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    9/3-RL with Steve.

    Another fishing day that started sunny and quickly clouded up. Tough day, fish were not biting like last week. Worm was useless. The only action was on the surface and the hits were light and hard to see. Small dimples on the water when the lure landed. I had many of these light surface hits and only managed to hook and land 1 fish, a 16" smallmouth that put up a great fight. Steve landed one smallmouth as well. Of course the pressure gradient due to the changing weather had a negative effect.

    As I finished my last on water cocktail at 7:30 the ugly looking clouds arrived. As usual it seems lately we just got back to our cars as the rain started.

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    9/11-RL with Steve.

    Gorgeous day. Breezy and cool. Decent fishing caught a bunch of fish nothing exceptional. Some surface action, a few fish hit on the retrieve. Floating/diving plugs the ticket, worms might be on the shelf until next year.

    As I was finishing my last cocktail I realized bass fishing season is drawing to a close in about a month. May extend the season by doing some trout fishing until skiing starts (mid-November earliest it seems).

    As we got off the lake I'm so used to running around putting the boat away to avoid getting drenched by impending downpours Steve actually had to tell me to slow down.

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    9/17-Pepacton reservoir with Steve.

    Until today it has been a disappointing bass season. Lot's of small fish but few good sized specimens. A lot of hot dry weather, warm water conditions and much difficulty locating and then hooking big fish. As the season draws to an end Steve and I always make a pilgrimage to Pepacton reservoir in the Catskills. This is a huge reservoir and we have found several good areas to fish with waders. But my last time here was not a good day. So I didn't expect much.

    We got to a favorite spot in Arena and the water was low as we expected. But Mill Creek was still running all the way into the reservoir proper. The mouth of the creek enters a bay filled with old roadbeds and foundations (the town of Verona was here before the reservoir). It is possible to follow the road beds and walk out into the water a good distance. So we waded out and started casting into the bay. Within an hour we had landed over a dozen nice bass most of them bigger than any bass we had caught earlier this season. The Big-O (I used silver, Steve the crawdad color) was killing it. So we figured we would check out other spots in this area. And we caught nothing. So we went back to the bay with the creek and caught another 5 or so nice bass. Clearly the fresh moving water and the great structure in that area were the difference.

    Then we decided to go to Cat Hollow to another good spot. But we both agreed that if the fishing there didn't immediately produce we would go back to Arena. After 30 minutes we were back on the road to Arena. It's a 20 minute drive but giving the fish a rest seemed like a good idea. We hiked back out to the bay and back out to our fishing spot. But the Big-O was no longer interesting to the fish. Steve decided to switch to a Rapala and in the next 5 casts he landed 4 nice fish. So I followed suit and switched to a Rapala jointed shad rap. It was the best fishing of the season, even better than the morning. At one point I landed 5 nice bass in 5 casts. And they were getting bigger as we approached sundown. First day this year I had to be dragged off the water.

    All the difficult fishing and the effort we exerted all season with little reward was paid back in one day. When karma smiles on you the fishing is almost as much fun as skiing. Every fish we caught yesterday came from the same spot and there were plenty to keep 2 fishermen happy. Those days are rare. We hiked/waded about 5 miles total yesterday and it was fairly tiring but we were stoked the whole ride home. Got home at about 9:30 and I was passed out by 10. Didn't even bother to eat dinner.



    Great day. A few pics:

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    That was fishing magic. Considering a return trip next week even though there is little chance we will get a bonanza like yesterday.

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