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#50599 Shad Rebound

Posted by louis on 05 May 2017 - 12:09 PM in Shad

Hi Guys,

At work I was just sent this article, along with a note from one of our biologists that we are seeing similar great numbers in the Schuylkill fish ladder this year. Just thought I'd pass along some positive news:




#50504 Orlando area guides

Posted by louis on 01 October 2016 - 01:37 PM in Out of Town Adventures

Sorry I've only taken boats out of Jupiter and Sebastian. 

#50496 Kayak Trolling

Posted by louis on 02 September 2016 - 10:26 AM in General Reports, Pictures, Stories & Video

I looked it up- the hybrid lures are called strike king Magic spinnerbaits. Got a bunch of smallies on them too :)

#50493 Kayak Trolling

Posted by louis on 01 September 2016 - 12:26 PM in General Reports, Pictures, Stories & Video

What lure have you had the most success with trolling?


Lots of the same lures I cast have caught for me when trolling, I can't think of a best one really... but x raps, small spinner baits, chatter baits. I don't think I've caught much with plastics like twisters and swim baits, but it may just be that I haven't used them much with one exception- a couple years ago I got a bunch of large hybrid spinner bait/ swim baits and caught a lot of big pickerel on them trolling in upstate ny on a canoe trip and in stroudsburg at my wedding. 

#50491 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 31 August 2016 - 10:33 AM in Tactical Discussion

George- just a single kernel on a size 14

#50481 Kayak Trolling

Posted by louis on 26 August 2016 - 03:44 PM in General Reports, Pictures, Stories & Video

Exactly the way I look at it... When things are slow casting, I figure I might as well get some exercise. I've picked up three more fish trolling with the yak... Two schoolie stripers and a channel cat.


My yak experience is minimal but I have enjoyed trolling almost every time I've been out. I love that you can fish two rods with two presentations while also cruising around and exploring at the same time. :) 

#50480 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 26 August 2016 - 03:39 PM in Tactical Discussion

You guys, I went crazy and got a sustain. Been very satisfied- unlike most tackle I started catching fish on this sucker right away and haven't stopped. Landed a few stripers at the dam and the loads of largemouth paired with the new St. Croix Tidemaster, including my biggest topwater bass in years, maybe ever. And last week I caught a new personal best grass carp- 51 lbs with it paired to my new 11' cortland noodle... on 6 lb test!  It's been an awesome summer and I'm very satisfied with the new rods and reel. 



#50479 Carp Hungry Enough to Eat Zip-Ties

Posted by louis on 26 August 2016 - 03:26 PM in Carp

Nice save, George!


Louis once caught a carp with a rope tied around its head, that had been there so long, it was embedded in its flesh and skin was growing over it.  It was nasty, but obviously we felt really bad for the fish and removed it.


The string went through both gills around the top of it's head, AND it was so deep and grown over (and bloody) that I didn't realize the string was still actually there until the SECOND time I caught this fish. The first time I thought someone had simply stabbed it in the top of it's head. I nicknamed him stabby- I caught him 5 times in one summer in the upper Wiss. 

#50478 PB Snakehead

Posted by louis on 26 August 2016 - 03:23 PM in General Reports, Pictures, Stories & Video

Wow, nice one, congrats! 

#50364 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 15 July 2016 - 11:12 AM in Tactical Discussion

Daiwa,shimano,and penn are all easy to find parts for, or get serviced if something goes wrong. Icast is this weekend and all the new stuff will be coming out, so you might be able to get some good deals on older models in a few weeks.

That's good thinking! I went to Icast once, it was a very silly experience.

#50363 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 15 July 2016 - 11:10 AM in Tactical Discussion

what will you be targeting with it primarily? im super clumsy down there and fall a lot which caused me to break 2 reels (luckily replaced for free) a stradic and a pflueger president. Bothing against the reels beause they work great but its a tough setting down there at times. I prefer using one of my aluminum penn reels. I rocked the super cheap penn fierce down there for like 3 years in a row and caught all sorts of shit and beat the living hell out of it. retired it for a penn conflict and gave the old fierce to my friend who STILL uses it to this day without any issues. I just got a battle 2500 for a new diawa rod i got and i spooled it with 15lb braid.....absolutely love it. and its under 100 bucks. the battle is just a more refined version of the fierce and penn has phenomenal CS. the setup is light enough to jig for eyes and tough enough for those rouge bass and 20lb flatheads. i would suggest a penn for down there! Espicially if you pan to use it in the salt.

Basically I'm going to put 10 lb braid on it and throw lures at everybody with a variety of leaders. I have a Sonora 2500 that Ive used this way for a long ass time for trout shad and king salmon over 30 lbs. aI t still works pretty good. I mostly just want to step up the drag quality and smoothness while having the same reel. I'll check out the penns, but after watching 100 youtubes last night I'm pretty into the Stradic ci4 or a sustain. :)

#50359 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 14 July 2016 - 08:52 PM in Tactical Discussion

I think I'll go with the Stradic 2500 or 3000 size: 

Seems like I could get a 200+ yards of 10# braid on both. Not really even sure they they make 2 so close in spec. 


I'm on the fence between the "FJ" throwback white model and the carbon "Ci4."


The carbon one seems lower quality to me; leaning on the carbon whiz bang to make the sale. It's only 1.3 ounces lighter but has less drag capacity- 15lb vs 20.  The stella looks cooler but that's not worth a $500 upcharge, particularly for a dude who's been fishing a half broken rod and reel for 8 years.  


What would you do, America?

#50358 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 14 July 2016 - 03:56 PM in Tactical Discussion

It's about time you stopped casting lures and jigs with a noodle rod!


I guess so,  but I did catch a ton of fish on it! 


Thanks for the recommendations. I'm going to stick with shimano so my whole dumb collection matches, just in case anyone ever notices and wants to give me a free one as a result.

#50356 What reel would you get for this rod?

Posted by louis on 14 July 2016 - 03:18 PM in Tactical Discussion

I just got a 7' St Croix Tidemaster to use for jigging: 



https://www.amazon.c...roix tidemaster


It's 3-piece for travel, but I will probably use it as my main rod at the dam. What's an ideal reel to go with this? I haven't bought a new jigging rod in 10 years so I am not scared to get something fancy if it's worth it and it lasts. I just lost touch with that kind of stuff and I'm not sure what reels are good these days. 

#50355 Tarpon in VA?

Posted by louis on 14 July 2016 - 11:54 AM in Out of Town Adventures

I never heard of anything like that, but who knows. 

#50352 New to PA Fishing

Posted by louis on 29 June 2016 - 10:42 AM in Introductions

Awesome to have another carp angler around :)

I have always wanted to fish the harbor in the navy yard. do you think it's allowed? :D

#50319 Bartrams Garden Fishing Derby 5/21 7-11am

Posted by louis on 12 May 2016 - 02:19 PM in Events

A year or two. It's a pretty neat idea. I see a lot more people paddling around in the lower tidal area these days.

#50317 Bartrams Garden Fishing Derby 5/21 7-11am

Posted by louis on 11 May 2016 - 08:19 AM in Events


A friend is running this event. She runs a community boat house at Bartrams where anybody can rent boats and kayaks. I wonder if any of you all think you could beat the locals in an open species contest like this? I'm planning to go if I can get the day off from house projects... but currently unsure of that.


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