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Changing it Up at Chauncy

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
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Lake Chauncy
6/29/2016

I HAVE been getting out up north lately, and have been catching quality bass as well. As usual for this time of year however, I'm so busy running back and forth between NH and work that I haven't had time to post.
In the meantime, I have been searching for a good "bass hole" to hit up after work. Whitehall is to busy this time of year, the Sud seems to have become a moving mudhole, and you couldn't pay me to go near Walden this time of year.
Chauncy is there however, so I decided to follow up on my trip last year and see what that has to offer. As it turns out, a lot!
I started out my afternoon trip tangling with pickerel. I hooked about 5, and managed to land three. 1-1.5 pounds I'd say was the average, but one that let be right as I was hauling him up looked to be pushing 2!
Someone started tubing around the lake though which seemed to kill that off though. I kept tossing my texas rig around and got a small bass out a little deeper.
I moved up the shore a but more and saw some splashes at the surface near where some other guys were fishing. I kept my distance from them, so I tossed a texas rig at the corner of a large weedbed and BAM, a nice bass about 2 3/4-3 hit it!
I hung around that area and fished until it got dark, during that time, something that felt kinda small whacked my texas rig. Turned out to be a decent size Hornpout!

Might need to make this a regular weekday stop from now on.

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Mixed Bag on Manning

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 2143
Manning Lake, Gilamnton NH
6/1/2016 - 6/2/2016

I had a few days off from work this week, so I went up north to do my usual thing with the smallmouth. Spent my midweek "weekend" splashing senkos around the rock pile. Thought the persistent wind tried to ruin me, I managed to pull in about 8 fish this time, most over two pounds. This time a few quality largemouth even joined in on the action! All in all, a good trip.

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My first Lakers and Salmon!

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 3128
Wachusett Resevoir
4/2/2016 - 4/15/2016

As some of you may know, finding Lake trout has been a small quest/ unhealthy obsession of mine for the past few years. Normally this means insane adventures up north during the ice fishing season, but since that was a bust this year I finally decided to pull the trigger on fishing at the Wachusett Reservoir. So for the past few weeks, fishing there in the afternoon has basically been my second job of sorts. Dad also has been coming along each day. We started off catching only a few small salmon on the more northerly side of things. Then last week, Dad drew first blood on a laker a bit more to the south! encouraged, we moved in that direction and have been fishing along that side for the past few nights. Dad caught another decent fish, but I kept getting skunked, and increasingly frustrated.

That all changed tonight.

Tonight started off like any other, we showed up around 4:30 or so and started tossing (and losing) a few spoons. As the sun went down, I had lost all but my 3/4 oz little cleo to the snags. I made a short cast, absent minded, and started reeling and BAM a chunky fish hit the lure! About a min or so later, I had landed my first lake trout ever, a 20 inch 3 pounder! Ecstatic, I cast again after securing that fish, While I did that, Dad's rod started bending and he pulled up a small laker as well. After tossing that one back, I cast out and SLAM, my rod really bent and something hefty made its prescence known! After fighting it for a couple minutes, during which my reel seat almost came apart (note to self, replace cheap ass rod) I hauled in a 5 pound 22 inch Laker!

Three fish in about 15 minutes. Not a bad nights work. If you want know the exact location, weeellll.....

If you helped me find spots earlier this month (I think you guys all know who you are) PM me and I'll let you in on some details. As for the rest of yall, good hunting!

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Back to Walden

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 2722
Walden Pond, Concord MA
12/12/2015

I went back to Walden Pond this morning with my Dad. Started off fishing in that same corner where I had all the action on Wednesday. Bite was a tad slower today, but I still managed to catch another rainbow!

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On Walden Pond

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 3015
Walden Pond, Concord MA
12/9/2015

Since it looks like it's going to be awhile until we get any decent ice fishing this year (if any), I decided I might try my hand at some late season Trout. Since Wachusett is closed for the year, I took a trip over to Walden Pond, hearing that it had recently been stocked. I stuck with a basic Powerbait rig and waited patiently. I had more than few hits, but only managed to land one fish. I'll definitely be hitting this spot again!

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Adventures on Fairhaven Bay (Our First Pike!)

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 4230
Sudbury River, Lincoln MA
9/3/2015 - 9/24/2015

I may have been quiet on the site these past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been getting out there. Truth be told, not a lot has happened fishing wise since my June smallmouth bass crusades. Our Striper trip to Long Island sound was somewhat uneventful (we caught a few nice Blues and one short Striper), and I spent most of July and August stuck at work. Late last month however, in desperate search of new Bass territory, I followed up friend’s reports and started hitting the Sudbury River with my Dad.
Fishing from our Kayaks, we happened to stumble our way into Fairhaven. While casting around for Bass, Dad suddenly shouts “Hey, I think I got a fish.” He reels it in a little more, and suddenly his Bass rod bends over like a yoga instructor! After fighting this large mystery fish for a few minutes, a Northern Pike comes boiling out of the water on the end of his line! Turns out he snagged it just above the eye while tossing around his trout size Acme Phoebe. After fighting the fish for a few more minutes after that, I work the jaws of my grippers around the fish’s lower jaw. And just like that, Dad catches his first Northern Pike, on a trout lure using 8 pound mono test with no leader.
Energized (for obvious reasons) I headed back to Fairhaven the next night with a few surface lures and crankbaits hoping the fishing gods might be half as kind to me. My efforts that night would only land a few small Bass and a black crappie of all things. At one point however, I did tangle with a decent pickerel (which was characteristically able to torque itself of the Heddon Torpedo), and what may have been a small Northern.
Moving on to last Sunday, Dad Myself and our friend Tim headed out to Fairhaven hoping for more action. This time, we all pulled up one bass, mine being 1.5 pounds (on a Heddon Super Spook Jr.) Dad’s being 3 pounds (on a Salmon wobbler of all things). I also somehow managed to pull in another Black Crappie, this time on a Crème worm.
Fast forward to today, this did not get off to a hot start. I woke up late, not getting to the river until 9am. I threw the whole gamut of hard lures, pulling in another small Bass in the process. After much frustration cleaning the weeds of the lures, I switched to the soft plastics. Out of complete frustration, I tied on 5 inch black Yamasenko on a worm hook figuring “what the hell, it works up north.” As the increasing wind pulled me up river back toward the launch, I was about to throw I the towel when I figures I might as well fish my way back to the launch.
Not far from the bay, my rod suddenly won’t come back up with my hand, and starts moving all of its own accord. My first thought was “Oh great another rooaaawww JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE HELLL IS THAT @#$%ING THING?!?!?” This is what thoughts turn to when torpedoes with fins suddenly leap out of the water. One massive splash and power run later, and I knew I had a pike. Since I had the fortune to have 12 pound test instead of 8, I was able to dictate the terms of the fight a little bit more. This still meant letting the fish make long runs and pulling it back to tire it out, Eventually I was able to wrangle it’s head above surface and work the grippers around the jaw.

One 35 inch 6.5 pound pike in the books! My first Northern and so far one of my best freshwater fish period.

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Chancing it at Chauncy

Avg. Rating: 4.4
# Reviews: 5
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Lake Chauncy
5/23/2015

Hoping to find that big slob again (but this time with my scale in hand), I set out for Whitehall early yesterday morning. I should have known something was wrong when I got close to the boat ramp and there were three trailered bass boats close behind. When I pulled into the lot, several boats were already there, with more on their way. Turns out someone decided this was a good time for a fishing tournament on Whitehall. With the wind already presenting challenges, I decided I should put my kayak in elsewhere. After some searching, I eventually ended up at Chauncy Lake. The wind still made working the shore tricky, and damn was it cold. But I did manage to catch some decent Pickerel and little dink Bass. I'll have to try this spot earlier in the morning, or in the late afternoon.

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I'm back (at Whitehall)!

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 1417
Whitehall Resevoir, Hopkinton MA.
5/18/2015

So, apparently there are pluses and minuses of getting a job working the hunting/fishing section of Dick's Sporting Goods. On the one hand, I get to talk about hunting and fishing all the time, which is nice. I also get to set up tons of parents and kids with their first fishing set ups, which is great. On the other hand, I don't have as much time to fish as I used to. Damn being a responsible productive adult ;p. Anyway, I was able to get some time in on Whitehall yesterday. Tried to shore fish in the morning (a waste of time) and brought the Kayak down in the afternoon. Not much action, but the one fish I did catch was a Monster. Probably my nicest MA bass so far. Quite a challenge on 8 pound test, which was gathering weeds as the fish blitzed around. Finally managed to haul it over the side after it tired out.

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Whitehall Trip (First Fish of 2015)

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 6
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Whitehall Resevoir
1/15/2015

Finally had the time to do some proper ice fishing on my own today. I decided to head to Whitehall, a water body I have been meaning to hit for some time. The day started of pretty slow, but slowly but surely, flags started popping. I eventually managed to put about 5 Chain pickerel on the ice, three on the tip ups, and two on my jigging rod. No bruisers yet, but apparently there is enough of a population there to keep looking! Live shiners were the ticket today.

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Gilmanton NH Fishing Chronicles

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 4576
Gilmanton NH
7/17/2014 - 7/20/2014

As promised, I went back up to Gilmanton to do some more fishing this weekend. While the bass bite was not nearly as active as last weekend, I did manage to pull in a few decent Sawyer Lake bass, and a random Hornpout! The real story comes from this morning, when I headed back to Shellcamp pond expecting to tangle with some Chain Pickerel. While I never saw any Pickerel, I pulled in two bass, the second of which was the biggest bass of my life! I’m definitely adding Shellcamp to the rotation from now on!

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Ossipee Lake 6/28/2014

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# Reviews: 4
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Ossipee Lake NH
6/28/2014

My folks and I headed up to NH last weekend to catch up with some old friends. Since their summer house is right on Ossipee Lake, I couldn’t resist the temptation to bring my Kayak and my fishing gear. For the abundance of Smallmouth Bass in the lake, I’d say it was a good idea. I went fishing on both Saturday and Sunday, but Saturday was the only day with any action. I first set out in the morning and managed to catch a nice 2.5 lb Smallmouth. Later in the evening, after the boat traffic had settled down, I headed out again and hooked into three more, but only managed to land one. Since I was fishing practically in my friend’s backyard, I will not be so forthcoming with the locations. Rest assured, there’s plenty of nice Smallmouth in that lake.

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First Kayak Trip of 2014

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 1300
Sawyer Lake Gilmanton NH
6/8/2014

I grabbed the kayak this morning to bring it down to MA, hopefully to be put to use against some stripers! In the meantime however, I had time to head out on Sawyer Lake to some of my preferred morning areas. I have to say that between the kayak and the new rod and reel, I’m in business! I managed to catch three bass, only one being of notable size, before the boat traffic and the blazing sun (note to self; bring water next time) obliged me to quit. The test run against the largemouth bass was successful! Now…on to the prize…

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Sawyer Lake 5/9/2014

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
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Sawyer Lake Gilmanton NH
5/9/2014

Like last year, I was able to get in a little bit of fishing while turkey hunting in NH this year. Unfortunately, weather conditions were not nearly as cooperative as they were last year, and only one day produced any fish. On the plus side, they were some really nice fish! I didn’t have my scale with me, or even any measuring tape, so the sizes are just rough guesses. Maybe if any of you guys have that same tackle box you can get a good idea of the sizes. Of note was the fact that I caught both fish on my new Abu Garcia Rod with a nice Shimano reel. I got it last Christmas and have been itching to test it out on some bigger bass. It came through with flying colors!

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Slow Day at Shellcamp

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 5
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Shellcamp Pond, Gilmanton NH
2/8/2014

I managed to sneak up to Shellcamp Pond in Gilmanton

over the weekend. Though the fishing was pretty slow, I did get two pickerel…and a funny and embarrassing story.
I got to the lake around 9:15 am. After drilling some holes through the mind bogglingly solid 2 feet of ice (gets old quick when all you have is a hand auger) and setting up about three of my 5 tip ups, a flag goes up! I run over, and pull in a smallish Chain Pickerel success! After that, the day was slow. One flag did go up twice, but no solid hookups were had. I almost pulled in a beefy something toward the middle of the day, but whatever it was (probably a medium size pickerel) it spit the hook just as I was getting it toward the surface, bummer. With the day was winding down and my bait supply depleted, I began to pull in the tip-ups with dead bait, and relocated one that still had live bait. While I was going through my stuff, I heard this strange “knock, knock, knock” behind me. I turn around, and my tip-up is shaking, but the flag won’t deploy….odd. Anyhow, I pull the tip-up out, and land my second pickerel. Upon further inspection, It appears that I had rigged the tip-up reel the wrong way, meaning that the flag wire was being pushed to the wrong side, and thus would not deploy. Who knows how many fish were on the end of the line throughout the day…

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Ice Fishing Class

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 2129
Shellcamp Pond, Gilmanton NH
2/1/2014

About a month ago, I saw that the Laconia Recreation Department was hosting one of NH Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” type ice fishing classes. I thought that sounded like fun, so I called my kid cousin (who lives up there) and asked if he wanted to go. He agreed. Last Friday, I loaded up the car and drove north. That Saturday, we went to the class which was at the Laconia recreation department. At the class, one of the instructors mentioned that later the class would be fishing on a local lake. When the instructor said “Shellcamp,” I almost fell out of my chair laughing. “That’s practically my home water” I said. At about 12:30, off to the lake we went.

When we got to the lake, the instructors handed out some tip-ups. After my cousin set up the first one, I set up one for myself about ten yards away. Not two minutes after I had set it, SPROING, up pops the flag. After letting the fish run with the bait and applying steady pressure on the line (don’t want to set the line with circle hook), I pulled up the first fish of the day, an okay sized chain pickerel.

After resetting the tip-up, I got to chatting with a guy from Alabama. After commenting that the instructors had drilled extra holes, I mentioned that I had several jigging rods in the car. I proceeded to give two of my rods to people I had never met before. While doing this, a kid still on the lake pulled up a beast of a pickerel! After a while, someone caught another okay sized pickerel on one of my jigging rods.

During this time, many people had been noticing that their bait kept oddly disappearing from their lines.

Towards the end of the day, we heard a shout coming from near shore. The aforementioned guy from Alabama had hooked into a fish on the tiny jigging rod I had lent to him, and whatever was on the end of the line was big, as evidenced by the torture being inflicted on the jigging rod. About a minute later, up comes this monster of a pickerel. It is probably one of the biggest I have ever seen out of that lake, at least 2.5 pounds. Upon further inspection (and dissection), we found that the pickerel had been having himself quite a day. We found No less than two golden shiners, and what appeared to be everyone’s missing bait, plus an old spoon lure. Just goes to show that greed truly is a deadly sin.

All in all, Saturday was a good day…

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Sawyer Lake 7/12-7/13/2013

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# Reviews: 3
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Sawyer Lake Gilmanton NH
7/12/2013 - 7/13/2013

I have been in Gettysburg PA for the last couple of days, so it has taken me awhile to post this trip. After the aggravation of July 4th weekend I headed up to NH one last time before taking off to Gettysburg with the family. This time around the water was much quieter, and the bass much more active as a result. The first night out I made one cast, felt the lure sink for ½ a second, and BAM, a 2 ½ pounder smacks it. Not 10 minutes later another 2 pounder gobbled up my lure. While at the damn, I talked for a bit with a friend of mine who lives in the area who has been fishing around quite a bit. We agreed to meet up on the damn the next night. When we got there the next night, the fishing was even better. I pulled up another two nice fish while he tangled with a 1 ½ pounder on his light rod. Another guy we knew also had some luck on a jitterbug later that night. Long story short, it was nice to have the lake back from the idiot vacationers.

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July 4th Weekend

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# Reviews: 3
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Sawyer Lake Gilmanton NH
7/6/2013

Since I once again ended up working on the 4th of July, I was not able to go fishing until I got up to Sawyer Lake that weekend. I don’t think I have ever seen the lake that crowded with idiots before. Not last 4th of July, not Memorial Day weekend, not even bike week. The idiots seemed to come up from the flatlands in great droves and untamed hordes. In short, it was annoying as hell. Still, even with of the drunken idiots on the swimming docks and @$$hole jet-skiers (I have reason to believe one of them ran over a loon and kept right on going), I did manage to catch a few fish. The first one was average for this lake, but the second one was approaching that 18in 3lbs mark. The fish do seem to be getting bigger around here. Here’s hoping the idiot vacationers find some way to wreck that as well. This last weekend was way better, my next post will be about that.

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Shellcamp Pond NH

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
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Shellcamp Pond, Gilmanton NH
5/10/2013

With the Turkey hunting up North still being slow, Dad and I decided to take the canoe out to an old favorite location of ours. Shellcamp Pond is largely the place where I learned how to fish, and the place where I learned what a Chain Pickerel was. Speaking of Pickerel, Sawyer Lake is one of the few lakes in NH that has none. Dad and I missed tangling with our favorite underrated game fish, so we headed to Shellcamp. We were not disappointed. We fought with sizable Pickerel all day and even a few Bass. I caught what is so far my biggest Pickerel in recent memory, a two pounder. Dad out fished me this time around, catching several pickerel and a bass.

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Turrkey Season Bass Fishing

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
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Sawyer Lake Gilmanton NH
5/3/2013 - 5/6/2013

As some of you may know, in addition to being a crazed fisherman, I am also something of a lunatic hunter. May 3rd was opening day for spring Turkey season in NH, and spring gobbler season being my favorite of all hunting seasons; I took a few days off to hunt. The thing with spring Turkey season is that unlike other seasons, the hunt must legally end at noon every day, in order for the birds to have some time to mate without being hammered all day. As such, the old man and I decided that after the hunt was over, we would head out to the lake each day to do some fishing. The results were fantastic. All together I caught six Bass, one of which was a new record for me (lengthwise anyway). Dad also caught a nice 17 inch slob, but unfortunately I was not able to snap a picture (Dad didn’t want cameras in the canoe). It’s only the fourth or so Bass he has ever caught, and damn was it a nice one!

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