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May 11, 2016

Fishing Log: Sixth Fishing Trip, May 11, 2016

Plenty of Bites! BUG Bites!

Where: Griffin Beach, Webster Lake, Franklin, NH

DSC02933Well, I had a new sight when I arrived at my home lake. Gentlemen from the City of Franklin Public works were digging a well for the beach public restrooms.

I asked if it was alright if I went around them, and they said, “Of course!” They even helped me haul the Hobie Float Cat 75 past the excavator. Thanks, gentlemen!


  • Temperature (Air): 55 to 62 (looks like I don’t need to wear my winter underwear any more!)
  • Sky: Sunny & Clear

    Well, it’s a hole, but not a fishing hole!

  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: NW @ 7-9 mph (Beaufort Wind Scale)
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Dew Point: 38 degrees F
  • Barometer 30.22 inches — Rising Slowly
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Water Color: Clear
  • Water Temperature: Unknown

Webster Lake

Webster Lake Franklin Topo Map (1)

Used with permission from NHF&G.

Here is a map showing the depths of Webster Lake. Griffin Beach (“Old Beach”) is at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Pine Colony Road, where the symbol for “shore bank” at the right and lower part of the lake.

The small point that you can see is where the waves are often rougher, but also the area where I found smallmouth bass last year.

Closeup of PointHere’s a closeup look at that area.

That’s my little piece of Webster Lake!


Results: Skunked!


Note calmness of the water when I arrived.

When I first arrived, the water was calm, but the bugs were thick! The Franklin workers were all wearing bug nets. I looked for mine, but it was not in my gear. Rookie mistake!

Because of the digging, I had moved to another section of the beach to launch original viagra 100mg. I tried desperately to get my flippers on where I launched, but eventually I needed to move back to my usual spot to use the raised bank to get my flippers on. One idea that struck me was to apply some velcro to both the snaps and my booties, so I can keep the snap in place while I clip in the second half. We’ll see if can make that work!


A bit of water turbulence.

As the day progressed, so did the wind increase. The wind, though described as “light breeze,” made the water choppy, so I didn’t try to travel too far!


I stuck to the two lures I used during my previous trip to Hawkins Pond:

  • Terminator Spinner Bait
  • Medium Billed Crank Bait

I scoured the water:

  • Deep
  • Shallow
  • Top
  • Bottom

But I found no willing bass. I was out level with the little island across from the point, and I headed for the rocky area past the point, where I’ve found smallies before.

I was heading into the wind, but I kept pulling. But the wind was strong enough to keep me from successfully staying in position. I have to work at my real job tonight, and plan to fish tomorrow, so I decided to call it morning, and head back to the beach.

By then the workers had left (though the loader remained).



But the bugs remained!

You can only see a couple on my face, but I assure you, they were swarming all around me! And they were hungry.

I was a meal for a few of them!

I hauled all my gear back to the pickup, loaded up, and left the beach.

There  were plenty of bugs still inside the cab with me, so I rolled down the windows and blew them all away!



This BassHole Smiling from behind a bug net!

I was blown away by the wind, and bugged by the bugs. But I got a bit of revenge when I blew the bugs right out of the truck cab!

Tomorrow I’ll try again, but at a new venue! And equipped with my bug net!

Here’s looking at YOU, kids!

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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The Smiling BassHole

I'm a BassHole!Kickin' Bass and lettin' them go.

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • I love how you play with some words there. Very catchy and entertaining. Its too bad that you didnt catch anything except for bug bites. Good luck next time I guess.

    • Thanks Von!

      Yes, I love word play. Sorta addicted to it! And I love portmanteau words, like BassHole!

      The water is still VERY COLD! Hopefully this warm weather will heat up the water, and we’ll start to see some bass action.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Were they digging the well on your property? How is that going to affect the bug population at your cottage. Any other “side effects?”

    • Thanks Bogdan!

      No! We, unhappily, do not own a house on Webster Lake. Or any lake, for that matter! Maybe someday?

      The town was digging a well to supply water to the restrooms on the town beach there. So they were “working for the common good.” (An oblique reference to Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, where in one scene a character is digging for worms before a fishing trip, and his partner asks, “working for the common good?”)

      SO, no other side effects, unless you count me having to circumnavigate the equipment to get into the lake!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hey Roger,

    It’s always very entertaining to read about your fishing adventures, successful or not! Glad the weather is warmimg up for you, do you tend to catch more bass during the warmer months? In Australia, we usually can get more fish when the weather starts to cool down, which has just happened in the last 2 days, so I’m planning to throw a line in tomorrow!

    Looks like it was a beautiful day to be fishing, nice clear skies. Sounds like it was not much fun though. Those bugs would drive me mad to the point where I would probably just head home. I bet you won’t forget the bug net next time!
    How long did you manage to stay in the water for?

    ALl the best,


    • Dr. Brad,

      Thanks the wind, the Black Flies were only a problem on the shore. Once I was in the water, they were “blown away.” I stayed out nearly 3 hours, and then headed in, since I had to work that evening!

      I did find my bug net as soon as I got home. I’d put it in a spot for my wife to wear while she was gardening. I KNOW I had 3 at one point, but I sure haven’t been able to figure out where I stowed them!

      Yes, the fishing heats up with the weather warming up. And eventually, TOP WATER! That’s one of my favorite types of bass fishing. Though they are all fun when they work!

      So let us know how you do when you do get out fishing! Even if it ain’t bass, it still counts!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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