I had to get one more trip in on my couple of days off before I go back to another two-week run of 12 hour days. I am the king of “just one more cast” My uncle mike said I was the same way swimming in the pool as a kid., only it was “just 5 more minutes!” This was one of those days where I was glad I kept saying to myself..Just one more cast.
Harrods Creek is a runoff of the Ohio River that goes in to Prospect KY. It has a couple of restaurants and some high-end marinas. It looks as fishy as can be, and I’m sure it is when the conditions are right. Just after a day of rain when the mud is all stirred up so the visibility is 3 inches is apparently not the right conditions. I had the day off and the time to kill so I went for it anyway. After about 4 hours of fishing up, and then back down stream again I got back to where I launched, which was right at the mouth of where the creek meets the river. My trip was fruitless thus far so I decided to take one more try at the mouth and got that little bass pictured above. It’s amazing how even one little fish makes the entire trip seem way more worthwhile.
The other cool part of my trip was all the wildlife I saw. There was this family of deer grazing by the creek side that didn’t seem to mind me quietly floating by. I forgot to charge my new camera battery so the best I could do was this iPhone pic.
Another neat thing that happened was when I turned on the TV the other day and saw one of the sponsors from the tournament I was just in on an episode of his own show on nbs sports channel – Knot Right Kayak Fishing. Nice job on that Chad Hoover! Here is the youtube version of the show.
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Categories: BASS, fishing, KAYAK FISHING, louisville
Tags: bass, bucket list, bucket list fishing, creek, harrods creek, hook1, kayak fishing, knot right kayak fishing, louisville fishing report
Ok! I have been crazy busy at work and when I havent been there I have been chasing the kids around and doing non fishing stuff. Enough excuses though, the bottom line is I have been neglecting my blog. That has however given me a lot to write about so I will try to cover some of it here today.
The picture above is from McNealy lake in Louisville and was taken yesterday. Actually all the pictures In this post are from yesterdays trip. Up until that trip I thought I had completely lost my fishing mojo. I have been out on my new hobie 5 times including a Kayak fishing tournament I entered in, and until the 6th trip (yesterdays) I had not yet caught a fish from it.
Those two little guys are the ones that broke the curse. They both were taken on the way back to the launch spot and both ate the same Chartreuse roostertail. It was also the last thing in my tackle box that I tried. So boy was I glad that it worked!
In the first picture the bass is cradled in a Hook1 hog trough that I got as part of my membership and entry in the bluegrass yakmasters Inaugural kayak fishing tournament on Saturday April 6th. It was a Really exciting event, even though I got skunked for the day. It tought me a valuable lesson on preparation and research when fishing an unfamiliar body of water. I did end up winning a 12 pack of ALE 8-1 sodapop in the raffle, but wished I had won the fully rigged wilderness systems fishing kayak that Hook1 kayak fishing gear raffled off. It was dope!
You can tell spring is here, the trees are sprouting new leaves and the critters are active.
I got these two pics with the new waterproof digital camera I found at a pawn shop for cheap I still have some settings to learn on it.
Until Next Time -
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At least thats what the weather man says. I am glad to have had a few chances to get outside this week. Nature walks and duck feeding with the kids, and of course a few rides on the new Hobie kayak- full review coming soon. Although it was great to be out, the fish were not feeling the same way. Two seperate 2 hour trips fishing from the hobie yielded no bites what so ever.
Until today when I took my daughter to fishermans park here in Louisville KY, where we tied a bobber on one rod and a sinker on the other, and loaded them both up with the earthworms we dug up ourselves earlier in our own back yard. Other than seeing a huge crawdad crawl by in the water in front of us, there was no action for almost an hour and a half. I dont know if you have ever fished with a 4 year old, but 1 and a half hours of patience waiting for a fish to pull your bobber down is unheard of, but believe it or not it was calm, peaceful, and amazing quality time spent together. Our patience was rewarded when we finally got a bite and we shared a first for both of us. A shiny little spotted brook trout. The smile on her face says it all. It reminded me of this old post from last year when she caught her first fish by herself. click here to read “my little girl” _
Now after todays high of 74 and tomorrow being back in the 30′s I wonder how many people will get the flu, I know it makes me want to not get out of bed.
Until it gets warm again!
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It’s February in Kentucky. Last year in February I was catching largemouth here. This year I am much more prepared, but haven’t had any time or a break in the weather. I finally went and got the kayak I have been drooling over for a long time, the 2013 Hobie ProAngler 14. I asked the shop to keep it in its packaging so I could open it like a Christmas present in my garage when I got home. I’m glad I did. I assembled the seat, mirage drive and rudder system myself and expect that if I ever have a problem with them the assembly I did will help me to identify it.
I then spent a few evenings organizing and stocking all the hidden storage compartments with baits and supplies Including the ones I will be testing and reviewing for fish candy bait company. I won a set of rod leashes from http://www.kayakfishingfever.com and modified one of them to anchor down my boga grip.
I have everything set including a rack that extends from the tow receiver of my truck and the kayak cart wheels. All I need is for one of these days that the temps get into the 50′s to be on my day off. That and to figure out what pfd to buy for the new kayak. There will be much more to write about soon.
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I haven’t posted and subsequently have not fished in a month. The holiday distractions are over. The only excuse is the snow and temperature, but I have gear for that, and if the fish can survive those conditions so can I. The smallmouth bite should be on and I have a package of smallmouth special custom hand poured and cured baits en route from Fish Candy Bait Company . I know the arrival of the package will be the motivator I need to get me back on the water.
In other fishy news please take a quick moment of silence for Slugger the Louisville beta. He was a close family friend of a close family friend and the best listener anyone could ask for. He could be trusted to keep anything quiet and never judged if you had a little too much Pinot Grigio. RIP Slugger. You will be missed.
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This has been a long work week and there are still no signs of a significant break. Long day after long day. I was lucky to sneak out onto the muddy banks of the Ohio river for about 2 hours Thursday morning. I didn’t have waders with me, so from where I could fish there was not a bite at all. The weather was nice and there were more people out there trying to catch fish than I ever saw before.
After a fair number of casts a few pictures and some deep cleansing breaths I called it a day.
Since my last trip to the Falls ended with me slipping, swimming back to shore, and permanently water-logging my new iPhone5 in the process. I was due for some better luck.
That was just what was headed my way.
1st. I get done fishing and head to work and find out that I got a plug in the KY Outdoors Magazine, Big Thanks to Kevin.
Here is a link to KY Outdoors Magazine:
2nd- The next day when I got home from work my two brand new g-loomis warranty replacement rods were waiting on the porch for me. You might pay a little more for a loomis but it is well worth it.
Check them out here: www.gloomis.com
3rd was Saturday December 1st my fishing report was published in the Highlander Newspaper. I barely got through high school almost 20 years ago, so to have an article published… Even if it is in a free newspaper…. Is really cool!
The article can be seen in its online version here:
Highlander Monthly Newspaper
I didnt hot the powerball, but all in all not a bad finish to the week. Now if I could just get a day off to do some real fishing!
Tight lines and Tailwinds!
Earlier this month, In a very unexpected turn of events, I got a call from a great friend who said He had a trip to Miami beach along with 2 full day fishing trips planned for the following week. If I wanted to go all I had to do was book a ticket to get down there….DONE!
DAY 1 was a inshore and backbay trip that was on a boat called the grasshopper. A 19’8″ Carolina skiff. Our guide Captain Mike had me a little worried at first. At no more than 25 years old how could he have enough experience to find the best spots? Boy was I wrong, he was great!
It started like many charters with a search for pilchards or threadfin for bait. It took some time to find them but once we did it only took one well placed throw of the cast net and we had bait for the entire day. We started fishing right away, In the same cove we found the bait there was a school of jacks chasing bait out of the water. They hooked up on the live baits we casted and gave the great fight they are known for. I think it was then we decided to see how many species we could land in a day. We moved out to a grassy area and after a few more casts my friend hooked a nice sea trout.
The weather was being agreeable and the report said that the ocean was as flat as could be so we headed a couple miles offshore to do some trolling in the small boat. The first to hit was a big lizard fish, next were a few blue runner, Bonita, and skipjack. It was my buddies turn when the spool took off and he fought up this nice fat gag grouper. Shame it was only 23.5 inches, at 24 he would have made a good and legal lunch, so he went back in to grow some more. We went to a marina for some blackened mahi lunch and put together a plan for the second part of the day, which was to use the Bonita we caught earlier as chunk bait for tarpon.
I have targeted tarpon many times and hooked up only once and never landed one. I was excited but skeptical. We set up at a spot our captain said they were commonly caught at and patiently waited for a bite. When the rod bent my heart stopped. But it only bent for a second and then was slack again. A while later we got another strike, and this time set the hook, but it was a jack crevalle. Bait was running low and it was getting late so we made the call to try one more spot just outside the marina. I soaked a chunk of Bonita meat and in a few minutes had a bite, Only this time the rod bent and stayed that way! FISH ON! – I could not believe the weight of the monster on the other side, and when he jumped right in front of me I couldn’t believe how big he was! We wrestled for 10 minutes or so and after some great runs and awesome acrobatics he finally gave in. The captain pulled him in the boat and we took some pictures that I will always cherish.
Before releasing him we pulled the beautiful fish alongside the boat until he was strong enough to swim off on his own. I can’t say enough about that day. Not only did I get to catch, photo, and release a fish that I had chased after for years, but it was also the anniversary of my dads passing. A fitting day to check a big one off my personal bucket list! I think all in all we caught 8 different species that day.
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Categories: beach, fishing, miami
Tags: backbay, badfish, bay, beach, big eye, blue runner, Bonita, bucket list, captain, Carolina skiff, charter, charter boat, dad, father, fish, Fishing, Florida, gag, grasshopper, grouper, inlet, inshore, jack, jack crevalle, ladyfish, lizardfish, miami, offshore, pilchard, poon, sea trout, seatrout, skipjack, spoon, sublime, tarpon, threadfin, trolling, tuna
Lots going on right now! I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems for me that as soon as November 1st hits I go into a time warp and the next time I look at a Calender its January or February. I haven’t updated here since I wrote about hurricane Sandy hitting my home town on the Jersey Shore a few weeks ago, Interestingly that was the most popular topic I ever posted about. Click here to view that story
I have two pages that i just added to the site also, Tips and How To’s, and Product Reviews. They are both still under construction but will be up and running with content shortly.
I wrote what I think was an awesome fall fishing report for KY Outdoors magazine, that I now find out they may not be using. If it is confirmed that they do not want to print it, I will post it on here ASAP.
In a very unexpected last-minute trip I was Invited to Miami for 2 days of fishing last week. One inshore backcountry and one offshore. I will have full reports from each trip written soon, All I can say now is that I was able to take my all time bucket list fish nemesis off of the list!
Lots of updates coming soon!
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Categories: fishing, life
Tags: articles, backcountry, bucket list, dave mathews band, Fishing, Hurricane Sandy, inshore, kayak fishing, ky outdoors, Mantoloking, miami, offshore, PELAGICS, report, WWW.BUCKETLISTFISHING.COM
Nice fish right? The fish holds a special memory, but It’s with a very sad heart that I write this post. The houses and beach in the background are Mantoloking NJ. Where for the first 20 years of my life I fished, swam, played, made lifelong friends, biked, held hands with girls, fought, fell in love, learned about life, watched fireworks, sunrises and sunsets.
Yesterday it was torn apart by hurricane sandy. Many of those houses are no longer there. There are floods and fires, and people still stranded. I am thankful that the friends and family that I still have there are safe now that I have finally heard from them all over 24 hours later, but feel consumed by grief after all the pictures I have seen of how bad the damage is. It will be rebuilt and for most people it will be alright, but tonight I am sad about my beach and my towns and my stomping grounds, and mad that I am not there to help.
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Heres me in a little video i took recently at the “hole” I sure do love this fishing thing!