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kcritch 04-09-2018 08:10 PM

A cold Susky Trip
 
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Late report but just got the pics off my wife's phone and I know how you guys love the porn so I didn't want to disappoint. Calm down I mean the fish porn...you guys are disgusting. :D:D:D

Anyway...Hit the Susquehanna on March 27th and 28th a bit north of Harrisburg. First morning 28 degrees winds 15 to 20 straight up river so no land to give us a break...but at least it was raining a bit! It was chilly to say the least. Guide knew right where to launch to afford us a short run and the fish Gods were with me so the wife started gettin' em pretty good right away...which basically saved my marriage. It would not have been a very conversation filled evening if she had not caught fish in that kind of weather. If we wanted to move we actually had to use the trolling motor to get the boat to float downstream. Man it was kickin out there. Steady pick all day and we ended up with 52 fish...90% Smallies with a few Eyes thrown in. Next morning was 39 degrees, no wind, and no rain...Sweltering in comparison. Decided to hit the same basic area since the fish were there and we again didn't want to run around too much. Morning started slow...yeah right...for about 10 minutes. Then they were on again and we landed over 60 fish that day. That is one awesome river. Great trip all around. And if I don't have the best wife in the world she sure is damn close...really proud of her to tough it out like that. I'm a lucky man I tell ya. If you haven't fished it I highly recommend it. PM me if you want any info. Now the pics to prove it.

Jigman13 04-09-2018 08:48 PM

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Wow. Killer trip Ken. That's serious catching!

icebadger 04-09-2018 11:55 PM

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you are a lucky man indeed. you two did well great report those smallies are very nice plus a couple of eye as a bonus great trip

NJSquatch 04-10-2018 07:24 AM

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great report...

steady action is the cure-all for what ales you...

JDTuna 04-10-2018 07:31 AM

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Awesome report, Ken! Arms must have been sore after that one.

thmyorke1 04-10-2018 08:54 AM

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Oh damn. Amazing trip.

FASTEDDIE29 04-10-2018 12:35 PM

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Ken!!! Thatís a serious amount of fish considering the weathers been a bit chilly. Holy moly man!!! Friggin awesome trip all around. Beautiful BRONZEBACKS and Walleye all around. YEA BUDDY!!!!:D

AndyS 04-10-2018 04:08 PM

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The most amazing thing about this post (aside from the fact it only took almost 2 weeks to post) is the Smallmouth bass feeding heavily in damn near 40 degree water !! Is there a warm water discharge that lights these fish up ??
We all know SMB practically shut down in the cold water and here you are slaying them, what up with that.
Nice looking fish all around. When I think of smallies I think cool evenings in June or mid October. Great report Uncle Ken !!

kcritch 04-11-2018 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by AndyS (Post 505384)
The most amazing thing about this post (aside from the fact it only took almost 2 weeks to post) is the Smallmouth bass feeding heavily in damn near 40 degree water !! Is there a warm water discharge that lights these fish up ??
We all know SMB practically shut down in the cold water and here you are slaying them, what up with that.
Nice looking fish all around. When I think of smallies I think cool evenings in June or mid October. Great report Uncle Ken !!

This was all about the guide knowing the river, the fish patterns and what technique would be best. The fish were still in there winter mode due the cold so they were holding up in "deeper" slower water. 5 to 7 feet is deep in that area. We were using small plastics (grubs, stickbaits, etc.) in natural colors on small 1/8 to 1/4 oz jig heads. The wind would not let us go lighter. Just slow drag/bouncing on the bottom was the trick. Braided line with a 6 lb flouro leader was key to detecting bites. I should have put this in my original post...I usually try to let folks know what was working but just forgot to this time.

Skunk City 04-11-2018 03:37 PM

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Wow, great trip and quality pics Ken!


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