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Today I had the pleasure of fishing with Capt. John Page Williams who is a Senior Naturalist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. We got on the water around 10:45a. It was chilly (for me anyway) but a very nice day indeed.
When you fish with JPW, it is a learning experience. I listen and watch more than I fish.
It was a beautiful day on the Severn (which I usually fish in the summer) and we went by many familiar sites!
We went to a seemingly barren area until JPW showed me the slight hump in 25' of water. There, JPW caught a close to 12" WP....
...and another keeper or 2.
He also caught this little guy!
It was now 3-0...what was the difference? Well, I was using a dressed hook on my lure and he was not. I changed and quickly I tied him and kept up with him. Amazing that just that little change made such a difference. I was getting hits but they were not getting to the hook.
After some WP fun, we took some water measurements (temp, salinity, etc) and moved on to a spot that did not produce.
We entered a "pond" that I have fished before and we targeted pickerel. He caught the 1st one...a teeny one but good to see young 'uns in there.
I then got slammed but had to bring the fish over a log as JPW tried to net it....pop he went and we lost it. JPW estimated it at 20-22". I was happy because it was on a NEW ML rod and it was a blast.
JPW then got hit and brought in this nice 22'" pickle!
We saw this guy too (and he had a friend along).
A nice Red Tailed Hawk!
Great day on the water!
Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your fishing reports...especially all of the pictures. Almost makes me feel like I was on the water...
That is some good stuff, there! I have not been on the bay or lower tribs this year.
I bet you wish you went fishing with him earlier this year. Knowing where those 12" WP live would have made a difference on the leader board. Looks like a great day. Always fun to go fishing with someone you can learn from. For me that includes most other fisherman! Especially Ernie.
I have not been on the bay or lower tribs this year.
We need to change that for next year......
I bet you wish you went fishing with him earlier this year. Knowing where those 12" WP live would have made a difference on the leader board.
Not sure if the perch would be there in the summer but I will be checking in the future. The key is a hard bottom. I know where the oyster reefs are (secret map ). Plus...have a couple of new shallow water spots to try.....rode right by 'em in the past!
Knowing where those 12" WP live would have made a difference on the leader board.
All I needed was one more to replace my 10.75" WP and I would have vaulted to the top! But....Bob came in a tie for 1st...in his 1st year!
Nice trip. Gotta love the Severn.
This is a new Ernie. Fishing late October and not in FL.
You would be surprised as to how many times I have fished in cold weather.
I just don't like it unless the fishing is red hot!