dumping rain about a half hour later, then cleared up for awhile. Rain was off an on the entire time after that. In the first 4 hours, I caught 4 dink bass and 1 perch. 10:30 I started casting my spinnerbait towards the pads, BAM. 3lb 6oz Nice! I almost left because I wasn't catching anything, glad I stayed! 15 minutes later BAM again, 4lbs 8oz. Sweet! 15 minutes I switched over to the senko, cast out and was reeling it back in when something swirled around it, I stopped reeling and let it sit for a second, then BAM again. 3lb 13 oz. ! It was weird, like flip the switch and the bite was on! I've never had a trip with that many hogs back to back like that, or one with that many 3+'s, so I was pumped! All the bass were in about 1-2' of water on the edge of some pads and grass.

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Labor Day

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1692
Hadlock Pond
9/6/2010

Finally got around to uploading the pics from my camera. Went out early Labor Day, kayak style, morning was cool and the water was warm, making some awesome misty morning pictures. Ended up with my first Northern in awhile and it was a decent size. Didn't weigh or measure, but was probably between 20-24". Caught it on a white/chartreuse spinnerbait, which has been killing it lately! Also caught a small bass on a senko.

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Finally...Fiver!

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 13
Views: 2547
Andover,ma
We're going camping this weekend in New Hampshire, so I dropped my fiance off at work this morning so we could leave right from there this afternoon. Decided to fish a pond that is pretty close to her job afterwards for a few hours. Didn't get onto the water until about 8:30. Fished around a cove and when I got to the back end of it, I cast my spinnerbait into about 6" of water. It landed and I just saw a big swirl right next to where my lure went in. Felt the tug, set the hook and brought the bad boy in. Tipped the scales at 5 pounds even, my biggest fish and first 5 pounder!

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4 Day Weekend

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1574
Island Pond, Stoddard,NH
8/19/2010 - 8/23/2010

I haven't made a trip in awhile, mostly because I haven't caught anything special in awhile. Nothing spectacular in this one, but I did get out 4 days in a row all over the place, between MA and NH. Got to check out a few new spots and give some other spots another go. Thursday evening met up with Rudedog at the Nashua River in Groton, fished near the boat launch as we only had a few hours. Ended up with a few small bass, lunker was probably 1.5-1 3/4. My biggest was only about 14" but it was really fat. Healthy fish in that river! Friday morning got up early and headed to NH to fish some spots and relax for the weekend. Friday went to Powder Mill Pond in Greenfield, ended up with a nice 2 1/2 pounder on a senko near a stump. It got really windy and I was getting blown all over the place in my kayak, so I called it a day around noon. Saturday fished the lake where we were staying at various times throughout the day, only caught a few dinks. I started throwing a black buzzbait around dusk and ended up with a pretty decent one, didn't weigh it, but probably around 2-2 1/4. Sunday made it to Highland Lake, which is a good sized lake a mile down the road from us. It was raining off and on and it was actually pretty cold, so I only fished til about 930. Ended up with 3-4 keepers, mostly on senkos in the pads again. Biggest was 2lbs 14 oz.

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Fishin' NH

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 8
Views: 1619
Island Pond, Stoddard,NH
7/16/2010 - 7/18/2010

Made it back up to the Granite State this weekend to Live Free. Friday night looked like rain, so we went to a brewery in Keene for dinner and beers, starting things out right. Didn't end up raining, so got back to the house and starting tossing a buzzbait off the dock. Had one on the first cast that spit it, then made up for it with 3 others shortly after, the biggest being 2 lbs 15 oz. Definitely starting things out right... Next day, went for a hike, came back, swam, caught a few average sized bass, another good one at night. Sunday, went to another pond about a half hour away, caught my first bass at 7:30 by a stump, 2 lbs. 7 oz. paddled down further and cast at a downed tree in the middle of a bay and a second later felt that familiar womp womp! I set the hook and I knew it was a good one, I was in my kayak, so that starting going all over the place, and the bass ended up diving into the branches of the tree. When I finally got the boat to a position where I could land the fish, I thought I had lost him, as the fish wrapped himself around the branches. I grabbed the line and felt him tug, so I knew it was ok, I saw the pig and reached down grabbed him. When I pulled it up, the hook was not attached and I was very relived to have him in the boat!! Ended up being my personal best so far...4 pounds 1 oz. Felt good to finally have a good bass in the boat, seems I've been stuck at 2 1/2 pounders for the whole season. Went back to the lake we were staying on, and caught a decent smallie in the middle of the day, then packed up and went home. Great Weekend!

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Summer Night

Avg. Rating: 4.857142857142899
# Reviews: 7
Views: 1406
Winchester, MA
6/25/2010

I think this was my first official trip of the summer. Made it out late night about 1130-1am, just throwing jitterbugs and a big black spinner bait. Ended up doing pretty well, probably 5 or 6 good sized bass. Most were probably in the 1-2 pound range, so I didn't bother taking pictures, but then had one at 2.8 and another at 2.14...A good night overall, and I managed not to hook myself this time!

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Granite State

Avg. Rating: 4.25
# Reviews: 4
Views: 1354
Island Pond, Stoddard,NH
6/18/2010 - 6/20/2010

My aunt and uncle have a place on a lake in southern NH They're retired and live in Tennessee, and were up north for a little bit this summer, so we made the weekend trip to visit and enjoy the awesome weather we had this weekend. The lake seems to be a pretty good spot, tons of pads, islands, coves and rocks all over the place. Didn't fish very hard because I don't get to see them much, but managed a few nice bass on worms, biggest at 2 lbs 4oz. They're heading back next weekend, but left us the keys, so I'll be able to get up there a few more times this year!

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