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Night Fishing

Avg. Rating: 4.6
# Reviews: 10
Views: 1346
Winchester, MA
5/30/2010

My fiance passed out early, so I decided to go hit a local spot for some jitterbug action. Fished for about an hour from 11-12pm, caught 4 bass and myself. Never hooked myself before, but it wasn't all that fun. The hooks come out easier from a fishes mouth than my finger!

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Hag 2

Avg. Rating: 4.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
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Haggett's Pond
5/13/2010

Met Kman up at Haggett's 6 am. I let him catch most of the big ones because it was his boat, and he got the front seat, but I managed a few good ones of my own. Caught most of them on worms in the main part of the lake, but a few nice ones back in pads, after an interesting portaging experience thanks to a busy beaver! I broke 2 cameras this year somehow (well I know one I dropped in the water, and the other is still a mystery) so I was using a borrowed camera with explicit instructions to not break this one or drop it in the water, or else! Must have had something wrong on the settings, because all the pics look blue!

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Hag

Avg. Rating: 4.833333333333299
# Reviews: 6
Views: 1941
Haggett's Pond
5/7/2010

Made it out to Haggett's Pond in Andover Friday morning. On the water by 6, and it just felt like it was going to be a good day. About 6:30 got my first bite, then he stuck his out of the water and spit the spinner bait back at me. Turns out it helps to set the hook when the drag isn't all the way out...About 15 minutes later, with the reel set properly, got another bite, this time landed it. 3lbs 10oz...biggest of the season so far. Fished around a few islands and a few coves, then made it to the back corner where the lily pads are already growing in pretty thick (maybe they're year round?). It seemed like every hole in the pads had a big bass in it, so I spent the next few hours working this section of the lake, and ended up with 8 more bass. Left that area because the wind picked up and ended up getting one more big one, 2 lbs 7oz on a lipless crankbait. At this point the wind was going nuts, blowing waves over my kayak, so I decided to call it around 10:30 and paddle back. Ended up with 10 bass, 6 over 2lbs, so I would say that was a good morning!

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Cold Front Bass

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 1291
Winchester, MA
4/10/2010

This is the follow up story to my previous "Heat Wave Bass" entry. Saturday morning I woke up and it was freezing again, haha. Went to the Aberjona to see if anything was going on down there, but no luck, just some cold hands and me wishing that I wore another layer. Went over to my other spot, and the bite was on. It was cool and the wind was blowing, once again I wished that I had worn a few extra layers, at least a wind stopper. Started at one of my better spots at the pond, and then worked around the shore, which was the opposite shore that I usually fish, so it was good. Ended up having a really good day and caught a bunch of fish by about 11am. I had the goal of catching a fish on a drop shot, so I tried that out, caught a decent bass, then proceeded to cast my setup into a tree and lost the whole thing. I didn't have any more of the proper sinkers, so I gave up on that, but at least I knew it worked. I also had a buzz bait and a lipless orange crankbait (see pics) tied on different poles. There are a ton of orange/brownish colored crayfish in this pond, so the crankbait was killing it. I caught 2 of the biggest perch I've ever caught, a bunch of good large mouth, averaging about 2-2 1/2 pounds, and one smallie. I think in total I caught 12 fish, so for a few hours work, and using basically one lure, I would say thats a good day!

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Heat Wave Bass

Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 1189
Winchester, MA
4/7/2010

Today was way too hot for April, I'm not used to this 80 degree stuff yet haha. Finally found a day to get out and do some fishing. Ended up doing pretty well, 2 good sized bass about 2 lbs. each-one on a bass colored rapala x rap jerk bait (which has some crazy life-like fish action, if you've never seen it!) and the other on a chartreuse and white spinner.

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One last hurrah

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1334
Round Lake
3/6/2010 - 3/7/2010

A wise man once told me to "go west young man" and with temperatures climbing into the 50's in the greater Boston area, and my need to fish still strong, I decided to head back home to New York for one last trip on the hard water before the wait for ice out. Made it back in Friday night, proceeded to drink too much, and wish that I didn't set my alarm for 5 am Saturday morning. Anyways, loaded up the car with our gear and headed up to the spot. The lake is 20 minutes from where I grew up and for whatever, I never really fished it before, which seems to have been a mistake judging by the success of the day. We trudged across the ice to a spot where there is a channel connecting the lake to another smaller lake and set up our tip ups. Then cracked beers. Within a short amount of time, my buddy iced a big bass, probably close to 3 1/2 pounds. That set the tone for rest of the day, between my Dad, my buddy and I, we probably caught 10-15 bass, averaging around 3lbs, the biggest being 5lbs even.

I woke up the next morning, remembered that between 2 of us, we killed a 30 pack, and wished I hadn't done that. Rolled out of bed anyway at 5am and loaded up for another day. We tried to get onto another lake, but found it to be closed to fishing, something they must have just done. We decided to head back up to the spot from Saturday, and proceeded to have another solid day of fishing at the same spot. A 5 1/2 pounder and a few more lunkers today in half the time, made it a solid ending to the ice fishing season for me.

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Saturday on the ice

Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1662
Lake Cochichewick
2/20/2010

Made it out Saturday pretty early. decided to walk out of the shallow bay where everyone fishes and set up in the next bay on the east side of the lake. I thought it was actually the next bay up the lake, but I got them mixed up on the map and realized the bay I wanted to go to was another 10-15 minute walk away (not ideal after walking 15 mins to get to the spot I was at). We decided to drill a few holes, then after an hour of no flags and 2 small perch jigging, we ended up walking up to the bay I originally wanted to fish. I reset all my tip ups and drilled new holes, only to have 1 flag in the next 2 or 3 hours, and I missed the fish! We decided to pack up that spot and go back to the bay where we came in on and fish there until we left. Probably should have stayed there the whole time, as we caught a few nice perch and I finally caught a few bass through ice on a Rapala jig. Haven't been having the greatest of luck on the hard water this year, but its still good to get out, and its good exercise when you walk half way around a big lake when there is 3" of sloppy snow on top of the ice, haha.

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Snow day (mis)adventures

Avg. Rating: 4.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1899
Dark Hollow Pond
2/10/2010

So when we had that 'big' storm last week, I had the day off from work, anticipating lots of snow and wind, making siding a house more difficult. So I decided to go out early, before it got too bad outside. Get to the baitshop around 6:15, and the only shiners he had were big enough to catch sharks with. Great. I just want a few nice bass, and the way this season has been going, the bait was bigger than most of the fish I have caught.

I decided to go one of the closest places to my house, Dark Hollow Pond, in the Middlesex Fells, figuring if the weather got too bad, I could just shoot home. So I park at the Sheepfold, get the stuff out of my car and onto my sled for hike into the pond. About 15 feet into my hike, the sled tipped over and most of the water poured out of my minnow bucket, leaving these behemoths flopping around. Great. So I scrapped the sled and decided to just hoof it. Having only been there once, and many trail options to navigate, I end up walking probably a mile past the pond and realize I'm all turned around in the middle of the woods.

Eventually I find the pond and everything was good, except the minnows weren't looking good, a bunch of them died and few more of them were on their last leg. As for the fishing, I had a fairly active day chasing after flags on the small pond. No bass, but a decent pickerel (that I wanted to take a picture of and realized I forgot my memory card), a crappie and 2 catfish. Who catches catfish ice fishing? A weird day to say the least...

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Another day, another perch...

Avg. Rating: 3.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1976
Lake Cochichewick
2/7/2010

The hard water has been slow for me this year. Granted I haven't been out as many times as I would have liked, and I've been trying lakes I haven't fished before. It's still cold out there...Sunday was no different. Had tip ups in the water by quarter of 7 and had 1 flag until I left at noon. Slowwww. I brought 1 beer to drink with my lunch, and it froze. My water bottle froze, my holes kept freezing over...I guess its better off that I didn't catch anything big, because it probably wouldn't have fit through the hole after a few hours. I managed one big perch that had a huge crayfish in it's stomach and a small sunfish fry. I tried taking some pictures, but I've been using my fiance's old camera that I don't really like that much and I haven't figured it out yet, so the pics are blurry or look like they're taken on the sun. Hopefully I'll hook into some fish and figure out the camera next time...

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Ideal day...

Avg. Rating: 4.2857142857143
# Reviews: 7
Views: 2221
Lake Cochichewick
1/16/2010

Had a few buddies out for my bday, so we decided to hit the hardwater Saturday morning. I've been hearing good stuff about Lake Cochichewick, so we decided head up there. Loaded up beers, bait and gear and hit the road. It was a blue bird day on the water, no clouds, sunny and warm enough to not really need gloves or a jacket most of the day. Got the flags set up, drank a few beers. Got the jig pole out, drank a few beers. Checked the flags, drank a few beers. In the end, not a terribly productive day, 2 fish on the tip ups and a bunch of pan fish, but I did catch a good buzz. Just one of those days...

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Opening day

Avg. Rating: 4.857142857142899
# Reviews: 7
Views: 1762
Cape Pond, Gloucester, MA
1/3/2010

Having grown up in Upstate New York, I never really thought of 4" of powder an issue. Apparently I was mistaken, however. I guess that's what happens when you have guys in pick up trucks plowing the roads instead of big DPW plows. Anyways, after getting stuck behind several plows and poor drivers, I made the 45 minute trek to Gloucester in an hour and a half. I parked and made the half mile snowshoe hike in to the water. Luckily the fish made up for it...I was on the ice by 8:15, first two flags by 9, then a pretty constant day of checking flags and landing fish. The snow was blowing with the 30mph wind gusts and it was pretty gross outside, but 9 flags and 9 big pickerel sounds like a successful day to me, and I left at 11:30.

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Slow Day

Avg. Rating: 4.2
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1642
Little Farm Pond
11/8/0

Made it out Sunday morning before football, for a few hours. Seems the bite has slowed wayyyy down, almost gone. Started the day at Farrar Pond, an annoying wind and no bites in 2 hours had me thinking it was time to change locations. Went out to Little Farm Pond in Sherborn, and finally caught one on a jig and pig near the weedline. It was a pretty good one; it weighed 1.2 kg. Somehow I managed to change my scale from pounds and ounces to kilograms. Not sure how this happened since there are only 2 buttons on the thing, one is a tare and the other is a memory. Finally figured out how to change it back and found that the fish was just over 2.5 lbs. Later on, I saw a bunch of minnows jumping, so I figured something was chasing them, and I saw a little bass dart out. I threw a spinner in that direction and caught a small bass, probably 8 or 10". Bring on the ice!

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Fall Bass

Avg. Rating: 4.8
# Reviews: 5
Views: 2385
Lincoln, MA
10/26/2009

I have a tendency to look at maps a lot, probably too much; specifically at lakes. Often I will drive by a body of water and don't know what it is, but as soon as I get home I have to research it. I try to find if there is public access, boat access, shore fishing, would it be good for ice fishing: whatever I can about different spots. This has led me on a few wild goose chases, but today seemed to work out. Recently I fished the Sudbury River near Fairhaven Bay and on the way to the access spot, I drove by a pond off 117 in Lincoln. It looked like a good sized pond, and when I got home, found out that it was a lot bigger than it looked. It's called Farrar Pond, by the way. So this morning was raining and I was debating whether to go out or not, but I ended up sucking it up, putting on the rain gear and hitting the water. The pond I found to be kind of weird. There is tons of structure all over the place: trees, stumps, weeds, lily pads, even a few docks. A majority of the lake seemed to be pretty shallow. With all this structure, I thought I would be slamming bass all morning, but the only place I actually caught any was in the lily pads on swim senkos. Only put 3 bass in the boat, but the smallest was 2 1/4 lbs. so I would say it was worth getting rained on for a few hours. The last fish I caught I believe was a PR, 4 lbs and probably 19" or 20"! So I would say it was a successful day!

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Snow day?

Avg. Rating: 4.4444444444444
# Reviews: 9
Views: 1914
Winchester, MA
10/16/2009

Woke up this morning and it was snowing! weird. Had the day off because we were working outside and it was supposed to be crappy out all day. Figured I'd try my luck at a local spot. It was a good day overall, only caught 3 fish, but all were good size. The cold water fish bite is hot right now, as I had a few big pickerel hit my rebel crawfish today, along with the few I caught yesterday and even a decent one on the Sudbury River earlier in the week. Didn't end up catching any, but that was ok, they're slimy, with sharp teeth and jumpy personalities. I did, however, get a few good sized smallies. One on a Mepps spinner, and two others on a deep diving crank bait. I was dressed for ice fishing in October, hopefully this weather will change for a little bit, although I am looking forward to hitting the hard water.

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Cape Pond

Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 8
Views: 3594
Cape Pond, Gloucester, MA
10/15/2009

Looked on the map and found a few freshwater ponds out in the Cape Ann/Gloucester area. Parked off Eastern Ave/MA - 127 and hiked in to this reservoir. When I got to the lake, it looked tough, not much access to throw casts, and fairly shallow as far as I could see. There were a few patches of lily pads here and there. Went looking for bass, but ended up hitting a few good pickerel instead, mainly in coves with small lily pad sections in the middle. Ended up with 2: one about 20" and the other about 24". Those big picks are a good time, so I can't complain that I didn't catch any bass over 6".

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Sunday Funday

Avg. Rating: 3.8
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1398
Spy Pond
10/11/2009

Made it out to Spy Pond Arlington to find that all the weeds are gone. Last few times I've been out there, the lake was full of weeds. I heard they blasted it with herbicides in the summer, which seems to have made the fishing pretty crappy. Why would they ever do that?? Doesn't make much sense if you ask me, but no one asked me I suppose...

Anyways...The fishing was slow all day, the only fish we caught were over a rock pile on the route 2 side and a few small ones near a few trees along the shoreline. Most of the fish we caught were about 8", and the biggest being about 15". I think I might be done with this spot, wasn't very productive, and haven't had much luck the other 2 or 3 times I've been here this year. I did however make it home just in time to watch the Sox and Pats both lose this afternoon, so that capped off the day nicely....

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New York Weekend

Avg. Rating: 4.3333333333333
# Reviews: 6
Views: 2353
Mohawk River - Lock 7 and Cohoes Falls
10/3/2009 - 10/4/2009

Went back home to the Albany, NY area this past weekend for a wild weekend of brews, fishing, and rain. Finally made it out fishing Saturday afternoon, after lunch at a local brewery. We went to a good spot for smallmouth near a power plant on the Mohawk River, with the intention of staying late and trying to catch some carp later on. No luck with the bass, but we weren't really trying too hard. Once it started to get dark, we started a fire, dipped into the cooler, and set up the carp rods. After awhile, we had a bite, and I got one. About 8 pounds, not bad! My buddy got one a little bit later, which ended up being the biggest of the night 11 or 12 lbs. It was supposed to rain all night, so we set up a tarp tent. Finally the rain came in buckets, really gnarly. The tarp blew over, we pulled the rods in, and ended up sitting in chairs with the tarp sitting on our heads drinking beer until the rain stopped. We put the lines back in the water and my other buddy ended up catching one more carp, so we all ended up with one. The next morning we weren't feeling so hot, but decided to try our luck for some smallies again. Only had about an hour, but ended up with a decent one.

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Little Farm Pond

Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 2829
Little Farm Pond
9/29/2009

This past weekend we went up to the LL Bean store in Freeport to pick up kayaks, racks, oars, the whole set up. Ended up with a 10' Manatee Angler's Edition (rod holders,anchor, etc.) at a pretty reasonable price. Today I got out of work early so it seemed as good a time as any to take the boat on its maiden voyage. I chose Little Farm Pond in Sherborn, as I've fished there before and had decent luck, although the first time I fished there this year it was small pickerel city. Today however was a different story. I fished from about 3pm to 6pm using only senkos and a chartreuse spinner bait with two colorado blades. Had pretty steady action for most of the afternoon, catching bass anywhere from 8" to 18", averaging about 13 or 14". Throw in two or three pickerel and I think I ended up catching about 14 fish. Caught most of the bigger bass on the spinner along the weedlines and a few smaller ones in the shallow lily pad beds. The weather was nice and the fish were biting, can't ask for much more

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Fat hawg friday

Avg. Rating: 4.2
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1572
Winchester, MA
9/18/2009

I guess the title might be a little misleading, as the biggest fish I caught today was about 16". I did get 2 about the same size, however, so I'm happy with the day. Today was interesting because I lost the same lure twice and retrieved it both times. This pond has lots of trees around the shoreline, both in the water and above, making it somewhat tricky to cast. The first time I got the lure stuck, it was in a pine tree that wouldn't let go, so I climbed up to the branch the it was on and hand over hand climbed out over the water, broke off the small part of the branch that had my lure with my feet, and brought it back to shore. Perhaps it was the few brews I had at lunch today, or it may be the fact that the lure was just out of reach and that I lost 3 different lures at the same spot a few days before, but I felt the army climb to rescue it was the best way to go and it worked out. The second time wasn't as exciting: it snapped off and was free floating, so I tied on a new lure and caught it! lucky cast I guess. In between all this excitement, I managed to catch a few bass, large and small mouth, a perch and 2 blue gills. The bass were pretty average, the smallest around 12" and the largest around 16-17", so all in all I would say a good day!

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Pawtuckaway Lake (NH)

Avg. Rating: 4.8
# Reviews: 5
Views: 3949
Pawtuckaway Lake
9/11/2009 - 9/13/2009

What a weekend! Started out Friday evening after work, met up with my fiance, Lynn, and started heading up to New Hampshire. The first stop was Market Basket in Salem, for cheap beer and food. If you haven't been to Market Basket in NH, you ought to, just for the beer specials (no tax or deposit or either). We then drove straight up to Pawtuckaway State Park, a short drive (1.5 hr) from the Boston Area. Our campsite was right on the water, and I was getting antsy to get a line in the water.

Setting up and cooking friday night, and a short hike in between rain storms Saturday morning, didn't allow me to get a license and get to the water until Saturday afternoon. Despite the huge lake nearby, I decided to start at a small pond off the main road through the park. No luck in the main part of the pond, and the rain started to come down again, pretty hard this time. I crossed the street and tried a small pool at the mouth of the stream that went from the pond to the big lake. It was raining pretty hard, and I had some time to kill before my ride back to the site was coming, so thought I'd just practice casting the baitcaster at different structure in the pool, not expecting any bites. Midway through singing the chorus of King of Pain by The Police (I stood here before in the pouring rain...), Bam! Big bass. About 18". After that I was glad I spent the 15$ for a 1day fishing license.

Next day, we went and rented a canoe and started to paddle around. Found a good shoreline and caught another big bass, about the same size as the day before, on a spinner bait. Lynn had mentioned wanting to try fishing, as its all I've been talking about lately, so I gave her my old push button rod and tied on a spinner bait. I caught a few more good bass and Lynn got the hang of casting. A few minutes I hear "I think i got a bite, what do I do??" I told her to reel it in and she got it to the boat. It was a decent size, about 13.5". Not bad for a first fish! A few minutes later she hooked into another one even bigger, just under 17", and I caught a few more and we called it a day. Lynn was pretty excited, we defintely had a good day. I would highly recommend heading up there; it's close, clean, the sites are awesome and the fishing seems to be pretty good as well.

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The fire tiger earns it's stripes

Avg. Rating: 4.3636363636364
# Reviews: 11
Views: 1738
Winchester, MA
9/9/2009

Alright, that title was kinda lame, but I couldn't resist, haha. Tried a new pond that is fairly close to where I live, and will definitely be going back there! I heard it was good for smallies, so I tied on the Rebel crawfish and caught two little guys right off the bat. The shore line is not exactly conducive to fishing, so when there is a break in the trees and bushes, you have to take advantage. I found a spot under a big tree and cast it out. About 3 feet from shore, something big hit the little crayfish and then spit it, so I cast it out a little further (after the jitters of missing a big fish calmed down) and reeled in again. Luckily the big guy hit again, but this time the hook set and I got him in, about 17". After another few small fish, I got the "Where are you call?" from the lady, so decided to take one more cast, after tying on a fire tiger jointed rapala. I was at a shallow spot with trees all over, so I cast it towards one of them and let it sit. A few seconds later, I saw the water explode and I set the hook. After a nice fight, I brought in a 18" largemouth, and a guy mountain biking through the woods at just the right time was nice enough to take my picture!

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Way to start out the weekend...

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# Reviews: 6
Views: 1366
Spot Pond, Upper Mystic
9/5/2009

Had some friends coming into town later on in the day, so I figured I could sneak out for some fishing early. I was at Spot Pond by 6am, but still can't really catch any fish there...it kinda makes me feel bad about myself, haha. I've tried tons of different stuff there, but those fish don't want to bite. So it was off to the Upper Mystic, hopefully for some better luck. That turned out to be a a good choice, as I had 2 big boys within 20 mins out of the same hole, 18 and 18.5"... I should probably get a scale one of these days, as I really don't know how much they ever weigh...I only get the length...a good morning none the less!

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Mill Pond Reservoir

Avg. Rating: 3.5714285714285996
# Reviews: 7
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Mill Pond Reservoir, Burlington,MA
9/1/2009

Went fishing after work today from about 4-5:30. Looking at the local map, I found Mill Pond Reservoir in Burlington and thought it looked like a decent sized pond that might have some fish in it. After driving around for awhile, I finally found some access to it and found decent spots to fish. There was a small island that came out from the south end of the shore, the east side was shallow and the west side was deeper. I wish I had some more time to fish both sides, but I only ended up on the deeper side. I threw 3 different lures and caught 3 different fish on each: a small bass (about 10-12") on a shad rap, a decent pickerel (about 15") and a little blue gill on a rebel popper. All in all, not a bad hour of fishing, I wouldn't mind going back to fish the rest of the shoreline.

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Quabbin

Avg. Rating: 3.8888888888889
# Reviews: 9
Views: 2427
Quabbin Reservoir
8/26/2009

A paid day off from work sounds like fishing to me, so I called up one of my buddies from back home (NY) and we decided to meet half way - at the Quabbin Reservoir. I have been excited for this spot for some time now, and I barely slept last night (somewhat due to excitement, and somewhat to do with the fact that to be at the boat launch when it opens at 6am, I would have to wake up at 3:30am). Unfortunately, it was a very, very slow day for us. We entered at gate 43 in Hardwick, and went north, fishing most of the bays and islands along the west shoreline. We exhausted our tackle boxes today, worms/plastics, spinners, crankbaits, topwaters, and all we could muster were a few smalll smallies, 1 decent largemouth, a sunfish and a rock bass. The total length of the 3 fish I caught today would probably equal one of my bigger ones this year. It was pretty hot today though,and the past 2 weeks, so I was thinking the bigger guys were out deeper, where I don't have much experience. This was also the first time I have fished here and it was the biggest lake I've ever fished; it's a little intimidating. Any tips are greatly appreciated...haha, better luck next time, I suppose.

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