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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 Rye Lake with Steve. Just about a carbon copy of 2 weeks ago at RL. Plenty of action, a few nice fish and roughly 35 bass boated.
    Happy fishermen:
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    Started using a larger size barbless circle hook for my worm fishing because I don't like having a fish swallow a hook. We use a lot of Gary Yamamoto 5" senkos. I don't know what Gary puts in those things but the fish like them better than live bait. I've had fish steal them off my hook. I've landed smallmouths that were puking up shiners that somehow decided to swallow my worm as well. I get intense when the worm hits the water and get impatient letting it sink because I don't want a fish to grab it before I'm ready to hook it.
    All of which lead me to try to hook a big largemouth too soon; I didn't get a good set and the fish fought it's way off the hook. Of course my biggest fish opportunity of the day.
    Great happy hour as usual and a beautiful day. The troll home
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