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Posted 10 February 2016 - 06:15 PM

We just booked 4 days up at Leech Lake in Minnesota for the week after the opener   I have been going since I was a kid and we got away from it for a while, but my uncle retired recently and bought a sweet new Lund for gettin after the walleye.  The 4 of us that normally play golf together will head up Saturday night, fish Sunday-Wednesday, then drive home Thursday for a 4 day golf match Friday-Monday (does not get any better).

Anyone else like to drag some bait or toss some spoons?

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:28 PM

Love fishing the surf and flats in Florida. Try to make a trip twice a year.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:09 PM

Fishing is the best.

Largemouth blast through the surface on a top water lure explosion.

Man, gotta do more fishin.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:22 PM

We have two trips planned to LOTW this summer. Best werk of the year! It's hard to balance the golf and fishing but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:27 PM

My thing is big browns and small brookies!








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Posted 11 February 2016 - 12:27 AM

Now here is a topic I can blab all day about. OP, wait a sec, you're bringing a boat to fish in Minnesota in Feb??? Please explain...

I fish for everything in my area. Largemouth, smallies, browns, brooks, rainbows, flounder, weakies, but my fave is STRIPERS. I use my 17' kayak like a jeep - I can paddle up to 10 mi in pursuit of those beautiful fish.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 12:39 AM

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DT, those are beautiful big browns. I know you didn't get them in MD (or did you?). After going after stripers in my kayak, my next love is hunting native brookies in small creeks here in Jersey. Most people don't even know that there is now an abundance of them in small brooks and streams in the hilly areas of NW Jersey. This is a great testament to the environmental movement and rebound over the last 20 years. I use micro spinning tackle, and they are of no food value, but man are they pretty fish!

PS, if you're in Bowie MD you live very close to some prime striper territory, do you partake?

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 02:40 AM

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Now here is a topic I can blab all day about. OP, wait a sec, you're bringing a boat to fish in Minnesota in Feb??? Please explain...

I fish for everything in my area. Largemouth, smallies, browns, brooks, rainbows, flounder, weakies, but my fave is STRIPERS. I use my 17' kayak like a jeep - I can paddle up to 10 mi in pursuit of those beautiful fish.

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No, we booked our trip for opening walleye season,(mid-May).

My father in law runs a guide service in PA for Stripers.  The first time he took me out, caught a 18 and a 23 within 90 minutes.
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 03:51 AM

I think this is the only one I have right now, hope to have a lot more in a few months...

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:57 AM

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 12:39 AM, said:

View PostDT15, on 10 February 2016 - 10:27 PM, said:


DT, those are beautiful big browns. I know you didn't get them in MD (or did you?). After going after stripers in my kayak, my next love is hunting native brookies in small creeks here in Jersey. Most people don't even know that there is now an abundance of them in small brooks and streams in the hilly areas of NW Jersey. This is a great testament to the environmental movement and rebound over the last 20 years. I use micro spinning tackle, and they are of no food value, but man are they pretty fish!

PS, if you're in Bowie MD you live very close to some prime striper territory, do you partake?

East TN are where both the Browns and Brooks are from. Grew up fishing small water in WV and that's where my small water love came from.

I'll still float the New River for smallies and we make a Lake Erie trip every year for Walleye, but I'd much rather throw on some waders and hit the low water.

I am in Bowie, I'm all too familiar with Rock Fish as I am a MD Game-warden (NRP). It's a good time, but not my "go to".

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 06:58 PM

View PostDT15, on 11 February 2016 - 10:57 AM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 12:39 AM, said:

View PostDT15, on 10 February 2016 - 10:27 PM, said:


DT, those are beautiful big browns. I know you didn't get them in MD (or did you?). After going after stripers in my kayak, my next love is hunting native brookies in small creeks here in Jersey. Most people don't even know that there is now an abundance of them in small brooks and streams in the hilly areas of NW Jersey. This is a great testament to the environmental movement and rebound over the last 20 years. I use micro spinning tackle, and they are of no food value, but man are they pretty fish!

PS, if you're in Bowie MD you live very close to some prime striper territory, do you partake?

East TN are where both the Browns and Brooks are from. Grew up fishing small water in WV and that's where my small water love came from.

I'll still float the New River for smallies and we make a Lake Erie trip every year for Walleye, but I'd much rather throw on some waders and hit the low water.

I am in Bowie, I'm all too familiar with Rock Fish as I am a MD Game-warden (NRP). It's a good time, but not my "go to".

You're a MD warden? Awesome. Thank you for your service.

I have been wanting to do some paddling for stripes on the Susky flats for some time now. How is their health in the Chesapeake these days?
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:13 PM

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 06:58 PM, said:

View PostDT15, on 11 February 2016 - 10:57 AM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 12:39 AM, said:

View PostDT15, on 10 February 2016 - 10:27 PM, said:


DT, those are beautiful big browns. I know you didn't get them in MD (or did you?). After going after stripers in my kayak, my next love is hunting native brookies in small creeks here in Jersey. Most people don't even know that there is now an abundance of them in small brooks and streams in the hilly areas of NW Jersey. This is a great testament to the environmental movement and rebound over the last 20 years. I use micro spinning tackle, and they are of no food value, but man are they pretty fish!

PS, if you're in Bowie MD you live very close to some prime striper territory, do you partake?

East TN are where both the Browns and Brooks are from. Grew up fishing small water in WV and that's where my small water love came from.

I'll still float the New River for smallies and we make a Lake Erie trip every year for Walleye, but I'd much rather throw on some waders and hit the low water.

I am in Bowie, I'm all too familiar with Rock Fish as I am a MD Game-warden (NRP). It's a good time, but not my "go to".

You're a MD warden? Awesome. Thank you for your service.

I have been wanting to do some paddling for stripes on the Susky flats for some time now. How is their health in the Chesapeake these days?

Thanks man.

The Chesapeake is one if not the best Rock/Striper fisheries anywhere. Pretty much non stop the entire year (in season obviously). When they "run" it's stupid how easy it can be.
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:14 PM

A couple of my favorites from the Bay:

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:22 PM

View PostDT15, on 11 February 2016 - 07:13 PM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 06:58 PM, said:

View PostDT15, on 11 February 2016 - 10:57 AM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 12:39 AM, said:

View PostDT15, on 10 February 2016 - 10:27 PM, said:


DT, those are beautiful big browns. I know you didn't get them in MD (or did you?). After going after stripers in my kayak, my next love is hunting native brookies in small creeks here in Jersey. Most people don't even know that there is now an abundance of them in small brooks and streams in the hilly areas of NW Jersey. This is a great testament to the environmental movement and rebound over the last 20 years. I use micro spinning tackle, and they are of no food value, but man are they pretty fish!

PS, if you're in Bowie MD you live very close to some prime striper territory, do you partake?

East TN are where both the Browns and Brooks are from. Grew up fishing small water in WV and that's where my small water love came from.

I'll still float the New River for smallies and we make a Lake Erie trip every year for Walleye, but I'd much rather throw on some waders and hit the low water.

I am in Bowie, I'm all too familiar with Rock Fish as I am a MD Game-warden (NRP). It's a good time, but not my "go to".

You're a MD warden? Awesome. Thank you for your service.

I have been wanting to do some paddling for stripes on the Susky flats for some time now. How is their health in the Chesapeake these days?

Thanks man.

The Chesapeake is one if not the best Rock/Striper fisheries anywhere. Pretty much non stop the entire year (in season obviously). When they "run" it's stupid how easy it can be.

I know I can look it up, but when is the season closed for the spawning run?
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:25 PM

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A couple of my favorites from the Bay:

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Goose, those are nice bucketmouths, but, you look like you're standing on top of saltwater?

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:28 PM

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Goose, those are nice bucketmouths, but, you look like you're standing on top of saltwater?

The Chesapeake is a brackish tidal estuary. The big one was caught at the Bay Bridge, and the largemouth were caught literally in the background of the photo. My folks live about 30 miles north of the bridge.

Depending on the amount of rainwater we get in a season, I've caught species ranging from crappie and chain pickerel through 20-25" bluefish in the Upper Bay.
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:44 PM

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beautiful brookies
I fish many streams like those in WV
Used to go over to Castleman's when I was at WVU

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 07:46 PM

View PostGooseHook, on 11 February 2016 - 07:28 PM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 07:25 PM, said:

Goose, those are nice bucketmouths, but, you look like you're standing on top of saltwater?

The Chesapeake is a brackish tidal estuary. The big one was caught at the Bay Bridge, and the largemouth were caught literally in the background of the photo. My folks live about 30 miles north of the bridge.

Depending on the amount of rainwater we get in a season, I've caught species ranging from crappie and chain pickerel through 20-25" bluefish in the Upper Bay.

That's kind of crazy, being able to catch stripers and largemouth in one trip. You're talking the rt 50 bridge, right? So that would make the Susky flats pretty much fresh water. I would guess then that stripers actually lay their eggs just a little north of there around the rt 95 bridge? I'm not trying to get or give away any secrets, just trying to understand the dynamics of the upper Chesapeake...
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:10 PM

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View PostDT15, on 10 February 2016 - 10:27 PM, said:


beautiful brookies
I fish many streams like those in WV
Used to go over to Castleman's when I was at WVU

Thanks man, I grew up fishing the central WV brook trout waters. Sadly, many of them have become over fished or the populations have taken huge hits from old mining pond wash outs / chemical spills, etc. Still some beautiful water, woods, and fish.
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:14 PM

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 07:46 PM, said:

View PostGooseHook, on 11 February 2016 - 07:28 PM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 07:25 PM, said:

Goose, those are nice bucketmouths, but, you look like you're standing on top of saltwater?

The Chesapeake is a brackish tidal estuary. The big one was caught at the Bay Bridge, and the largemouth were caught literally in the background of the photo. My folks live about 30 miles north of the bridge.

Depending on the amount of rainwater we get in a season, I've caught species ranging from crappie and chain pickerel through 20-25" bluefish in the Upper Bay.

That's kind of crazy, being able to catch stripers and largemouth in one trip. You're talking the rt 50 bridge, right? So that would make the Susky flats pretty much fresh water. I would guess then that stripers actually lay their eggs just a little north of there around the rt 95 bridge? I'm not trying to get or give away any secrets, just trying to understand the dynamics of the upper Chesapeake...

If you look at a map of the Chesapeake around MD, you will see all the massive freshwater rivers that dump into it: Patapsco, Patomac, Susquehana, Gunpowder, etc. Rocks can be caught during their spawn miles above the "Tidal Fisheries" mark. It is pretty awesome pulling in a "freshwater" rockfish in a small river well north of the bay.

Seasons are calculated every year. Usually, it is mid-late fall through mid May that are Catch and Release only.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:21 PM

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 07:46 PM, said:

View PostGooseHook, on 11 February 2016 - 07:28 PM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 07:25 PM, said:

Goose, those are nice bucketmouths, but, you look like you're standing on top of saltwater?

The Chesapeake is a brackish tidal estuary. The big one was caught at the Bay Bridge, and the largemouth were caught literally in the background of the photo. My folks live about 30 miles north of the bridge.

Depending on the amount of rainwater we get in a season, I've caught species ranging from crappie and chain pickerel through 20-25" bluefish in the Upper Bay.

That's kind of crazy, being able to catch stripers and largemouth in one trip. You're talking the rt 50 bridge, right? So that would make the Susky flats pretty much fresh water. I would guess then that stripers actually lay their eggs just a little north of there around the rt 95 bridge? I'm not trying to get or give away any secrets, just trying to understand the dynamics of the upper Chesapeake...

Yeah, up in the Susquehanna they spawn. In the spring, the real hogs are in the Lower Bay which is trophy season. Sometime late summer, the whole Bay starts running in spurts and when the water cools down they start gorging for winter. Like DT says, it is flat out stupid- we're talking leaving the mouth of a river on a boat, and within your sightline you'll see a handful of different schools of fish crashing bait on the surface. Topwater, jigging, trollling, it all works. My dad and I went out Halloween morning and caught our limit within 40 minutes.
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:50 PM

That settles it. This spring I'm going. Thinking of camping and launching out of Elk Neck SP
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 09:35 PM

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That settles it. This spring I'm going. Thinking of camping and launching out of Elk Neck SP

Elk Neck is one of the better MD Parks as well, so that is a good choice.

Not sure how you go about it, but "live-lining" is the most fun way of fishing rocks that I have tried. My buddy who is also with the agency is a lifelong waterman. It is the only way he does it. We go out and catch small fist sized Spot, then live fish with them. Plus, you get double the time behind the reel. (Behind the rod or pole were leaving me too open).
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:02 PM

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View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 08:50 PM, said:

That settles it. This spring I'm going. Thinking of camping and launching out of Elk Neck SP

Elk Neck is one of the better MD Parks as well, so that is a good choice.

Not sure how you go about it, but "live-lining" is the most fun way of fishing rocks that I have tried. My buddy who is also with the agency is a lifelong waterman. It is the only way he does it. We go out and catch small fist sized Spot, then live fish with them. Plus, you get double the time behind the reel. (Behind the rod or pole were leaving me too open).

Yeah, if you said you had more time on your pole I would have said something ;-)

Fishing out of a kayak has always limited my live bait abilities. If you use a bucket over the side, you have to pull it up every time you paddle up to a new drift. I'm looking into getting a small battery powered cooler/aerator that would just barely fit between my feet in the cockpit. (I refuse to paddle one of those sit on top bathtubs which can carry a truckload of stuff, but will give you a cardiac if you try to paddle more than 1 mile - I like to have the ability to paddle fast and far in pursuit of prey.) I'm also looking into using an anchor so I can cast/retrieve, although I have heard using an anchor with yaks can be dangerous.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:03 PM

Love this, more pics!



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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:07 PM

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 10:02 PM, said:

View PostDT15, on 11 February 2016 - 09:35 PM, said:

View Postthug the bunny, on 11 February 2016 - 08:50 PM, said:

That settles it. This spring I'm going. Thinking of camping and launching out of Elk Neck SP

Elk Neck is one of the better MD Parks as well, so that is a good choice.

Not sure how you go about it, but "live-lining" is the most fun way of fishing rocks that I have tried. My buddy who is also with the agency is a lifelong waterman. It is the only way he does it. We go out and catch small fist sized Spot, then live fish with them. Plus, you get double the time behind the reel. (Behind the rod or pole were leaving me too open).

Yeah, if you said you had more time on your pole I would have said something ;-)

Fishing out of a kayak has always limited my live bait abilities. If you use a bucket over the side, you have to pull it up every time you paddle up to a new drift. I'm looking into getting a small battery powered cooler/aerator that would just barely fit between my feet in the cockpit. (I refuse to paddle one of those sit on top bathtubs which can carry a truckload of stuff, but will give you a cardiac if you try to paddle more than 1 mile - I like to have the ability to paddle fast and far in pursuit of prey.) I'm also looking into using an anchor so I can cast/retrieve, although I have heard using an anchor with yaks can be dangerous.

I checked a guy last year who had an insanely awesome pedal paddle system. Kayak was built for the sole purpose of fishing and it takes away the true kayak fishing, but it was awesome. Light enough to move on your own and throw in the truck, but hands were always free and you used the legs for propulsion.

Never thought about not being able to keep bait fish, that makes perfect sense. The only time I could imaging a anchor being an issue is if you are in any significant current.
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:29 PM

View Postbscinstnct, on 11 February 2016 - 10:03 PM, said:

Love this, more pics!

Cool. From about 15 years ago:

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:35 PM

OK bsc, this is my stepson with a fat yellow perch from one of our local ponds.

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And my stepson with a backbay hog.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:48 PM

Been tooo long since I was fishin.

People dont know, but if you know where to go and what to do, there are some great largemouth bass spots in NY. Not even way upstate, just 20, 30 miles from the city.

Small lakes, small, even pond size but there are some smart 5 or 6 pound bass (nice for NY!) that never been caught that if you got skills, you can have a blast.

Like, there was this spot, nobody went to, I mean nobody knows how to fish bassies in NY, I dont think but you could go with very light gear, like 4lb or 6lb test and delicate lures and topwater and catch crazy, leaping bassies, lots of 2, 3 pounders.

I went myself on my birthday morning and, man, this load of a bass just bent the pole,

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Goes the drag, down, down, then....

Levels off and starts climbing, climbing, Im taking slack it coming to the surface

Crash! Up, up, into the air!

brought it in, 22 inches, must have been 6 lbs

Man, thats living.

Let em all go, of course.

Gotta do some fishing ; )

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