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The Hawg Forum / Some New Species to Fish For?
« on: September 15, 2022, 10:08:08 AM »
Where I live now there is a monstrous body of water called the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW). There is a public launch located less than 2 miles from my house!

The ICW is saltwater, so there are no LMB or SMB in it. But there is a massive population of Red Drum (Redfish).

Redfish behave much like LMB and can be caught on many of the same baits as LMB, including topwater baits  :yes:

My wife and I both have bought kayaks since moving here, so now that the weather is starting to cool down a tad I might spend some time pursuing these fish. They look like a blast for sure!

Here's a sample of the action!

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Rain in North Carolina
« on: September 06, 2022, 02:14:00 PM »
One of the things I've learned about living in North Carolina is that it very, very rarely rains lightly here in the south!

Rain here comes down in monster drops, a lot at a time  :o :o

Streets go from bone-dry to having little rivers running down the sides of them in just two or three minutes.

There have been times when I have been out driving in my car or truck and have had to practically come to a slow crawl because I couldn't see beyond 30 feet in front of me.

Today has been one of those days. We had tons of clouds blowing by us, and then the skies opened up and it poured for about 10-15 minutes. It ended with a few rolls of thunder, and now the sun is back out. It kind of reminds me of weather that I've experienced in Florida in the past.

I have some video of some of this. I will post it here sometime soon!

The Hawg Forum / Checking In
« on: September 04, 2022, 03:23:41 PM »
Hey gang!

It's been a while since I've posted or participated in a thread. Life here in NC has kept me oh so busy; much busier than I had anticipated.

Believe it or not, I've only had my boat out once since arriving here in December. My first couple of months were pretty intense with projects to get moved in and settled.

January and February flew by, and then March was cold and windy so I opted only to fish some small ponds from shore, catching a few good quality bass.

Then, I finally took the boat out in May, to the best local bass lake in my area. I managed to spend 4 hours out that day before the sun got too hot and we packed it in. But I did land one decent bass and lost another one that looked to be over 3 lbs.

After that, I dove back into more home projects that took up the rest of my summer. On top of that, the heat here is pretty brutal during the day, so I opted to stay off the water for that reason as well.

Because I don't know the lake well, I chose also not to fish at night for safety reasons.

Now that September is rolling in, I'm hoping to start getting out there again on a more frequent basis so I can learn the water.

The lake I plan on learning has no map available, so I bought a Zero Line SD card for my Helix, which allows me to map the lake as I fish it. I believe that will be helpful. Time will tell.

Once I start getting out there I'll begin posting again.

In the meantime, I hope everyone back in New England is doing well.  :nod: :)

The Hawg Forum / Possible NY State Record Smallmouth Caught!
« on: June 17, 2022, 03:19:54 PM »
 :o :o

What a beast of a smallmouth!

Read the article here:

The Hawg Forum / 85 Degrees and Catching Bass!
« on: May 15, 2022, 05:51:13 PM »
I made my first trek to Sutton lake today, which is 30 minutes from my house. It's a 1000 acre power plant cooling lake.

I'd never been on it prior to today, so this trip was purely exploration and learning, trying to put some puzzle pieces together.

We didn't start fishing until shortly after 8 AM, so the sun was already high in the sky and it was heating up fast.

Over the course of 4 hours, I landed one bass and dropped another one that was bigger than this one. It looked like probably around 3 lbs. It came unbuttoned about 4 feet from the boat  :facepalm:

My wife also had a couple bites, but never got to see what they were.

By the time we left at 12:30 PM, it was 85 degrees  :o

All in all, not a bad start to my NC fishing adventures.

The Hawg Forum / Since I Moved to NC
« on: February 28, 2022, 08:22:03 PM »
Since I moved to NC, I have learned that the winter here is typically only about 6 weeks or so in length, and it is obviously much milder than winter in RI.

Christmas day was 75 degrees. Then, after January started, we started having more winter-like temperatures. But we never had temperatures  under 20 degrees at night. And the only snow we had was on two different days. Once we got 1/2 inch or less. On another day we had a dusting. We also had one ice storm.

That was it for winter precipitation here.

Even when we were having colder days, we always seemed to have a day or two each week at least into the 50s, and sometimes in the 60s. Every once in a while we would have a 70 degree day.

Now that we're moving into March, the last couple of weeks has been a steady increase in temps. We had two days in the last week or so that were 80.

Today topped out in the high 50s, and now the forecast for the next 10 days in the 60s or higher.

I know it's extremely hot here in the summer, but for me it's a good trade-off to get me out of the miserable temperatures in RI.

And on top of that all, I have actually been able to catch some bass from shore in small neighborhood ponds during the last couple of weeks, even though I haven't yet had time to get the boat on the local lakes here.

I can honestly say that living here will now allow me to fish 12 months per year with no problem at all.

Fishing Photos Forum / My First NC Bass!
« on: February 18, 2022, 01:44:20 PM »
Well, I finished up work early yesterday, and it was a gorgeous 70+ degree day here, with sunshine and light breezes, so I headed out to fish a couple small neighborhood ponds, in search of my very first NC bass.

Here are the results.

Both bass were caught on a spinnerbait, but in two different ponds.

It felt good to catch a couple, especially with them being respectable sizes of 3 lbs. and 2 1/2 lbs.  ;D

The Hawg Forum / Peep Frogs
« on: February 16, 2022, 06:53:15 PM »
As my wife and I sit on the back patio, we're enjoying the fire and listening to the distant sounds of peep frogs. And it's not even March yet  (giggle)

I think I like this  :yes:

The Hawg Forum / I Think It Followed Me
« on: January 20, 2022, 10:35:32 AM »
It seems like the cold weather must have followed me to NC  (giggle)

Not really. It's been great here overall, with many days in the los, and even some in the 70s. But we're supposed to have some freezing rain and ice over the next couple of days, and then a streak of weather in the 40s each day.

Based on the weather patterns, though, that will likely be the worst we will see of the winter here.

I've been checking on the weather back in RI from time to time, and it makes me glad I left when I did.  :nod:

Stay warm everyone!

The Hawg Forum / A New Chapter, but Not in the Northeast
« on: December 28, 2021, 10:39:37 AM »
Well, after working our butts off for the last 6-8 weeks, my wife and I left RI on 12-16 to make the 750 mile drive to NC, where we bought and moved into a new home.

We are no longer living in the northeast, but I will continue to run this site and make posts as I learn new waters here in NC.

We are just about settled into the new house, so I hope to get out on the water sometime in the next couple of weeks.

The weather here is drastically different than RI. We had mid 70s on Christmas day, and today is supposed to be in the low 70s. I think I can like this   (giggle) :nod:

I hope everyone is staying warm!

Ice Conditions / Ice Conditions 2021-2022
« on: November 28, 2021, 01:02:38 PM »
I drove through an area today with a marsh and saw skim ice on most of it.

It has begun  :facepalm:  :crying:

The Hawg Forum / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:25:47 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you have a great day  ;D

The Hawg Forum / Been Doing a Lot of Scouting
« on: November 23, 2021, 03:04:25 AM »
I've been spending a fair amount of time recently scouting out the new area I will be living in in NC.

There looks to be a fair amount of good bass water there in a handful of lakes, but also some tidal rivers that hold good bass as well.

Looks like I've got some serious exploring to do once we get there!   :nod:

The Hawg Forum / Where it's Warmer
« on: November 07, 2021, 07:53:14 AM »
Well gang, my wife and I have bought a new house in NC and we're moving south!

No more snow for us, starting in late December.

I've lived in New England all my life, but it's time for a new chapter in a land where it's warmer and where the bass growing season is basically year round  :D

Our new house is being built and should be ready for us to move in just before Christmas.

The community where the house is located is a former golf course, so there are small ponds scattered throughout the neighborhood, and I have been told that the ponds have bass in them. I was there back in October and saw a school of tens of thousands of small baitfish moving around in one of those ponds, so that was a good sign  :yes:

There are also lots of water bodies within an hour or less with good bass fishing, so I should be all set when it comes to that  (giggle)

We don't have a definite moving date yet, since our house here in still on the market, but we don't expect it to take long for it to sell.

More to come as things progress!

The Hawg Forum / Took the Win This Weekend!
« on: June 07, 2021, 09:40:51 AM »
I fished in a club tourney this past weekend.

The first half hour was dead, but I made a change to my presentation and it worked for me for the rest of the day!

I bagged 17 1/4 lbs., including these nice bass!

The biggest was a tad over 5 1/2. The smaller of the two was 4 3/4 lbs.

It was a great day on the water   :yes:

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