I spent some time fishing the Susquehanna River this past Saturday. I was definitely pumped to be on the water after having to take a few weeks off due to the flooding. I also have a new toy. I was able to acquire a new 2012 Wilderness Systems Ride 115 a couple of weeks ago. To my knowledge, it is the first of this new bread of kayak that was shipped to Pennsylvania. I’ll certainly be writing up a review of this kayak once I get a little more seat time in. Thanks to Ed from Tussey Mountain Outfitters in Bellefonte PA for helping to make this happen!
First, lets talk “Cormorant Canoes”. Well, Cormorants are definitely not my favorite water bird but I find it very interesting that these guys seem to always find a way to to be lazy. On this particular day I watched a Cormorant riding a log down river for at least a mile. The bird seemed content to ride along on the log and barely moved a muscle. For all I know the Cormorant is still on that log in the Chesapeake Bay.
Ok.. back to fishing! The water was still a high and muddy but that didn’t seem to bother the fish. A few smallmouth were caught from eddy pockets along the banks. Most fish, however, came from current breaks around the many flooded islands. Smallmouth were positioned at the top of current breaks which usually indicates aggressive feeding.
It was an interesting bite. Smallmouth attacked the huge 1 oz Bubba Spin Magnum with ferocity however they “nipped” at the Predator Craw. As you can see in the picture below one smallmouth managed amputate both the craws claws on one hit! A quick adjustment to a little more slender profile Cold Water Smallie Delight converted missed bites into fish immediately. Lesson of the day. Always listen to what the fish are telling you then make adjustments accordingly.
It was a great day of fishing. I ended up catching double digits in smallmouth bass. No citation fish were caught but much was learned in the high muddy water after the recent flooding.