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Friday, October 21, 2016

A good day...10/21

What a difference a day makes. The fish were biting pretty good but today's chilly weather flipped the feeding switch to on. I guess I caught somewhere around twenty to twenty five smallies and if catching a catfish on a lure is on your bucket list right now is the time. Four shovelhead and three channels in the last two day on a lure. Today what seemed to work best was the original classic curly shad, the pearl with a black back fished on a quarter ounce jighead in current.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

rainy day surprise

Nothing like having a shovel nail your smallmouth grub that your fishing on light spinning tackle....

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Yep that's the bike trail in the background, luckily the bike trail is something like 75+ miles long so I'm thinking my new little hotspot is safe for now. Caught eight in an hour topped off by this 18 incher. Lousy photo, didn't realize till I got home it's tail wasn't straight but was curved back towards me :(   All on a Vic Coomer paddletail on a 1/4 ounce jighead in pretty swift current glued pretty tight to some big rock.


As the water cools the river fishing is heating up. Caught about a dozen tonight in a smaller stream in SW Ohio on Vic's paddletail swimbait fished on a 1/4 ounce jighead.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Last night almost stepped on the biggest snake Ive ever seen outside of a zoo. That's the skinny part of the snake you can see out in the open, if you look off to the right side of the photo you can see part of the thicker part. A gigantic black rat snake that is much longer than I am tall, I'd guess somewhere between seven or eight feet. Needless to say even though I've been known to catch snakes I left this guy completely alone.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

An honor

So I was honored to have my photo with a nice bass and the Aetos Fly Rod and Pflueger Patriarc Reel featured on Plueger's Facebook page. If you don't mind follow the link below to their page and show me some love by "liking" my post. Thanks!!!!
Link to pflueger's page

Monday, September 26, 2016

a long strange trip

So I had three days off. To hunt the opening of Ohio's archery deer season. Just one little problem it was supposed to be in the upper 80's. That's just too hot to deer hunt and enjoy it if you ask me, so I did what comes naturally to me, I fished a lot . I concentrated on the Ohio river and tributaries from Meldhal to Markland. Sat was almost too hot to fish. I spent most of it waist deep trying not to melt. I caught several small hybrids a few channelcats and four or five small smallmouth. Sunday was better. Over the course of the day I caught around ten hybrids, again all smaller, topping out at maybe 20 inches, plus five or six smallmouth. In the last hour of day things got exciting. I was fishing the Prop R topwater and it seemed like a concrete block was thrown on the plug but I never hooked up. Then a fish knocked the plug two feet in the air and again no hookup. Then a good fish hit, probably 24 or 25 inches. As I beached the fish the hooked popped out in like three inches of water with the fish lying on it's side. I fell to my knees trying to grab the fish but it flopped a couple times and was gone! The very next cast a fish slashed at the topwater and was hooked solid. Jump, then another, holy cow it's a smallmouth! A very very long smallmouth. I slipped off the backpack fumbling in the fast darkening light for the tape measure. With the tail pinched right at 20 inches!!!! And very skinny, nothing like the LMR or GMR smallies I was used to. This was for sure the lightest fish this long I've ever caught. With a big head and all that length I wonder how old that fish is. No Fish Ohio though this fish was in southern Indiana. I've never managed a smallie anywhere close to the length of this fish out of the main stem of the Ohio and I was thrilled with the fish. The year of the smallmouth continues...
The next day I was privileged to fish a river about five miles up from the Ohio with two great guys. I forgot to ask them if I could mention their names so I'll just call them Mr. X and Mr. Y. These guys take their hybrids as seriously as I do my smallmouth and it was awesome to fish and talk fishing with them. They also went out of their way to make sure the dumb smallmouth fisherman caught some nice hybrids. Believe it or not the big hybrid in my photo wasn't even the biggest of the day. Mr Y caught one just as big or bigger and Mr. X caught a huge one that was one of the biggest I've ever seen in person. It was a helluva day and a great ending to a great adventure..