Piketoberfest 2011

16 12 2011

This year Jon and I were able to take our grandfather out and join in CTFisherman.com’s Piketoberfest.  We fisher all mourning on the lower CT river in search of gators.  Here is the one I came up with.

Caught it on this





J.T.’s Bachelor Party

16 12 2011

This summer we got a chance to get out on the Sound with our friends for J.T.’s bachelor party.  We hit the race for some drifting, trolled some jigs, trolled with the umbrella rigs and finished vertical jigging in 80 ft of water.  We killed them all day and had a great time.  I loved it when the captain let us jig and I was able to pull out my light spinning tackle for some great action.





Canada 2011

16 12 2011

On our 2011 trip to the Big Rideau we added even more new faces.  This years fisherman included Stephen Peters, Jon Bartholomew, Jon Davis, Jim Ritter, P.J. Sweet and Victor Kirby.  Fishing was better than 2010 but not as good as 2009.  We caught a lot more pike this year and our patience on the water helped us find fish.

 





Canada 2010

16 12 2011

It has been a VERY long time since I posted and I wanted catch the world up to speed on our fishing adventures.  Back in 2010 we made our annual pilgrimage to the Big Rideau with 4 guys.  Stephen Peters, Jon Bartholomew, Jim Ritter and Mike Frederick.  This year we went when the water was much hotter and the fish were harder to find.  We still had a great time and caught a few good fish.





Gardner Lake Produces!

7 06 2010

Saturday morning we took my Grandfather’s boat down to his slip at Gardner Lake for the season.  He keeps the boat here because he can easily get in and out using the dock.  I forgot my camera so I had to resort to the cell phone.  In about 3 hours each of us had about 8 fish.  My Grandfather was trolling with his Rapala SR5 while Jon and I casted the white jigs.  Jon was using a larger 1/4 ounce jig with a 3″ grub twisted tail and I was using a 1/8 ounce jig with a 2″ tail.  The pickerel were going crazy in about 7.5″ of water.  Grandpa picked up a really nice 19″ walleye as well.  We caught pickerel, yellow perch, sunfish, walleye and  largemouth.


This pickerel created a crazy picture by trying to jump out of Jon’s hands just as I took this shot.





Sunday Morning at Mansfield Hollow Reservoir

16 05 2010

With my partner in crime attending a wedding in Pennsylvania, I called my wife’s grandfather and asked if he wanted to try his luck with the old rod and reel.  We decided on a lazy Sunday morning, didn’t get on the water until 9 am, at Mansfield Hollow Reservoir.  I had never fished Mansfield before, but read it was the best lake in eastern Connecticut for pike.  We launched the boat and started trolling South along the shoreline.  I was surprised to see the depth was averaging about 13′, but we were picking up  plenty of fish on the Lowrance.  Unfortunately what we saw on the small screen wasn’t translating to fish in the boat.  We continued to slowly troll the shoreline and eventually picked up some big crappie and yellow perch, but none of the pike we were targeting.  We continued to work several coves, but only boated more yellow perch.  We finally packed it in around noon.  Overall, it was a good first trip to Mansfield Hollow and the fact there is a 8 mph speed limit and no residential development on the shore makes it a beautiful lake.  I’m planning on talking Stephen into hitting in up in the near future with the canoe.





Failure: When your best just isn’t good enough

14 05 2010

Last night Jon and I decided to take the 13′ canoe out onto Keeney Cove and we failed.  Keeney Cove is a small sheltered cove off of the Connecticut River in Glastonbury.  With the deepest spots hitting on 12′ and lots of weeds we figured it would produce something.  Immediately after pushing away from the shore we began to see surface hits.  We proceeded to throw everything we had in order to entice a bite but nothing worked.  X-rap, crank bait, spinner bait, buzz bait, swim bait and surface plugs all failed.  As we moved deeper into the cove the surface hits started to get out of control.  It was then that we realized the splashes had to be the herring that move into the coves this time of year to spawn.  Frustrated with our lack of success we grabbed our paddles and made our way down to the mouth of the cove where we also could not get a bite.  Jon did manage to boat a small white perch so we did not totally get skunked.








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