There’s no two ways about it, kayaking and fishing at the same time is not easy. Yes you can get to parts of the body of water you’re fishing that others might not be able to reach but that’s not before you’ve snagged your line on your hat, spun round in circles a million times in the wind and got your backside soaked. Today I went with the two rod approach – dragging one and casting the other. I’d love to tell you that it wasn’t a massively futile effort but I’d be lying. I have no idea what would happen if I actually did manage to catch something large like a big pike while in the kayak but I suspect it might involve me getting wet and losing all my gear not to mention rescue helicopters and emergency crews. To quote Roy Scheider, I think I’m gonna need a bigger boat.
A whole new exercise in multi-tasking for me today – fishing by kayak. Didn’t catch anything which was probably for the best as the wind started to gust quite sharply on the lake. Anticipating some achy shoulders tomorrow!
There truly is some amazing wildlife in Pennsylvania, there is no doubt about it. Getting out fishing means you regularly see many different animals. Just in the last few weeks I’ve seen lots of things we don’t have in the UK – eagles, wild turkeys, groundhogs, a multitude of colorful birds like blue-jays and cardinals and two beavers. If only we’d spotted the beaver a few hours before we started fishing that spot – we might have gone somewhere where there were some fish left. Thanks to Steve who shot the video!
Well for me probably. Low and behold my 3 pound pickerel – a member of the pike family. Lots of sharp teeth, a real freshwater cruising predator. Naturally it met its match in me, MEGAFISHERMAN. Caught on a worm and naturally I threw him back so he could do some more killing. So that’s five for the year so far for me, 2 trout, a bass, a perch and a pickerel. I have a feeling I can’t stop until I’ve caught every native fish in North Eastern United States.
And I totally forgot, we saw the biggest beaver (in fact my first ever beaver) today! Bonus.
It’s the first day of spring and today marked the first success out on the lake as a megafisherman. The heron was there when we arrived, always a good sign. It wasn’t long before I got a bite on the spinner. I caught two brown trout as you can see. The second put up a bigger fight and was slightly bigger at about 16 inches. We threw one back but kept one which we’ll grill tomorrow. Recipe recommendations welcome.
One day I’ll explain my megafishing technique – to my offspring and no-one else!