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Sunday's results would have been epic. 3 brook trout in the 2lb plus class and a togue  (lake trout) over 5lbs. Bright bluebird sky light and variable winds water warming to 46. 10 fish limit on Mousam 4 trout 4 bass for the loss. No one had a limit ....1 team with 9, 2 teams with 8. We did better on Damariscotta with 7 for 20.66 and a 2cnd. So finished in the black for the weekend. Jerked all weekend expect to do that again on Great Pond, Saturday. Reports that it is on fire. Can't wait.

Fishing Photos Forum / Last night's sunset....check out cloud on left
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:31:18 PM »
Eagle with a fish?

The Hawg Forum / Deep pike
« on: December 03, 2016, 10:40:24 PM »

Dale and I fished Great Pond yesterday. He caught this one in 55 ' on a silver buddy. I caught one not quite as big on a drop shot. Water was 42 degrees and fishing a little slow. All fish were deep 35 foot plus. 18 smallies 2 pike. Most fish very tight to bottom and slow to bite and if you could get one to commit more would follow. We caught 5 or 6 in the span of a few minutes several times throughout the day. Gorgeous day for December

The Hawg Forum / The ends of the earth
« on: September 22, 2016, 10:09:41 PM »
When you search for that discontinued color on that favorite bait. This arrived from the Ukraine (they have fish there...really?) Right color wrong bait. Probably won't return though. Hope I don't fall in love with it. Wh a t if it works?

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / I need to "fun" fish more often
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:19:57 PM »
This time of year my fishing is all about tournaments....either in one or prepping for an upcoming one. Yesterday I spent the day on China Lake getting ready for Saturday and came home even more clueless if that was possible. We lost there last weekend by 25 pounds (we had a limit too) Totally frustrating day and not particularly fun. A friend called and wanted to do the Belgrades, Mesalonski in the morning Great Pond in the afternoon. Light and variable winds bright skies 85 degrees perfect! We had a smallie bonanza top water all day spinnerbaits all day2 1/2 - 3lb smallies crushing explosive strike aerobatics with lots of meaningless lost fish and miss strikes. Fish were on flats in both lakes 7-12  foot. We ended the day with 50 smallies 3 pike ( one we fed to an eagle so cool) 25 in the Morning on Mesalonski 25 in the afternoon on GP. Dale was on fire with the chug bug I burned a spinnerbait. We might have been able to break the 100 mark had we boated all that struck. I broke 3 spinnerbaits and stopped adding a trailer hook after the first. Anyway, a fun fun day. Back to tournaments Saturday. Pressure back on we are tied for first in the trail. Want sole possession! Today was a nice break. Needed it.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Great day on Kezar Lake
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:37:49 PM »
I didn't fish but had a great day. Last minute addition to the boaters taking kids out from Bass camp at Bryant Pond a 4H/University of Maine program. Glad I said yes when I got the call seeking volunteers. Had a blast. Two great kids who absolutely love fishing. Had been studying bass all week and were focused on catching bass rather than Pokemon. I came away with hope for mankind. Lol Brought me back 40 or so years. The kids caught a few giants that should never have got to the net. 10lb line wimpy rods and a pathetic net man. First time on Kezar for me in decades....I will go back. Definitely will volunteer next year...might do whole week. Wish Bass Camp was an option for me back in the day but then again that was my summer; a pole a bike and a row boat on the river. Got to relive that for a few hours. A great day.

The Hawg Forum / 8 ball in the corner pocket
« on: April 27, 2016, 06:51:49 PM »

Unfortunately not a bass

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Stuck pig!
« on: April 16, 2016, 08:04:00 PM »
as in bled like hear guys on TV say "choked it" well this one had a perfect rogue with all three sets of trebles in the mouth with the tail hooks through the gills. Hope he makes it; we could use him next weekend.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Boatless bank trash get on the water
« on: April 15, 2016, 09:12:03 PM »
My boat is at the shop for another week or so. Couldn't stand it ....... borrowed a friend's Ranger 178 that he has as a spare boat. Everybody should have two. :hmm: This one is a cool ride that fishes big. Very windy today the boat handled it well. Made the mistake of raving about it in front of the wife...she says downsize? I say no. I say two? She says no  (giggle). Worth a shot.

Anyway, water on North Pond 44 to 47 degrees and the Jerk bait bite was on. We were looking for some big smallie but caught some good fish but no giants.  Here are some of the better ones.

The Hawg Forum / FG Knot
« on: January 24, 2016, 09:02:55 PM »
I have been hearing a lot about this knot and a friend of mine tried showing it to me last spring. I saw it once on land and again saw him do it on the water. Looked way to complicated. 10 wraps one way 10 wraps another some half hitches one way and then another. Anyway, I decided to give it a try  this week in my living room and looked it up on youtube. After watching various contortions using teeth and feet I remembered  The way JP first showed me.  Anyway, the knot isn't that bad to tie, very thin and should go through the guides the best. It is based on a Chinese figure knot and the harder you pull on it the tighter it gets. Anyway here is the tip. The main line braid needs to be under tension. Your foot your teeth, a rod in a rod holder or you can tie a loop in the braid and put it over the reel handle like this:

Anyway, I think I have got it down and looking forward to using it on the water. Watched 3 different YouTube and would have shelved it.

The Hawg Forum / Punching
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:16:46 PM »
Bite  has been off for me this week so worked on punching hyacinth mats.

Upped the weight to 2 Oz today. Didn't  really  make that much difference over the 1 1/2 I had been using....they don't give those suckered away.

Here is the best one for today. You can see the mats to the left. Head home shortly. Back in a few weeks.

Getting the feel for this kind of fishing. Can't wait to find a mat with giants.

The Hawg Forum / First 5 plus of 2016
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:07:27 PM »
1700 miles later day one of this trip 10 minutes in ;D on a swim jig easy swimmer trailer. Could post a pic of first "terminal" backlash of 2016 (brand new braid) but don't want to rain on my own parade (giggle)

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / It says not to be used for navigation
« on: December 23, 2015, 08:18:39 PM »
Glad we had a well worn path to follow. Fog so thick couldn't see shore all day.
First time on Great Pond in December...Fishing was good catching a disappointment.  Only combined for 6 bass 1 pike. Silver buddies, Ripping Rap and Keitech 3.8 fat. 20-40. Bait and fish tight to bottom and very inactive.

Fishing Tackle & Equipment Reviews / Catching deep water bass
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:16:43 PM »

I have used several fizzing tools and this one is hands down the best; effective and easy to use. Others that I have used clogged or very slowly released air. In a tournament last month I fizzled every fish before putting in live well. Easy less than a minute, can hear air escape and fish all swam away. Got these from Amazon this week less than $10. If you catch them deep highly recommend.

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