Archive for November, 2006

Glen Lake – November 18, 2006

November 20, 2006

Went to Glen Lake today with my other best friend – my daughter Jennifer. Wanted to get out for a bit and not have a long drive. Glenn Lake is just that places for me us.

Air temps in the high 40s and water between 49-54 degrees. Wind was N NW at 5-7 MPH. We were out on the water a little after 10 and tried silver buddy fishing the points on the sunny side of the lake. Total count for the day was 1 largemouth bass, 1 white perch, 1 yellow perch, and a lot of crappie. Jenn got a very impressive crappie halfway through the day. She caught about half of that mix and had another fish on later in the day that was making that rod bend in half. She lost it before either of us could see it.

Jenn Glen Lake

We left the water around 2. Or tried to anyways. You would think that we were one of the only people on the lake but there were a few boats out today. And as we neared the ramp there were four guys all loaded up and launching. They spent the better part of 15 minutes trying to start their boat still on the trailer backed into the water. After seeing me waiting they finally pulled it out to let me load up. Even after we put everything away on the boat and drove off they were still trying to start it.

It was a fun day fishing with Jenn. I’m happy that she caught some fish today and also had fun. There is nothing like fishing with my kids. I love it!



Gorham Pond, November 11, 2006

November 11, 2006

Went fishing with my best friend today – my son Ryan. It such was a gorgeous day. The weather was like a warm spring day and I heard “I love you daddy” from mr. smiles all day long. That was amazing to have such a great day together. We both had pleny of fun, laughs, and fish (well Ryan caught most of the fish).

Ryan trolled a dilly worm and I threw a silver buddy, jig, spinnerbait, and a crankbait. I caught one small perch early in the day (actually snagged it) and Ryan got two bigger fish.

The 1st big fish was a huge perch. It was over a pound for sure. I have a photo but not digital so it will have to wait to be posted. We did get it on video and it was impressive for a yellow perch. He even held the fish by the lips this time for the picture. Cool Ryan.

The next fish was a sun fish. That fish hit as soon as we threw it out. Ryan grabbed the rod, listened to me and set the hook when I told him. He did great and reeled in the fish all by himself. Also got this on video. Wow, that was cool to watch him do this by himself.

Ryan with a sunfish

At the end of the day we met this gentlemen that was telling us that his son was Ryan’s age when he started taking him fishing and now his son is 47 and a fishing fanatic. Ryan got to tell the man about his big fish that he caught and he congradulated Ryan for his catch. Nice to meet people like this. Makes you believe the world still has some people worth talking to as a fellow human.

Ryan and his dad

It was an awesome day. Nice weather and great company. Could not have been better. We both had a super blast. After loading the boat on to the trailer, Ryan had to go back down to the boat launch to throw some rocks in.

Ryan at the lauch



Nubanusit Lake, November 04th, 2006

November 4, 2006

Targeted to catch some smallmouth bass vertical jigging at a place with a lot of potential. Big fish, clear water, and the right kind of bait. However, the wind and extremely cold temps will have made this trip a difficult one to achieve the objective.Nelson joined me on this cold day to venture out in search of big smallmouth bass. We took our time at getting out on the water as it was in the 20’s early morning and it was not warming up too quickly either. Braving the cold we launched with the wind in our faces and wrestled the boat to keep it from smashing against the rocks along the shore.

Motoring off we fished a closer spot to avoid a long cold drive. The 1st spot was nice with no wind, the sun in our favor, and calm water to fish. Never fished this spot before but we were all the way north near the inlet from Spoonwood lake. I searched for bait the whole way over to that spot but did not find any. The warm sun and calm water plus my anxiety to fish forced me into just blind fishing this spot. Water temp was about 47 degrees. Winds were a steady north west at about 10 MPH. Water was clear and the sun was bright.

After about and hour and a half later I turned to see Nelson with his 6 foot 6 inch spinning rod and 10 pound line bend in half. He was hooting and hollering “yeah baby”. Fish-on for Nelson I went for the video camera and as I did I heard him say, “is that a trout?” Looking over the gunel I corrected him. No, that is a HUGE trout!

Wow, what a fish. If we did not catch another fish all day then that would of been fine by him. A net job, quick pic, and back in she went. I would guess that was a 5 pound rainbow trout and about 23+ inches. It as fat too. The pictures did not do that fish justice. It was a tall fat fish. Nuff said.

Nelson with a rainbow

The rest of the day was even colder with a run down the to the south end of the lake. We stopped halfway to fish a ledge but nothing doing and the wind was picking up. Hard to stay off of te ledge safely so we headed all the way down to the south end. Ran from the wind down there too. Fished a few places and did not even get a bite. At one point I found what looked like a whole bunch of fish on the bottom. Dropping my camera down I saw nothing. There were some rocks and weeds which may explain the arches on the bottom. It was snowing with flurries for a while with also some heavy cloud cover made it even colder. Water temp as about 42 down at the south end of the lake. Wind grew more north and was about the same speeds.

A stop and go run back up to the north end we were about to leave when I asked Nelson if he wanted to go back to the spot that we were at to start the day and he said yes. 1st cast I banged a smallmouth. Nothing big but a nice bronze color. Nice healthy fish.

That was it, we fished around there for a little while longer with only a few hangups on the bottom for action. Left the lake semi-satisfied that neither of us got skunked and Nelson boated a huge rainbow trout. I know he will never forget that fish. I know I will be thinking about it when I go ice fishing there this winter. 🙂

So while we were outsmarted by weather conditions, the lack of bait, the fish, or even just a bad round of luck today, we still had fun.