Friday, February 24, 2017
It got to be almost 80 degrees today. The bats have been out every evening this week. I had to put the air on in the truck today! Well, with the mild weather I scouted out some local trout waters and did not see a fish. A quick stop at some of the pickerel holes produced a couple fish, so that is the only game in town until spring trout stocking or the March first opening of striped bass fishing in the bay.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
We tried to get offshore last week, but no one showed at the boat. We could have gone over the weekend but decided to spend three days exploring the woods. We drove around the local state parks, through the forest on sand roads looking for wildlife and new fishing spots. We saw Bald Eagles and wintering Tundra Swans in some cool backwoods ponds. Monday, I tried a new spot Evelyn picked out and had five dink pickerel in a few casts. From there we went exploring and found a clear lake and some large mouth bass that would not bite. Just starting to learn the area and much more exploring is in order.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I hear there is a lot of snow north of the Driscoll bridge. It just started snowing here, and if I tried hard, there might be enough to make a snow ball. Yesterday it was 70 degrees, and it made you feel like making a few casts. We did the next best thing, and took a ride to Tackle Direct to check out all the new fishing gear. On the way home, we realized the Bass Pro Shop was on the way and we made a stop there. We will be going back soon as you need a day to see the whole place. They have lots of cool antique hunting and fishing gear on display, as well as all the local salt water fish and waterfowl. It was the first time I ever saw a taxidermy mount of a ling! A pretty cool place to spend a day this time of year to shake off cabin fever.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
We tried one last time before tying up the Skylarker until April. Two small cod, some trash and not a single blackfish came aboard. Capt. Steve ran the Big Mohawk and had a better bite Friday. About fifty blackfish were caught, but only five were of legal size. Better days are coming.