Fishing Trips

Fall Fishing at Doe Run

Fish are starting to put weight on for the cold months ahead. Fall fishing can be some of the best of the year. I fished Doe Run Lake last week and caught some big bass.

The bass were suspended in large fallen trees. The trees that extended the furthest into the water were the most productive. I used a Live Target Frog to catch most of the fish. I tried other top water baits, but the lake had too many floating leaves and twigs that other baits got hung up on. The frog came through this floating debris nicely.

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It was a gorgeous fall day to spend some time in the kayak. This is a great time of year to get out on the water. The leaves are changing colors and the fish are biting.

I ended up catching eight largemouth bass, and a couple bluegill on a hair jig.  I plan on revisiting Doe Run in a few weeks.  The fishing is expected to only get better.

Check out my other visit to Doe Run earlier this summer here.

 

 

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Variety On The Ohio

The Ohio River is not known for its great bass fishing, but it is home to a variety of fish. I spent a few hours fishing near Cincinnati on Sunday and caught seven different species.

When fishing a river where bites are few and far between, I like to use baits that not only target bass, but will catch other types of fish, too. This makes the day much more enjoyable, because you are constantly getting bites. My baits of choice are small crankbaits, swimbaits, small soft plastics and jigs.

By using small baits that appeal to a wide variety of fish, I was able to catch largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass, striper, catchfish, bluegill, and even a gar!

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I caught the majority of the fish on a swimbait. Squarebill crankbaits and jigs produced fish on this trip, too. Small baits will defiantly catch more fish when faced with difficult conditions. Small lures are a great choice and will always put fish in the boat.

Check out my other post about small baits here

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Slow Night

Not all outings are successful. I fished the Ohio River for an hour and only caught one sauger on a square bill crankbait. I wasn’t expecting to catch a sauger. Hopefully, I can go back and fish for walleye/sauger in that spot and catch some more.

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I fished about as much cover as possible in an hour and never figured out where the bass were located. There was very little boat traffic on the river tonight, which made for a beautiful evening. I only saw one other fishing boat, maybe others knew the fish weren’t biting.

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These are the kinds of evenings that you love to be on the water. It is also the reason why they call it fishing and not catching.

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Kincaid Lake

Fishing a new body of water is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoy trying to figure out how, and where to catch fish on a new lake. I spent a couple of hours on Kincaid Lake on Saturday. Kincaid Lake is located in Falmouth, Kentucky.

Saturday was a beautiful day in Northern Kentucky. The wind was calm, which made the water look like glass. This isn’t ideal for fishing, but it sure looks pretty. The lake has a natural shoreline which makes it very scenic as well.

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Whenever I arrive at a new lake, I like to see what kind of structure it offers. I quickly realized Kincaid offers a lot of visible shoreline cover. Rocks, boulders, fallen trees, stumps, and grass are all very prominent. I also noticed, because it was so calm, that there where hundreds of small bluegill in the shallow areas. Both of these things indicated to me to fish shallow and cover a lot of water.

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I started out my day using a buzzbait. The bass liked my lure of choice. I quickly started catching keeper bass. I never caught any giant bass, but my five biggest weighed about 10 pounds total.

I was happy with what I caught during a short outing on Saturday. I have a hunch that Kincaid may to turn into a favorite crappie lake of mine, too. I will have to make another trip there soon.

 

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Anna Marie Island Smack Down

I just had an outstanding fishing trip with Captain Brady Nelson in Anna Marie Island, Florida. I was on a family vacation and the guys wanted to go fishing while we were in town. We were not disappointed with our decision. We were catching fish from the minute we hit the water, until the end of our trip!

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We met Captain Brady on the boat ramp at sunrise. The first stop of the day was to catch live bait. Captain Brady knew were to stop and throw out the cast net. In a matter of minutes we had hundreds of baitfish on the boat.

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We spent the day catching snook, redfish, ladyfish, jack, and trout. Most of our fish were caught on live bait, but a few came on a Johnson Spoon. We caught multiple Redfish over the slot limit size of 27 inches. The biggest Redfish was over 31 inches!

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The schooling action of the Redfish and Jacks was incredible. The water erupted with fish. Once this happened all we had to do was cast in the middle of the school and hang on.  We had numerous occasions where we all had fish on at the same time!

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We were also fortunate to see many dolphins, and a few manatees, and a shark during our trip.

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It was a great trip! We had a perfect August morning for fishing. The winds were calm, the sky was sunny, and the fish were biting.  Captain Brady knew where the fish were located; I would highly recommend him to anyone vacationing around Anna Marie Island,  Florida.

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Fishing Trips · Tips

Ribbit Ribbit

Frog fishing is one of my favorite ways to fish! There is no better strike than seeing a bass explode through the moss and weeds to eat a frog bait.

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Frogs come in a variety of sizes and colors. There is a huge variation in price point when purchasing frogs. Trust me, you get what you pay for. The cheaper frogs tear and fall apart after a few catches.

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Frog fishing is at its best when you can find a place full of weeds and moss. Frogs will float on top of this structure and not get tangled. You want to fish in areas that look like places where a real frog would live.

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Bass will swallow a whole frog. They are usually hooked on the top of the mouth and will rarely come off once hooked.

We caught these fish this past week in Northern Indiana. We were fishing a pond with a lot of vegetation. The weather was bright, calm, and sunny, but the bass were still eating the our frog offerings.

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Frog fishing is an extremely fun way to catch bass. This technique catches all sizes of fish from giant bass to large northern pike. Once you catch one on a frog, you will have a hard time throwing another lure.

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Man’s Best Friend

I’m not sure who loves fishing more, me or our dog, Tucker. We took Tucker with us on a Michigan trip and he loved every minute of it. Tucker was ready to go from the time we hooked up the boat to the time we got back to the truck.

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We were fortunate enough to catch some great largemouth and smallmouth on this trip. Tucker got more excited than us when we caught fish.  As soon as he knew we had a fish on he would go nuts!

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We had to pick a pet friendly hotel during our trip to Michigan. You might be surprised on how many hotels are pet friendly. We brought food and water on the boat for him. We also had to stop and “stretch our legs” from time to time.  When we had multiple rods on the deck, we just made sure that bait was hanging over the side of the boat in the water.

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Taking your dog with you does create some extra work, but I think Tucker appreciated going!

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