This is a Video of my Modifications to my Old Town 119. This is my favorite solo River boat by far and a good Lake canoe. If you have any questions please ask either here or on you tube. Don't forget to subscribe to both!!!
I have had a long desire to catch all of the Black Bass subspecies. The species are Northern Largemouth, Florida Bass, Smallmouth, Northern Spotted, Alabama bass, Coosa Bass , Suwanee, Guadalupe, and the Shoal Bass.
I have caught all of the above except the Suwanee, and Guadalupe.
The Coosa Bass now they say are like 4-5 varieties and one is the Bartram's Bass. Biologist are trying to get the Bartram's designated as its on species as it is the only Coosa Bass that can live in a lake environment and the others only live in streams. Last month I made a trip to South Carolina to get the Coosa/Bartram's Bass off of this bucket list. I would of been happy with any size and the first 2 I caught were only 5-6 inches and the next two were 11-12 inches. I have included my you tube video of this and just to let you know my wife caught the Biggest. OUCH! it may have been 13 inches but a 13 inch Bartram's is a good one. It was a nice day on a wonderful river. The redbreast were the weirdest colored I have seen with the red/yellow breast going all the way to the tail. It was a wonderful trip.
Went Carpin yesterday (4/09/2017) after work from 4-7 pm with my wife Cindy. Caught 10~ carp and 4 or 5 channel cats in about 3 hours with most of the action coming in hours 2-3. It was Good day with a few big ones being landed. I had one really big run that I lost , the hook pulling out for some reason. The outing started slow but once they started coming in it was on. We Had 2 doubles on as well.
We were set up on a small point on a local lake using sweetcorn for bait. See below. The carp in this lake really luv sweetcorn and I have only had 1 day there in the last year where i have not caught a carp. Hopefully this trend will continue and will have more post to do in the future on this spot.
Bait- Sweetcorn with secret packbait on weight.
Reels used- 2 shimano 3500 Baitrunners , 1 on 8' ugly stik and the other on 7 ft Ugly Stik Tiger- Daiwa Millionaire II 5000M on Abu 7' rod
Line 16lb Momoi.
I made a quick trip after White bass before a meeting at work. My plan was to walk a tributary of a local lake and throw 3 lures. A Shallow Shad Rap 5 ( SSR5), a Rebel Tracdown and a Roadrunner.
I caught 1 on the SSR5 and then lost the 2 I had. OUCH! There went 14 bucks.
I then threw the roadrunner and caught 1. Switched to the Rebel and I caught 3 or 4 on it. Ended up with 5 or 6 in an hour . Not great numbers but it was a good morning with fish caught.
Here is a video I posted on YouTube on this trip. Subscribe to my YT channel and also follow this Blog.
March 21st 2017
Location- Roanoke River Weldon, NC
Air Temps- 70's
Water Temp- 57
Lures- Tandem jigs
Tuesday March 21st Pete and I hit the Roanoke River in search of my first shad of the year. The water is extremely low at 2250 cfm. I caught aprox 25 Hickory Shad. Most came on Pink headed Jigs with White bodies but I think 1 came on Chartreuse. Some days they like a particular color and today it was White. You should always carry White, Chartreuse and Pink as you can never predict what color is hot.
Here are a few Pictures
I spent approximately 4 hours on the water with 25~ caught. This is not really a good number as on a good day in 4 hours you sometimes can catch double that but I am happy with 25~.
Here is a video I posted on You Tube on this trip. Please subscribe to it and follow this blog if you haven't already.
I went back out to one of my Fishing holes and fished for 45 mins for bass with no Hits. I only had 1 1/2 hrs so I devoted the last 45 minutes to Crappie fishing. It was a good thing I brought a Crappie outfit as the Bass were not biting. I caught 10~ Crappie, 2 bream and 1 tiny bass in 45 mins.
I also recently purchased a Frabil E-Z Check "R" and several of these crappie would not even fit into it! That is a good problem to have.
It was a short trip but a good one. All Crappie caught on a Roadrunner head with a Charlie Brewers Chartreuse grub with multi colored flakes in 2-5' of water . Here are a few pics.
I also did a video on this which can be seen at link below. If you have not followed my blog please do and please subscribe to my you tube channel. I know I sound like a hick but what you see is what you get. I hopefully will be cranking out a lot more videos this spring. I hope to have some nice carp, catfish, white bass, Bowfin and small stream fishing videos online soon
The plan today(2/25/17) was to take one of my canoes out for some Crappie and Bass fishing with my wife but due to an employee not showing I had to go in and work, thus getting home around 430 or so ad too late to take the canoe out.
We decided to load up some gear and hit a spot I thought may be holding a few crappie. We fished for about 1.5 hours and the action was constant with only a handful being small. 90 percent of em were slabs and all were Black crappie.
We used 2 outfits for the Crappie. 1 rod had a 1/16 oz monks Chartreuse head with a slider grub and the other had a small cork and spaced 2 ft apart was a 1/16 oz tube jig head with white Berkeley micro power tube.
It was a fun time with a few bream also caught and a couple of small but fat bass caught. We probably could have caught some nice bass and we even had a big bass attack the cork.
The fishing was so good I think I may could of Got Nat's Dad on his first Crappie...
We could of had a nice fish fry but all were released to fight again.
My Wife with a nice Black Crappie caught on a Berkeley Power tube under a cork
Me with a couple
Here you can see the Slider grub that we used today. This was one of the few small ones we caught
Went Back today with Mark B. to my Crappie spot. I was afraid the bite maybe gone since last nights freezing temps and I was right. We decided to make a move down the lake to another set of riprap and throw Rat l traps and spots on the Sunny side of the Riprap. In about an hour we each caught maybe 5 bass on the lipless cranks. Mark used a 1/4 oz trap and I used a 1/2 ounce Cordell Spot. Not a monster I am posting but heard from others it was a tough bite today so we were happy with 10~ Bass. We also got to see a nice sunset so it was an awesome day.
I thought I would blog on something different this time. I spent this past weekend with my wife at Berry Hill Plantation Just outside of South Boston Virginia. Now, I will not go into all of what they have to do there as google is your friend , but some of the pictures I post you probably will not find on the internet.
Berry Hill Mansion
There is a 100~ room Motel just to the right of the Mansion but the way it is landscaped and the hill off to the side you would never know it is there.
This is the old rock wall surrounding the Mansion.
An old Rock building. This was one of the Slave Quarters. This is way back behind the Mansion on the trail to the Dan River
The trail that goes from the House to the river then meets up with The Tobacco Heritage Trail . You can walk from the Mansion or ride a bike but warning! It is uphill all the way back to the Mansion. The Tobacco Heritage trail is only partially complete and part of it dead ends just up the river from Berry Hill.
This view is from the end of the Tobacco Heritage Trail looking east and the picnic table seen in the 2nd picture down is in sight in this picture.
This view is looking west (upstream) , the end of the Tobacco Heritage Trail is in the picture.
This view is looking upstream
Look at the tree I walked up on! This Tree is Between the Trail and the river within sight of the dead end. This is the biggest tree I have seen in a looooooooog time. What is so amazing is that this tree stays the same diameter to at least 70 feet up. It is either a Red or Black oak but I can't tell for sure without seeing a leaf from it.
Oh, If you happen upon this tree and have some insight as to what kind of Oak it is please post a comment.
A view of one of the Fields behind Berry Hill . The Dan River is maybe 200 yards behind where I stood to take this picture.
Here is a map I made from Google earth and it shows the Mansion, Slave quarters, and the Big Tree
Oh, and don't forget to visit Darby's Tavern while you are there.
Thanks for Looking Mack
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I enjoy anything in the outdoors. Mainly canoeing and fishing but, also hunting, hiking, I love to plant trees and also search for big trees.
I grew up just outside Burlington, N.C. where my parents house sat on a bluff overlooking the Haw River. I can thank the Haw for getting me started in the outdoors. If you would like to join me on a paddle just email me and we can make it happen.
Note: I don't list all the locations where I fish> This is to protect a small flow. If you are a follower , email me and i will tell you 95 perecnt of the places i fish. I have 2 blogs. 1 for my outdoor interests and the other is Mack's Wildlife Damage Control Blog which I help people deal with animal problems in the Cary, NC area. Mack