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"Most of the world is covered by water. A fishermans's job is simple: Pick out the best parts." Charles Waterman

"One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions." John Ashley-Cooper

"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home." Roderick Haig-Brown

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Crawing for Smallmouth

This was the first time my father-in-law has gone out this year, and it turned out to be a pretty good day.  My brother came down from the NEK to join us and we headed up to the islands to one of our familiar haunts.  The forecast called for rain, but when we got there, it was surprisingly calm.  I haven't been fishing much lately as the boats been in for repairs, so I wasn't exactly sure how the smallmouth were behaving or in what depth they were in.  After a half hour and some moving, my brother boated the first fish of the day.

Shortly after, my father-in-law,Craig, caught two off a deep diving rebel crawfish.  The second one gave him quite a fight.  Tighten the drag! Tighten the drag!

We picked up a few more, and finally figured out a pattern.  We used gary yamamoto hula grubs on jig heads and either dragged or hopped them on the bottom in 12-15 feet of water.  This worked well for us as the waves had picked up considerably and fishing with senkos became out of the question.

This little guy was the ticket.

I managed to net my biggest smallmouth of the year at 3lbs. 12oz. off the hula grub.  He put on quite a show and I'm glad to have caught and released him safely.   I am also using 8lb. monofilament cajun line, and I must say that for the price of this stuff and the quality I see in it, I think I am hooked.

Smallmouth are becoming my bass of choice.  Less Northerns around compared to Largemouth habitat.  Find rocks and find smallmouth.  Tight lines.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


I took my good friend Ryan out Thursday to Mallets Bay to see if we couldn't get him his first Lake Champlain Smallmouth.  He was up from Texas for two weeks and doesn't get to do much fishing down there.  We started the morning with boat trouble, as it seems my charging system is not recharging my starting battery.  So I had to charge it off my truck and away we went.  We started out by Mallets Creek using poppers in the early morning calm, and Ryan started the day with his first Champlain smallmouth.

We caught a few more, and I missed a giant largemouth that came crashing to the surface and completely missed my popper.  I have been trying out the new Strike King Shim-E-Stik, which is much like a Senko.  I have had pretty good success with this bait, and it only costs just under $3.00 for a pack of 10.  About an hour after we began, I picked up this nice 3lb. 7oz. Smallmouth off the Shim-E-Stik in Baby Bass color.

The rest of the day was great.  We caught some more smaller bass, the weather was outstanding, and the conversation was great.  It's always better to fish with a friend.  Thanks Ryan for the fantastic time, and I'm glad that I was able to help you catch your very first Champlain Smallmouth. 

Tight Lines!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

LCI Derby

Before we start, I just want to let you know that the date on the pictures is wrong, the camera's date was not set.  As you can see it's like three years off.

Once again, my brother and I teamed up for the LCI Father's Day Derby.  Our target was Smallmouth Bass and the Champlain Islands were where we focused our attention.  Saturday morning a storm front came through and poured rain on my Escape and the boat.  Fortunately we had not launched already as some poor chaps had.  They must have been soaked.  For over an hour we waited out the storm until it finally broke around 5 a.m.  Boat in the water, let the fun begin.

About two hours in, my brother boated this very nice Smallie.

4.10 pound Smallmouth
  A great start to the derby.  A four pounder in the livewell before the weigh stations even opened.  So we weigh in the fish and go to head back out when my motor will not start.  DEAD STARTING BATTERY!  Well, to say that I was in a panic would be an understatement.  So I switched the leads over to my deep cycle to get the motor started, and headed back to the launch.  Two hours later, and after a trip to a local boat mechanic, it turns out that my starting battery is not taking a charge anymore, and it is not the voltage regulator or rectifier in the motor.  Crisis averted, and $90 later we're back on the water with a new starting battery.  Unfortunately, we couldn't stay where we wanted because of very high waves, so we were forced to move.  We caught many other smaller fish, but nothing worthy of weighing in.  End of Day 1.

Day 2 began with a check of the area we wanted to fish, but the waves were still too violent in that location, so we had to go to plan B.  We caught many smaller fish throughout the day until I finally got ahold of a good sized Smallmouth on a Senko.  The fish weighed in at 3.49 pounds, but unfortunately we overlooked taking a picture of it, so you'll have to take my word on that one.  Back out on the water and as it started getting later in the evening, the wind died down and we decided to go back to our favorite fishing spot.  This was a good decision as we bagged another three Smallmouth that weighed 3.0, 3.2, and 3.3 pounds.  Weigh stations were closed for the night, so we decided to keep the largest two to weigh in on Monday.  End of Day 2.

Devin with his 3.0 and 3.2 pound Smallies

My 3.3 pound Smallie
Day 3 saw us fishing a completely different area in the central part of the lake, and this was a bad move.  We didn't get a bite all day.  We were planning on weighing in our 3.2 and 3.3 pound fish, but for some reason we didn't and it was a bad decision. My brother would have been in second place in the coolwater angler of the year if we had weighed in our fish on the last day.  Wouldn't have won anything, but it would have been nice to get the recognition.  Oh well, we know what we did that weekend and that's enough for me.  Well get em again  next year.  It was a fun weekend brother, and I look forward to fishing it again with you next year.    Check out these beautiful fish.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Scouting for LCI

My Brother came down for a scouting trip of a few spots before we fish the LCI Father's Day Derby next weekend.  Glad we did because the fish were few and far between.  But, that's why we scout an area.  Anyways, water is still high, debris is everywhere, and water is cold. 
Devin with an odd colored smallie
I fear for many boaters who are going to partake in the LCI who are not familier with Lake Champlain.  The lake is dangerous right now with breakwaters underwater and logs adrift everywhere.  I'll be fishing the tournament, but I'll be especially cautious this year.  Good luck to everyone that's fishing it.  Let's hope for good weather.

Smallies love crawfish!

 Tight lines.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Enough already!

Well, it has been a looooong time since I posted, but that is because I have been on standby due mostly to the swelling waterways and lake champlain.  Last week I went down to mallets bay to launch, only to find that the water was lapping into the parking lot.  So, my boat waits in anticipation, but luckily I was able to fish a puddle in the Northeast Kingdom this weekend with my mentor.  The Smallmouth were certainly getting ready to spawn as they were moving up onto the large shallow flat from deeper water.  There were four of us in the small pontoon boat and we managed to put over 30 smallmouth in the boat in about three hours.  Most were hovering just below three pounds with a few small ones here and there and a 3lb. 4oz. being the largest.  It was the first time this year I have had my rod bend and reel scream under the pressure of a fighting fish.  I want to thank Mark, my mentor, for taking me out and knowing exactly what the bass were doing on this particular puddle.  I am now determined to get my boat in Champlain and check my smallmouth spots for some serious action.  Oh, and 5 inch senkos were the ticket all day long.  Devin, wish you could have been there.  You and I soon, Champlain, mark it on the calendar.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Opening Day

It's almost here.  Only a day and a half left until many anglers around the state cast a line into local rivers and streams.  Usually this would mean lakes also, but with ice still on many lakes around the state, I imagine lake fishing will be held up for a couple more weeks, at least in most places.  This time of year brings excitement, but I can't help but be a little worried as it has snowed here the past two days, rained hard one day, and barely broke above 40 degrees.  The rivers will be high, muddy, fast flowing, and difficult to fish.  Sounds like a challenge and I'll take it just at that.  Get ready for the fun to begin.  Good luck!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I am a huge believer in the palomar knot.  I have always used this knot for monofilament and  never had a problem.  This year as I venture into using flourocarbon and braided lines, I plan on continuing to use this knot.  Everything I tie on is with this knot, whether it be a simple hook, swivel, crankbait, spinnerbait, topwater, or drop shot.  This is a very easy knot to learn how to tie and I promise you that if you don't know how to tie it yet, you won't be disappointed once you learn.  The link is to an episode of "knot wars" that was run on the North American Fisherman show on the Versus Channel.  It shows how to tie he palomar knot and how it faired against the Trilene knot.  Also, there are other videos at the footer of my blog showing how to tie the Palomar knot. 


Monday, March 7, 2011


Somewhere in this picture of an area in the Northeast Kingdom lies a hidden largemouth gem.  Not many people know of it, but my mentor let me in on the secret some time ago.  Any guesses?

Sunday, March 6, 2011


I got a fishing report from my brother today on Lake Memphremagog Pike Fishing.  On friday he caught a 10lb. Northern, his friend caught a 13lb. Northern, and the guy fishing right next to them caught a 16lb. Northern.  I knew there were Pike in that lake, but not so many of that size.  They were introduced into that lake some time back, and obviously they have become a dominant predator, especially in south bay.  Nice fish bro.  Where were the Northerns last weekend?  That's why its called "fishing" and not "catching."  The fish was released to be caught another day.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Vermont State Record Perch

Last weekend was the Northeast Kingdom Fishing Derby.  The derby got off to a great start as my brother caught the biggest yellow perch I have ever seen.  On my digital scale, it weighed 2lbs. 2oz. which is the same weight as the vermont state record perch listed on the vermont fish and wildlife website.  However, 8 hours elapsed from the time he caught it and when he weighed it in.  Officially, on the scale it weighed 1.75 lbs. or 1lb. 12oz.  This puts the fish very high on the record books, I believe tied for 7th.  Here are some pics of the fish.

The rest of the weekend however did not go as well.  We were targeting Pike and the largest we caught was 6lbs. 8oz. and a couple other smaller 3lb. fish.  We did manage to catch some more really nice yellow perch from the same lake as the record fish.  We probably could have caught many more of these, but as I said, we were focused on Pike.  
Most of the weekend was spent looking at idle flags and trying to figure out where all the fish had gone too.  At least we had beautiful scenery.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Why I am glad to fish Lake Champlain

Ok, this probably would never happen, but it makes me glad I fish where I do.  Check it out.


Lake Champlain, Dillenbeck Bay

Went out to Dillenbeck Bay on Thursday and the weather was fantastic.  Too bad I can't say the same about the fishing.  I went with my brother and we were targeting pike in about 6-7 feet of water.  The story of the day was two pike around 5lbs.,  two largemouth bass around 2lbs, and quite a few "false" flags.  I believe that perch were hitting our shiners just enough to release the flag.  There were numerous flags with nothing at all which made for a frustrating day.  However, the weather was great and I had a great time fishing with my brother as always.  Oh, and plenty of ice, well over a foot.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ice Fishing Derby

Looking forward to fishing the Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Derby with my brother again this year.  Should be lots of fun.  I'll post pictures of any good fish caught.  I always enjoy healthy competition.

Northeast Kingdom Fishing Derby

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter Fishing

Ok, winter time is when I switch from Bass fishing to targeting Northerns through the ice.  Here I caught a two decent Northerns, off golden shiners, while fishing in Keelers Bay.

Lake Willoughby, Westmore,VT

Lake Willoughby, Westmore,VT
Huge Lake Trout Here

Lake Seymour, Morgan,VT

Lake Seymour, Morgan,VT
Unbelievable Fishery