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Mansfield Hollow spring 2012

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Mansfield Hollow
5/5/2012 - 5/30/2012

After several days (May 5th, May 20th and May 30) I've decided Mansfield is to long a drive to go looking for pike. A couple of nice bass and 1 nice C-Pik, but NO PIKE. The lure has been the most productive that I've used in a while though. Large spinner blade, UV reflective orange (on one side) gold on the other, large orange beads, tipped with berkley 3" minnow. Also in silver with UV reflective green tip. On MAy 20th the C-Pik were hitting the lure so hard that it surprised me (every time) that they were not pike.

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My first trip to Salmon Cove

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Salmon Cove
4/15/2012

First trip to Salmon Cove, hoping for a pike or two or maybe a striper, but it was a nice day, and the first kayak trip of the year. Put in around 9:45 first fish around 10:40 and last fish around 1:15. Several ospreys in the area. No luck on the pike, but 2 LMB, 3 yellow perch, a good sized pumpkin seed, and a crappie.

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Anniversary at Bass River SP, NJ

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Lake Absegami, NJ
10/16/0 - 10/19/0

Week away for the 29th Anniversary with the wife. Spent Friday and Saturday in Lyndhurst. Went to Medieval Times for dinner with some friends and then, on Sunday, headed to Lake Absegami. Checked in and went to the cabin 1. Pretty cool location and the area is beautiful. Since I didn't have the canoe or kayak with me, I was limited to fishing from shore. Cabin 1 has a very weedy water front. If you go here to a cabin with shore fishing in mind get closer to cabin 6. During the normal season (Memorial day to Labor Day) there are boat rentals available. And if I had more time and knowledge I heard there were other rental places in the area, but didn't find out in time to make use of it. Caught a few small pickerel from the dam and from the area around cabin 6, but nothing else. One day we ventured out to find another place. We ended up on the road between the two dams at the lower end of Harrisville Pond/Lake. Caught nothing there either, but now that I am a little more familiar with the area and picked up some NJ F&W information I will by able to get around better. Southern NJ is an amazingly beautiful part of THE GARDEN STATE.

I will update the trip info as more comes to mind.

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first trip to Selden Cove

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Selden Cove
7/31/2011

Hoping for a pike or two, but not to be. Did come up with one small :-) catfish though. I have a new found respect for the power of a catfish! Wore me out. Medium rod, 10 lb braid. It didn't want to give up.

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Pachaug with the grandaughter
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Pachaug Pond
6/12/2011

Fishing from the rip-rap near the dam at the north end of Pachaug Pond with the Granddaughter between 2:00 and 4:00. Learned a good lesson, (I think).
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Memorial Day Monday (catching up)
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Hopeville Pond
5/30/2011

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Saturday June 4th, Pachaug Pond/River (catching up)
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Pachaug Pond
6/4/2011

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First Trip to Pachaug Pond for 2011
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Pachaug Pond
5/1/2011

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First Trip o' the season
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Mansfield Hollow
4/17/2011

Went up to Mansfield Hollow on Sunday (4/17) around 11:30AM to look for some pike. Windy, but not too cold. Water was high, and the Fenton River that feeds it from the north was running in pretty fast. Near the boat launch there is a culvert that allows access to small craft like canoes and yaks into the southern part of the lake. Thought about it when I got there but decided to stay to the north since it was my first time. Good thing, 'cause by the time I got back to the boat launch (around 3:30PM) you might have gotten a toy boat through that culvert, but not much else. Didn't catch anything, but I didn't see anyone else catch anything either.
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Pachaug one more time
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Pachaug Pond
11/13/2010

Sunny, relatively warm and calm, put in at the ramp at the north end. Fished while drifting/paddling all the way to the south end including around the island and into the Pachaug River inlet, and then trolled my way back to the north end.
Beautiful day for a yak cruise, but no fish!
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Pachaug with Deb & the canoe
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Pachaug Pond
10/11/2010

10/11: Told Deb (My Wife) I would take her out in the canoe so, today is the day. But first, had to wait for daughter to get home to keep an eye on the granddaughter, so I went to Friendly's for a little breakfast. Came home and loaded the canoe on the Jeep by myself. Wasn't sure I could, but it worked out OK. Loaded all the gear and headed out for Pachaug Pond. Had to stop at a small shop first to see about rental for Deb's cake shop. Then up RT 12 to Pachaug with a short stop at McD's for a pee break. Not for me! There is no way she would use the port-o-potty at the boat ramp. Finally got to the ramp off of RT 138 at around 10:30. Headed south, had originally planned on going all the way to the south end, but was not to be. After an hour or so she-who-must-be-obeyed had to pee again, and of course it can't wait!

She had to take the Jeep in to get the brakes checked at Goodyear at 3:00 anyway, so she left me to fish and practice handling the canoe by myself and she would come back to pick me up at around 5:00.

That turned out to be the big issue of the day. After drifting south most of the way along the west edge to the mid-point of the pond, the wind picked up and shifted from the west to the northwest. I tried to turn the canoe around and head back to the west side, but the wind would hear none of it. I ended up about as far to the east as I could have been and still be in the water. I ended up paddling backwards, using the wind to keep the canoe straight. After what seemed like days I finally made it back to the west side and into some shelter. No SEA-TOW required. I was able to paddle back north again where I did end up catching 1 small yellow perch. That was it for the day. No bass, no white perch, no pickerel, no pike, no sun fish, nothing! Except one hell of a work out and a new respect of the low free-board/sail-area of a kayak!

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2nd trip to Hopeville Pond, 10-10-10 (perfect?)
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Hopeville Pond
10/10/2010

Made it all day this time except Dunc's screwed the coffee. Black-no-sugar means BLACK-NO-SUGAR. Instead I got cream! Went to the swimming beach to put in around 9:00 (give or take) instead of the boat ramp. Went northwest, almost to the dam. Caught one largemouth that had been injured. (see photo uploaded earlier) Then drifted back toward the beach untill I got into the little 'bay' on the south side of the east/west leg of the pond. Hooked up my first pike, 3 inches short of a keeper, but now I can say I caught one! Nothing else all day, but the leaves are changing, making for a real nice day after the sun warmed thing up a bit.

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Red Cedar Lake Sunday PM
Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 2
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Red Cedar Lake
10/3/2010

Originaly planned on going to Gardner Lake, but it was to choppy for my liking. Walley some other time. Chilly, breezy over-cast day. Other than 2 bluegills, and 2 yellow perch, lots of pickerel. Several in the 17-18" range. Where did all the other fish go? All but 1 of the pickerel were caught on Blaze Rattle Baits (Aqua/Chartreuse Belly and Firetiger) in 6+ ft'. The other was caught on a Rebel floating minnow in 3'.

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First trip to Hopeville Pond
Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 2
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Hopeville Pond
10/3/2010

Chilly, breezy, over-cast day. Put in at the boat ramp at 8AM. Went north from the boat ramp. caught one small largemouth on the west side. Then continued north to a small inlet that is crossed by Hopeville Rd (Rt 201). nothing there. Had to cut the trip short because I had to return home to light the furnace. Headed back to the ramp and caught 1 small pickerel near a nesting platform on the east side north of the boat ramp. 1 small LMB and one small pikerel. left around 11:00AM to light the furnace.

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1st/2nd trip to Pachaug Pond

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
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Pachaug Pond
9/17/2010 - 9/19/2010

9/17 Had to pick up my wife at Bradley this morning. NO sense in going in for a 1/2 day when I get paid personal and vacation time to use. So... Left home around 1:00, put in around 1:30.
First trip, big lake, didn't cover much more than the narrow part of the north end. Caught one largemouth in the main channel that runs north to the dam and Pachaug River , threw it back. Drifted south to a series of buoys which, I believe, may be for water ski competition (anyone know for sure?) That's where I had my first run-in with a white perch, WOW (I thought it was a small carp until I came here and looked at some pics). Then paddled to the east between the shore and an island. Picked up a 3 yellow perch and a bluegill, threw 'em all back. Not interested. Then trolled back to the ramp catching nothing else on the way. After getting the yak out of the water around 5:30, I decided to stretch my legs a little and walked over to the east side of the ramp, where there is sort of a small inlet (sort of, except there is nothing being let in!) Wham, 2 lb largemouth, except I weighed it at home and it came up as 1#. Checked my scale with a 5# gym weight, checked out at 5# so I guess it really was a 1#'r.

9/19 Going to check out my new rod. Take out from Dunks. Put in around 7:30 and went straight to the place where I caught the yellow perch and the bluegill. Caught 1 smallmouth a released him, caught another on the floating minnow. Kept him, but broke off one of the treble hooks removing it. Flipped the treble hook so there were 2 points down and kept on fishing. Went around behind the island and then out the south side, catching nothing else. Tried a rattle trap (about 6"). Still hoping for a pike, but nothing. Went to the west side and came up with a bluegill and two crappies (kept one). Made my way back to the boat ramp and stumbled onto another school of white perch. Can't get over their fight, WOW. Kept throwing them back, hoping for a larger one, but then the power boat parade started and caught nothing else. Left around 4:20.
Before you comment about the wire leader in the pictures, I was just lazy! Trying out a new rod and looking for pike.

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Another Gardner Lake Kayaking Fan
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 1
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Gardner Lake
9/5/2010

I left home at about 6:30 headed for Gardner lake via Duncs (again). The bridge on Lake Road over Gardner Brook is closed for construction so I had to follow a detour. After trying to get there twice, thinking I had made a wrong turn, and instead of going all the way around the lake to the bridge/dam where I've launched the kayak in the past I stopped at the state boat ramp. Nobody was there launching but me. Went straight to Minnie Island where there is a deep spot on the northwest corner of the island (or so I thought). Jet skis beat me to it. As chilly as it was Saturday morning the jet skis were out at around 8:00 AM. Went north along the east side, shady and wind swept. Came up empty. Then proceeded north about 1.5 miles where I noticed some mono hanging in a tree and followed it up to what looked like a jitter bug lure. I forgot that I had my grandson's Shakespeare Spiderman fishing rod with a spinner hanging off the back of the kayak. When I slowed down for the "shinny object" in the tree the spinner apparently snagged and before I knew it, the little fishing rod was gone. Now I owe him a rod, but it will be a little better than the Shakespeare Spiderman Spincast combo. And maybe some day I will recover that old one as a memento. ALMOST lost all my gear trying to grab it before it went out of site, including my Nikon D50 and (for carp13) my cell phone!!

Continued north beyond the sand bar and still came up empty. Started coming down the west side paddling into the wind and then drifting back casting around. Picked up one small chain pickerel (9:30) on a spinner, dropped the hook and continued to catch a blue gill (decent sized 11:16) and several more little ones, and a bass (2 lb I think ) that I got right up to the side of the kayak, but before I could get the net he/she shook off the hook and went back to the depths (all on a bladed hard crank bait minnow, but since there is no proof I will claim it was a 7.5 lb'r). After no more action I pulled up the hook and continued south. Went into the weedy patch with the southerly facing inlet southwest of the sandbar and came up empty there as well.

Stopped south of the area where there is a series of 9 (or so) docks and a swimming area, came up with a couple small bass and a bluegill or two.

I continued south to the inlet west and a little south of Minnie Island. Experimented with combos. Thomas double spinner with the addition of a little piece of Berkley Gulp! Extruded Nightcrawler. Chain Pickerel! (2:01)
I replaced the Berkley Gulp! Extruded Nightcrawler with a Berkley Gulp! 3" Smelt, Large Mouth Bass (2:45)
Then I moved to the east back toward the boat ramp with that combo and another bass (3:42) a bluegill (maybe the biggest bluegill I've ever caught, 3:46), then another bass (3:50) then nothing else.

Pulled the kayak at around 4:30 PM, if you're keeping track of time that's 9 hrs on the lake) !!!

As it turns out the deep area I was heading for is actually on the north side of Minnie island, not the northwest corner. And I had originally headed out looking for some of those Gardner Lake Walleye, but would have like a few good sized yellow perch. But it would help if I used the right bait/tactic for walleye/perch. I did take pictures of the main ones listed here but I will not waste space since there was really nothing special about any of them.

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Another Takeout Breakfast

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
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8/29/2010

Got take out breakfast from Dunc's this time, 'cause Friendly's doesn't open 'till 7:00. Put in around 7:00 AM after taking some pics for boater41. Again headed directly to the north end. Tried a few new lures around The Rock and got nothing but weeds from the bottom. Then I put on my favorite lure and came up with a 2 lb largemouth. I threw him back cause if I kept him I would have to stop fishing and take him home and it was only about 8:30. Then the power boats started showing up, and I got nuten. Went back into the REAL weedy section north of the island. There are fish back there, but I just don't have the patience or skill or both to get 'em. Again I drifted with the wind and current and fished my way back to the boat "launch" (no ramp here). Came up empty except for the picture of the 2 lbr. I did get some pics of a red-shouldered hawk in flight, a blue heron, and a pair of ducks.

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Taftville Pond/Shetuckett River

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Taftville Pond/Shetuckett River
8/26/2010 - 8/27/2010

Day 1, I put in at the boat ramp on the east side of the river in Lisbon off of RT-169. Paddled across and then up stream. Caught nada until I switched bait to a Thomas 'Rough Rider' to which I had added the tail end of a Berkley Power Worm (just for kicks). Then between the big island and the Lisbon Incinerator power plant I literally snagged a blue gill. Right in the forehead, if they have foreheads. I guess the poor little guy got a little too curious about the odd looking intruder. I did see some huge fish (see day two) jumping clear of the water though.

Day 2, This time I put in right under the I-395 bridge (commuter lot between a 7-11 and a BP station on RT-97) and paddled up to the Occum Dam. I drifted back with the wind and current casting as I went. When I got to the inlet from a stream that comes from Versailles Pond (I've since been told that it is the "Little River"), I started getting hits so I threw in the anchor and played for a while. 6 wee smallmouths and a little later and further south, a perch. Guess which lure I was using (http://www.ctfishfinder.com/view_photo_details.php?id=19551&pid=20). Then I started seeing those "huge fish" jumping again. I finaly saw one, just as it was completely clear of the water. Do otters count? Then on the last cast that favorite lure took an air trip (the line snapped when I cast) and it was so dark I couldn't find it. Good thing I have a spare!!!

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Take out breakfast
Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
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Lake Williams
8/14/2010

Got take out breakfast from Friendly's, headed straight for Williams Lake. Got in the water between 7:30 and 8:00 and headed straight to the north end. Caught one yellow perch, and then headed toward a small rock formation. Picked up a pickerel, then 2 small bass. For the benefit of "diggadave24" I threw 'm all back. The first power boat showed itself at about 8:30 so I went back into the weeds where they can't go. Came up empty except for a sunburn (I made the mistake of wearing shorts instead of long jeans, that won't happen again). Also left the scale at home, where I cleaned the 5 lb'r. That won't happen again either.

I did "lose" my 2x horse shoe anchor though. Gives me a good reason to go back and recover it.

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