Cabin Fever !!!

An OLDIE but goodie… 6 pound Bowfin from Black Lake, NY

Ok it’s getting towards the end of February 2019… here in the Northeast it is still winter… I sit here in my chair on the weekend and now with this new MLF Bass Pro Tour etc. I am taunted… all the time… by dudes fishing tournaments in Florida while it snows outside my window…

Anyway… re-rigged my rods today… with help from my cat, of course,

Here’s a few fishing photos from the past to help get through the next couple of months of cold air and hard water… Spring will be here sooooon….

Fishing Report: Ricker Pond, Groton, Vermont / October 4-7, 2018

Date: October 4-7, 2018

Time: Daytime

LocationFishing Spot – Ricker Pond, Groton, Vermont

Weather: Cool, changeable…

Air Temperature: 50’s

Water Temperature: 50’s


Took my semi-annual camping & kayak fishing trip to Ricker Pond this past October.

The weather was great for that time of year. A little bit of rain but not too much. Cool but not cold… chilly nights, nice campfires and great company.

Oh, and the fishing was pretty good this year too. You never know what the fishing is going to be like here. It can be on or off depending on the weather, water temps, time of year etc.

Typically, it’s the smallmouths that are biting, if any fish are. I typically end up with at least one nice 4+ pound smallmouth.

This year, it was the largemouths that were biting. I caught more largemouth this year than over the course of the prior 5 trips to this place combined. I got a 4 pound Larry and several more in the 2-3+ range.

Oh, and I did manage to land a few smallmouths. None quite as big a 4+ but one that was was 3 and 1/2 and another at 3. Good fighters too !

The go to baits for me this trip were: black football jig with blue craw trailers… havoc swimbaits and weightless creature baits or senkos.

Nice Fatty Sally !!!
And a fun Larry

Fishing Report – Charles River, September 22, 2018


Date: September 22, 2018

Time: Morning to Early Afternoon

Location: Charles River, Waltham, MA

Weather: Cool and calm to start… partly cloudy. Wind picked up as the day went on.

Air Temperature: Cool…

Water Temperature: 60’s ?


I was fishing here today as part of the September tournament for the South Shore Bassmasters.

This was my first year in the club but only the 3rd tournament I had been able to attend. For whatever reason, the tournament dates just kept conflicting with family or other life commitments.

The first tournament I had participated in I managed to catch just a single fish… but, many other anglers didn’t catch any fish at all that day. A moral victory 🙂

The second tournament I had participated in was a learning experience… fish were in pre-spawn/spawn… weather conditions were extremely tough with cool temps and high winds… I struggled to find fish… I had many pickups but zero hookups… Later in the day, I hooked a fish on a spinnerbait… but it jumped halfway back to the boat and spit it out… yup… this is how it was going to be… the high winds were also making rolling waves. I just wasn’t able to hold a spot long enough to target bedding fish… which were the fish that many of the other anglers caught… I zeroed… very humbling but even if you aren’t catching you are always learning…

Anyway, back to this report… I had never fished the Charles River before but had driven by it and knew of it since it’s an iconic part of the Boston area. I had no idea what to expect… was it navigable ? weed choked ? low water ? etc… I found it to be shallow but navigable… and once you got out of the main channel it was loaded with weeds, choked in some areas.

Once the tournament started, I ran up river a ways looking for some type of interesting side pocket to pull into and hopefully start catching some fish. I didn’t realize it until much later in the day, but I got lucky with my initial choice of pocket… I pulled into a pocket on the left side of the river that looked ok to me. I was a narrowish but long pocket that had a lot of large, green lily pads in it and clear water otherwise.

I started fishing this area and hooked a nice 2 pounder fairly quickly. I was just tossing a weightless Senko in, around, over and through the lily pads. In a way, I was using the Senko like a frog in many of the thicker lily pad areas. Yeeha ! That was quick ! This is going to be a good day 🙂

About a half hour later, I hooked another 2 pounder. Sweet ! 2 nice fish in the live well within an hour’s time !

The next few hours were very quiet… the wind also picked up which was aggravating to me as it made sitting in one spot and working it over somewhat difficult. I managed to pick up 2 more small fish. They were both keepers but just barely. I had worked this pocket a  couple of times and with the wind blowing right down into it from the main river I decided I’d go looking for some other water.

I motored around a bit but didn’t find any other pockets quite like the one I had been in. Everywhere else I went was choked with thick milfoil and other mats of “stuff”. I didn’t find any other lily pad areas that were also clear of those other matted weeds. I wasn’t equipped to fish those heavy weed mats and as such I didn’t have any luck in those other areas.

The day was progressing and I still only had those 4 fish. I then decided to go back to my original pocket… where I found some other folks now in there fishing… ugh… I kind of hung around that area until the other anglers moved out. I went back in and had high hopes… halfway back into the pocket, I pulled my Senko across a lily pad and let it fall into a gap… I noticed a very slight ‘tick’ and jump in my line… could it be ? there goes my line to the side… YES ! … I set the hook… dead weight… this is a good one… my line starts moving in the opposite direction and this fish is taking some line off my spool too…

Now… I am positioned on my boat about forty feet from this fish… with a large lily pad field between me and it… the fish rips into the lily pads and wraps my line around some of them… the fight stops… I cannot reel in any line as I just using a light worm rod with 10 lb flourocarbon line… I just have to slowly reel in line as I use my trolling motor to close the gap between myself and the now stuck fish… as you might have expected… by the time I got over to the lily pad with my line wrapped around it all I had caught was the lily pads… the monster had spit the hook once it got into the pads… argh ! Damn you fish !

I am convinced that f I’d been able to land this fish I’d have definitely won the tournament. I only had 4 fish and ended up just 3 pounds short of first place. This fish would have definitely been north of 3 pounds.

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t give up on a good spot…
    • I should have stayed here and fished it with different baits
    • Definitely a jig or frog or swim bait
  • When fishing thick lily pads…
    • Use heavier gear
    • Had I been using braid and a heavier rod I would have been able to horse that last fish into the boat.