It’s A Small World – Fishing Neighbor – Fishing Logs 6/4/2016 & 6/8/2016

By | June 9, 2016
It’s A Small World – Fishing Neighbor – Fishing Logs 6/4/2016 & 6/8/2016
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It’s A Small World – Fishing Log 6/4/2016 – 12th Trip

Where: Franklin Dam, Franklin, NH

Conditions

  • Dam 2

    The lower dam on the Pemigewasset River

    Temperature (Air): 70 degrees to 80 degrees

  • Sky: Cloudy
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: NW @ 2 mph to 6 mph (Beaufort Wind Scale)
  • Humidity: 82% to 37%
  • Dew Point: 3 degrees F
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Water Color: Clear

Fishing Log 6/8/2016 – 13th Trip

Where: Giffin Park, Webster Lake, Franklin, NH

Conditions

  • Windy Webster

    Windy Webster Lake

    Temperature (Air): 60 degrees

  • Sky: Partly Cloudy
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: WNW @ 13 mph (Beaufort Wind Scale)
  • Humidity: 57%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Water Color: Clear

 

Results: Skunked & Skunked!

Well, I may as well reduce the damage by combining my 2 most recent trips into one Fishing Log report!

Especially since I haven’t had time to report on the first trip until now!

I’m starting to wonder if I’ll EVER catch another bass!

But at least I did catch something!

Surprise at Pemigewasset (It’s A Small World!)

It's a small world! There's my neighbor

My Neighbor in a Canoe

First, I caught a glimpse of my neighbor!

As I was flipping my fins to propel the trusty Float Cat, casting and retrieving a wide variety of lures, I heard a voice from across the water call, “Hey, Catch-Big-Bass.com!”

Now my fame as a blogger is not exactly great, so I wondered who it was that recognized me.

And then he added, “How’s it going, neighbor?”

Then I knew it was Rex, who lives right across the street from me. I only recently learned Rex was a fellow fisherman, and after that we have yakked a bit about fishing while lounging around in my driveway when we’re both outside.

It’s a small world, for sure! But the bass still have plenty of places to hide.

Rex’s Report

Lots of Lures

Lots of Lures

Naturally I asked Rex how his fishing experience had been, and he told me neither he nor his canoe mate had caught anything that day. Like me, he had tried a lot of different lures, but never got so much as a grab.

And neither did I.

They say (whoever “they” are) that misery loves company, but I’d prefer to have heard that Rex had caught a whole mess of fish, rather than both of us be fishless!

Don’t those bass know anything?

How can there not be bass here?

How can there not be bass here?

My FishHunter alerted me to fish that were down 12 feet or more, and I did try deeper diving crankbaits, and spinnerbaits I could get right down to the bottom, but whatever fish were down there, didn’t care.

There were some awesome, classic bass areas where you just KNOW a bass had to be hanging out, but if they were, they sure weren’t interested in anything I could throw at them.

Shiver me timbers!

Campsite on DamI also caught sight of a small camp. I’m not really sure who owns the land surrounding this dammed area, though I know the upper dam is part of the flood control area, and that there is apparently an entire neighborhood submerged under the water there.

Whoever was camping there seemed to have plenty of comforts, including some chairs, an umbrella, and a porch-like area with netting and a cover to protect from the sun. And maybe some type of slide and/or dock.

The Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

The Jolly Roger

Then I noticed that there was a banner strung up between the trees, and that it was The Jolly Roger!

Luckily the pirates were all gone, possibly enjoying the loot from their most recent foray, so I felt safe enough.

Plus, The Jolly Roger was the name I took for my first magic character, and since “Jolly Roger” is not that far from “Roger, The Smiling BassHole,” I figured this was a good sign, and that perhaps my luck was about to change.

I was wrong.

Try again another day

Public Boat Ramp Franklin Dam SignSo I finally made my way back to the boat launch, landed my Hobie Float Cat, and departed.

When I later caught back up with my neighbor, Rex, he said he and his canoe partner had gone all the way to the other end of the impoundment, to the upper dam.

I’ve never been anywhere near that end of the impoundment, as I just don’t have the ability to move that far without some type of non-BassHole propulsion!

I’m trying to figure out how to upgrade to some type motorized (trolling motor) craft, with my 2 favorites being either a SeaEagle 285 Frameless Pontoon Boat Package (with trolling motor) or a Hobie Pro Angler 14 with the MirageDrive propulsion.

I can dream of getting both of these since I don’t have the money to buy either one!

I Fought the Wind – And the Wind Won!

Windy WebsterThis morning as I prepared to leave for fishing, Brenda – My Internet Bride – told me, “Just so you know, it’s going to be windy today.”

As usual, she was right.

I could see the waves on the water as I drove around the edge of the lake to reach my put-in spot. I figured I would at least go out and try the area where last year at about this time (just before my injury!), I had caught some very nice smallmouth bass. Hey, like I said, I’m a dreamer!

My rod got knocked into the water, but then floated!

My rod got knocked into the water, but then floated!

The waves were rough enough that I decided to wear my life jacket (on calm days I keep it in the rear cargo area). After all, I had taken an unexpected dip last year when I reached over to grab the rod that had fallen into the water and flipped the Hobie Float Cat! And that was on a day with rough waves. And surprisingly, my rod DID get jostled into the water! At least now I know that my rod floats work perfectly!

But the wind was so stiff (described as a “Moderate Breeze” on the Beaufort Wind Scale) I couldn’t make any progress! Even with my oars, once I got past the protection of the point, pulling as hard as I could, I barely moved!

And so I let the wind blow me back to shore.

So no bites, but I was blown away!

Next time.

So, how do YOU handle the rougher weather?

Any tips and tricks you can share with your fellow BassHoles?

What about warnings?

In any case, stay safe out there.

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

10 thoughts on “It’s A Small World – Fishing Neighbor – Fishing Logs 6/4/2016 & 6/8/2016

  1. Robert

    I guess you should be thankful you are not fishing for your only source of food. Perhaps the bass population has dwindled, unless it is a stocked lake. I know some of the mountain lakes here in New Jersey are stocked with fish every once in a few years. A friend of mine used to work at a fish hatchery which the parks department contracts to provide certain kinds of fish.

    But I guess you should be somewhat thankful that Rex didn’t catch any either. Because if he did and you caught none, it could be a not so favorable outcome in your ability to catch any bass. So at least now you know the lack of bass is widespread. I think if you want some bass, you can always go to the store and buy some or the liquor store for a six-pack of Bass Ale. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Very well put, Robert!

      My FishHunter indicated that the entire area is very deep, about 30 feet. Even the shoreline is deep, like a drop off. Which is one possible reason the bass aren’t necessarily crowding around that submerged structure.

      My FishHunter also detected fish that were very deep, which I was fishing for. But very likely these could have been trout, so the lures I was using were not optimal for trout. Though I have caught a couple of trout on bass lures at Webster Lake.

      I spoke with my son-in-law about the impoundment, and he has never had much luck fishing where I was either. Instead, he prefers to fish above the upper dam, in the river area. I have fished there as well with my fishing buddy, and we did have some good luck there.

      Bass are not really sold as fish in the market, not that it matters, since I don’t really eat fish in the first place! I just like to catch them, then let them go.

      But Bass Ale sounds a lot more likely! Except I don’t drink anymore!

      Thanks for the chuckles!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

      Reply
  2. Sam

    Wow, I am some what envious how good you are at fishing haha I live in a state with tons of lake and tons of fisherman, I tried to fish over and over again and the only thing I was ever successful with is catching small sunnys, I never got to catch bass or northern pikes, which my state is full of these two, I will be definitely book marking this website to come back for tips, and will be sure to reach out to you if I need any help with the baits, because that is the area I struggle with the most, knowing what kind of bait to use for what kind of fish.

    Thanks a lot of this great and informative post, looks like you’re having a lot of fun.

    Cheers!

    Sam.

    Reply
    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Sam!

      Yes, I definitely am having fun, even when I fail to catch any fish!

      Sunnies can be a blast to catch, and I’ve targeted them myself! Usually I like to fish for them on a 3-weight fly rod I have, which means they can put it a real good scrap before I get them in.

      One very popular bait for bass is plastic. Sometimes called rubber worms. And the term “worms” refers to many different things, including crawfish, lizards, and – yes – worms.

      ==> Click here to see videos on how to use plastic baits. < ==

      One nice thing about plastic worms is you can fish them using a variety of techniques. Plus, they are very effective.

      So try those out next time you’re looking for bass!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  3. Basem

    Hey Roger!

    I really like your niche and that you’re blogging about something you love. Years ago I used to go fishing with my cousins, we loved everything about it. We used to plan for weakly trips to the sea and the best fishing places (We lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia so the sea was like 15 minutes away haha).

    But unfortunately, I moved to Egypt some years later and I never went fishing there and lost my passion to fishing, but I’m still always interested in it. After 10 years, my cousins still go fishing every month using my uncle’s boat. I would like to go with them but now I live on the other side of the planet haha (The US).

    Going to the sea made me love and appreciate nature and it really hurts me when seeing polluted waters anywhere. You can consider me an environmentalist and hopefully one day I’ll help our planet from the people who harm it. Keep up the good work and sorry if I talked a lot your blog brought back a lot of memories and tend to talk a lot after 12 am haha.

    Have a nice week! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Basem!

      Sounds like you have some great memories of fishing in the sea from your youth. But it’s not too late to resume fishing here in the US! No matter where you are, there are probably fishing opportunities not to far from you.

      Glad to hear you are an environmentalist. I agree that we should do all we can to help take care of this beautiful planet we live on, and not forget that there are some aspects that are simply irreplaceable. So we must either protect them or suffer the consequences.

      You are welcome to comment as much as you like! No matter what the time of day!

      Thanks for sharing your memories.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

      Reply
  4. tea

    Nice report. Roger. Have you fished this lake before and seen these condition recurring? Either way my fishing luck this year has been pretty similar.

    I fish on toledo bend down in Texas and have been about as productive as your luck up north right now. I am not getting any real big bass, but fish under 1.5 lbs have been my staple catch most recently this year. Of course the majority aren’t much bigger than 7 or maybe 11 ounces. We’ve getting inundated with rain causing a higher water level. Out here the best lures for me personally have been 7.5 inch culprit worms on the texas rig in watermelon pepper for general weather conditions or 7.5 inch tomato culprit on a sunny day. I’ll have to check out your website more.

    Reply
    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Tea!

      Interesting to know that you have similar results all the way down there in Texas!

      I’ve only fished this impoundment a couple of other times. I’m beginning to suspect it’s better suited to trout and landlocked salmon fishing. The entire area is very deep, even up next to the shore. I asked other fishermen about further up toward the upper dam, but they seem to believe it’s deep and steep everywhere.

      I do know that the river that is dammed has some excellent smallmouth above the dam, but the current in the river is a bit fast for me in my BassHole powered Hobie Float Cat. The only time I fished there in the Hobie, I made the mistake of “going with the flow” on my way out, and then could barely make it back to the cove where I put in! I had to use my oars and flippers together to make it!

      Tomorrow is another windy day, and I’m not sure how successfully I’ll be able to navigate, but I’m going to try Hawkins Pond, hoping it’s a bit more protected from the wind.

      I’m going to try a Carolina rig (no offense to Texas!), and see if that produces any results.

      I’d love to hear more about your fishing ventures, successes and failures alike!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

      Reply
  5. Laura

    I love all your post! You always have great tips and ideas for all of us. I like your spirit, you don’t give up on catching fish.

    Reply
    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Laura!

      I’m not giving up! But changing tactics! I’m researching other tactics I haven’t used, as well as how to hone the ones I do use.

      And I’ll share what I learn and the results I have!

      Thanks for the kind words!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

      Reply

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