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General Non-Fishing Chatter / Re: No Snow This Year in November!
« on: November 24, 2022, 09:57:31 AM »
Hope to get the boat out Friday. Past week has been cold and windy but warming up a little now.

I hope you do! Time is winding down there  :crying:

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Re: No Snow This Year in November!
« on: November 23, 2022, 11:54:42 AM »
Not in a hurry to see that stuff ;D

I don't blame you!

Did you put your boat away yet?

General Non-Fishing Chatter / No Snow This Year in November!
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:11:08 AM »
I was going back through some old photos and saw that in 2009 we had a major snow storm on November 19. Looks like maybe 12-14 inches!

So far, so good for November!

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Re: Fall Weather!
« on: November 14, 2022, 12:14:04 PM »
A little over a week till Thanksgiving and water temps still close to 60.  Although that will change fast now!

Not too shabby at all! But you're right. They will likely drop like a rock now  (giggle)

Squeeze in as many trips as you can before it's too cold.

General Non-Fishing Chatter / Fall Weather!
« on: November 14, 2022, 10:15:51 AM »
Looks like the fall weather is finally coming!

Summer lasted a lot longer than usual, so this weather is overdue  :yes:

Fishing Photos Forum / Re: My First NC Bass!
« on: November 11, 2022, 08:11:52 AM »

The Hawg Forum / Re: Monster 10 lb. Smallmouth!!
« on: November 07, 2022, 10:08:38 AM »
That thing is a beast for sure!  Lake Erie is a smallmouth factory  8)

I can't even imagine what it must have been like fighting and landing that fish  :nope:

The Hawg Forum / Monster 10 lb. Smallmouth!!
« on: November 06, 2022, 10:51:51 AM »
Ohio angler catches 10-pound Lake Erie smallmouth, sets Great Lakes Record

A monster 10.15 lb. smallmouth was caught on Thursday, November 3 in Lake Erie.

The fish broke a 68 year old record.

You can read the full article here!

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Re: Warm Water still !
« on: November 05, 2022, 10:34:57 AM »
Back out today, air temps 68 and water temps still 58 - 60... and the next few days are going to be even warmer!

And the Bass are still biting  8)    Not bad for November

Glad you guys are catching a break in the weather!

Still plenty warm here too! 76 yesterday, a high of at least that forecast for today as well. Still out in shorts and short sleeves most days.

The Hawg Forum / Got The Kayaks Out Today
« on: November 04, 2022, 02:25:48 PM »
My wife and I took our kayaks out this morning for a couple hours on the ICW (Intra-Coastal Waterway).

We wanted some fresh air and exercise, and I wanted to take a stab at catching some red drum (Redfish).

We found one area that was loaded with fish, but they weren't interested in any topwater today. Because this trip was spur of the moment, I only brought one rod with one lure  ::)

Before I head back out there, I'm gonna be putting a little tackle bag together so I can bring a few different baits. I can't want to hook into my first red!

The Hawg Forum / Can't Believe it's Been Almost a Year!!
« on: October 31, 2022, 03:08:28 PM »
It's late October. And it's been just over a year since we put a deposit on our new home in NC and began planning for our move away from RI.

Since arriving here in late December, I have literally only had my boat out once  :o

But, the small ponds in our neighborhood have been the thing that has kept me fishing, even when we were too busy to take the boat out.

I haven't landed any giants yet. But my wife and I have both landed bass in the 3 lb. class, which isn't too shabby for small ponds being fished from shore.

Here are a few pics from the last few weeks.

This is my wife, goofing off after catching a really nice fish right before dark.

Here are a couple that I caught yesterday afternoon. There are a couple humps in this particular pond. During the summer when the water got really low, both humps grew grass on top of them. Then, when the water came back up when we had rain, the humps got covered back up with water, and the water made its way into the grass. The baitfish in the pond love this because they can hang in the grass to take refuge. Of course, the bass love this too, because they can corral the baitfish in the edge of the grass and chow down.

I caught both of these fish by fishing patiently around the grass on one of the humps.

Caught this nice one from shore back in February, on a spinnerbait on a windblown shoreline.


Looking forward to catching more, especially from the boat.

Northeast US Lake Conditions / Re: Warm Water still !
« on: October 26, 2022, 11:05:46 AM »
That's pretty crazy for sure! Still warm enough to catch bass after dark  ;)

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 / Re: Last few weeks
« on: September 06, 2022, 10:25:28 AM »
Those are all nice fish! You can never complain when you're catching bass like that  :thumbup: :thumbup:

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