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Fishing 2022

JimG.

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Bog Brook 4/22/22-So I had planned on going fishing with my friends Richard and Steve on Friday 4/22 but Belleayre blew my mind and reopened so I went skiing instead.

Richard and Steve went to Bog Brook in search of early season bass. Great weather but It was a tough day fishing and no bass were landed. But Steve did manage to catch a very nice brown trout:

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He laughed when I asked him what lure he used; he reminded me of a late season day at Pepacton last year when I couldn't buy a bite from a fish and put on a #4 Vibrax out of desperation and proceeded to clean up. I caught a brown around that same size that day. Glad to see the good fishing luck getting spread around a bit.
 

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East Branch Reservoir 5/1-Rich G. and I went for a row around the EB. Did a lot of trolling and casting but the water seemed cold still and we caught nothing. Didn't get a bite or see a fish in fact. Tried all my favorite lures, not even a nibble.

Bog Brook 5/5-Rich N., Steve and I went out on Bog Brook. Gorgeous weather around 70 and a reasonable breeze blowing from the NW. I have had good luck the past few seasons fishing with a plastic worm (Yamamoto 5" Senko) at BB. So I tied on a worm and got confused looks from my fishing partners. "Too cold still for worms". To me the trick is not what you fish but where you fish it. During the spawn just annoying a fish by dropping a lure on it's head is enough to get aggressive bites. That's mostly just dumb luck but fishing shallows near deep drops seems to work for me. A nice smallmouth bass about 3.5 lbs:
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A very nice largemouth bass about 4 lbs:
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Caught 3 other bass all about 2 lbs. Steve and Rich of course tried the worm after seeing me land these but they just didn't have the confidence in that lure that I have on this specific impoundment. They eventually tied on spinners and Steve landed a decent trout and Rich another nice smallmouth at the end of our day about 100 yards from the boat spot:
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Just goes to show that if you keep your lure in the water and don't give up good things can happen. Really great to fish with Rich N. he had a major health scare the past 2 years and recently received a clean bill of health. Looking forward to more fishing days with these guys this year. Great early season fishing action!
 

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Bog Brook 5/12-went out with Rich G. and Steve. First hour and a half was pretty good. Rich caught a few largemouths on a brown senko. Steve caught a few bass. I caught a decent fish on a large jointed shad rap:
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Then those nice clouds disappeared and it got sunnier and hot. And the fishing slowly died. We were off the water at 7.
 

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Rye Lake 5/20-Strange weather made for difficult fishing. First the wind from the east blowing hard at times. I drove south to Rye Lake in clouds and drizzle. Clouds and wind as we pushed off. Then patches of blue sky. Then blazing sunshine and no clouds. Actually felt hot for 5 minutes. Then the east wind cranked up again and some clouds returned. Then it got cloudy and humid. Just before the rain started. All in about 2 and a half hours.
That's when Steve caught this big largemouth:
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Other than that nice catch we got a few disinterested hits and hooked no other fish. At that point it started raining pretty hard and we headed back. Rainy and windy the whole row back to the boat spot. We emptied the boat and locked it up and got ready to leave. At which point the wind died and it stopped raining. So we hung out at shore and had a few beers. Not a great day of fishing but there will be a payback day soon I'm sure.
 

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Rye Lake 5/26-Good day fishing with Steve today. I caught 10 smallmouth bass, nothing really big but all decent sized. Steve had similar action. Great fishing from 3:00 to about 6:00pm then the bite seemed to diminish and end. In the car headed home at 7:30.

I always really enjoy days with consistent fishing action. No pics today it was a quantity over quality day.
 
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