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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckstah View Post
    I left NH for the first time in over 2 months today to open up my summer cottage on Cape Cod. Strolled to the end of the street to a schoolies striper fest. 12-24 inch fish were hitting anything on the surface. To bad it wasn't me, as I didn't have equipment ready. Tomorrow.
    Same in LI sound my buddy Rich's boat went in yesterday and of course it's raining today.



    Going to the NYC reservoirs tomorrow looking for black bass and walleye.

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    Went out in the rowboat on Sodom reservoir on 5/24. Got out at 1pm and fished areas close to the boat spot the first 2.5 hours. Landed 2 good sized smallmouths. Rowed back for Mike at 3:30 and we fished extensively until about 8pm. Mike landed a couple of smallmouths and about a dozen yellow perch. I landed 3 more 15" or so smallmouths but lost a big smallmouth at the small island late in the day. Fish went berserk on me and jumped and tail walked all over before getting off. That was one pissed off fish.
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    I enjoy fishing for smallmouths more than most other fish. It's a fish with real attitude and great fight. That was a good first day of bass fishing for the year, better than most.

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    Back out on 6/8 fishing for bass on the reservoir. Largemouths were active and biting at a variety of plastic worms and crankbaits.

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    Smallmouths were another matter. Starting the bass season with a typically picky attitude. Fished the mounds in the eastern cove and hooked 2 smallies both of which barely took the lure and then got off. Then that deep water pattern shut down and the smallmouths stopped biting. As the sun started to lose intensity at about 6:30 I spotted the surface action picking up. At the small island the smallmouth surface action got almost ridiculous as they were rising everywhere. But I couldn't hook the fish, they weren't really biting at the lure just kind of attacking it without biting. Exciting and very frustrating. Twice I threw casts that landed on the water followed closely by smallmouths launching out of the water without even moving towards the lure. Never did land one.

    That behavior will stop as the weather warms up more.

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    6/12 first day out this season on Rye Lake. Steve and I caught some perfect weather and good bass fishing. Smallmouths were aggressive with the warmer weather, so aggressive you had to hook them as soon as they took the worm or they would swallow the hook. Caught a few nice largemouths as well. Nothing really big, so no pics. But it was a fun day with constant fish action and good overall numbers. The two of us together must have boated 35-40 bass.

    Heading out in the morning tomorrow with Mike on the EB.

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    6/14 on the EB with Mike. A very similar day to Friday but at least 10 degrees cooler. And that did not help the bass fishing. But the white and yellow perch were biting so we did have some action. I also managed to boat the only bass of the day, a very nice 4 lbs. smallmouth:

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    We fished the 6:30am to noon slot and I would not be surprised if the afternoon fishing was better as it got warmer. Summer is upon us.

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    6/19 EB solo. Sunny and warm. Constant and gusty S-SE wind. Caught 1 13" largemouth and an almost impossibly small 3" sunny. S-SE wind just no good for fishing the EB efficiently. A lot of good rowing work. Only good thing about that wind is that it blew me directly back to the boat spot at the end of my day at 8.

    I made a large positive deposit into the good fishing karma bank yesterday that will pay off at some future date.

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    6/26-RL with Steve. A duplicate of our trip 2 weeks ago, good action and about 35 fish boated between the two of us.

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    7/5-EB solo. A carbon copy of my trip 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately. 1 small largemouth and 1 sunny boated. Hot, sunny, and still. I think there is a measure of organic pollution affecting the EB this time of the year. There are housing subdivisions upstream of the mouth of the East Branch entering the reservoir. Those folks love their green lawns and chemical fertilizers. All of which runs off into the river/res. The water in the EB is green in color and full of muck on the surface. Bad for fishing. We need a lot more rain to help dilute that problem.

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    actually rain exasperates the runoff from the homes. We find on our lake the the less rain the better the water as everything settles

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    Quote Originally Posted by 180 View Post
    actually rain exasperates the runoff from the homes. We find on our lake the the less rain the better the water as everything settles
    I see what you're saying. There are two other small creeks that feed the reservoir where there is no development. The real problem is that the East Branch is a NYC reservoir and not one of the bigger ones so its' level fluctuates often. It has been dropping rapidly in the last month. Without rain it drops even faster exacerbating the problem. And while heavy rain probably does increase the runoff from the main river those other creeks make up for that and more with fertilizer free runoff.

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    7/17-RL with Steve.

    Weird day. Cloudy and cool all morning and early afternoon. Cloudy the whole ride down to Rye Lake. Blazing sun and heat the second we put the boat in the water. Blazing sun and heat the whole time we fish up until about 8:00. I make the comment that since the clouds screwed us by disappearing while we fished we should head back in because those clouds will come back to rain on us. We get back to the boat spot and the drizzle begins. I closed my trunk and got into my car just as the downpour was unleashed followed by lightening and thunder. Always an adventure.

    We did OK and caught some bass so it was a good trip. Tough to sit in the sun and heat. Time to spend some early morning time fishing.

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