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Monday, January 2, 2012

1-1-12....First of the New Year

The first fishing trip of the new year...chasing steel...hooking suckers....



Northern Hog Nosed Suckers to be exact..not exactly what I was looking for as the first fish of 2012 but a fish none the less...

We got to explore some new water...runs that I have never fished before...It was a mild day, a good day for river walking. Remnants of the salmon spawn and rot still remain...



The troops held strong and determined...This season's steelhead catch ratio has been very poor to say the least.....To date...quite a few fish hooked up, nothing to hand...My Dad got to feel that all mighty head shake yesterday for about a second before breaking off...The very last cast of the day put me on a fish for a second before the great snap off...Keep on keeping on...The troops...getting ready for Schoolhouse....



Steelhead get me through the winter months...I do enjoy it, but not anywhere like the enjoyment I get from my warm water species. As I swing a streamer or drift a nymph for the 200th roll cast of the day..I find myself daydreaming of stalking carp and chucking hair bugs for buckets, stripping streamers for pickerel and bouncing crayfish for smallies...Spring can't come soon enough....

10 comments:

  1. What a specimen! I'm with ya brother, I'm already having visions of spring too. Putting a jet on the boat this year for full access to the mighty Susquehanna, hope ya can get down this way too chase some Muskies, carp and smallies!

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  2. I too am already looking forward to bass season again.

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  3. Now that's a face even a mother couldn't love , but as long as it pulls your string it's all good!!

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  4. We catch bridge lip and large scale suckers here, both in trout streams and in carp water. Every fish appreciated. That is a beautifully mottled fish you have.

    Gregg

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  5. That is one crazy cool looking fish. Not a carp or SMB but will do in a pinch.

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  6. Wow!! that fish is that? It's pretty funny! congratulations on the blog.
    David, from Spain.

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  7. thanks all...yeah these things are pretty wild looking...they hit nice..but give up fairly quick and just come in...but a fish is a fish...a freaky fish all the better....

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  8. Nice article Pat...I always enjoy the read

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  9. Love that Hog Sucker...wish i could catch them that big here on the Chagrin.

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