15.000 Subscribers Contest/Give-Away on YouTube!

Hello, fellow Blog Readers! 

It has been quite a while since I have posted here on the Blog, eh? The last post here was the one on Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) consumption, if I am not wrong. I apologize for the lack of updates here; however, as I have stated here previously, my different social media platforms are taking most of my time nowadays! :(

Of course that is no different when it comes to my YouTube Channel! If you follow Extreme Philly Fishing around, you know that I have been loyally posting videos there every two days! And, as a matter of fact, we just hit 15.000 subscribers! Another milestone achieved. 

In commemoration of 15.000 subs, I decided to run a little contest/give-away there! All details can be seen in the video below:

If you want to participate, make sure to follow instructions accordingly, including reading the description of the video. :) Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you enjoy the contents of the Channel, don't forget to support it by subscribing to it.

If you have watched the video above, then you know that the contest video leads you to another video on the Channel -- a motivational video on the topic of "what is fishing to an individual." I made that video three years ago -- back in 2013 -- in homage of my old and first fishing partners here in Philadelphia, PA, USA! Some of my most trusted friends can be seen there: Jay Daly, Robert Zito, Stephen O'Toole, and Mike Hsiao. As a matter of fact, Mike Hsiao from 1Rod1ReelFishing shows up in that video three times: once at Haddon Lake and Cedar Lake in NJ, and once right under the Fairmount Dam on the Schuylkill River. The mentioned video is below:

Enjoy the motivational video! And while you watch it, think about it: what is it that fishing really means to you?! By the way...the music is a piano arrangement of Terra's Theme from Final Fantasy. :)

It has been three years since that video, and five years since the beginning of this Blog. I can't thank my followers/viewers/subscribers enough for all the support, then and now! It is a blast that I am able to still bring you guys updates on my fishing adventures and it is even more of a blast to know that you are there to support me on my Multi-Species/Exploration quest! 

Thank you very much for all you have done so far for EPF, and I wish you the best of luck if you decide to participate in this give-away! 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights! 

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Is it Safe to Eat Gator Blues (~10lbs)?! Watch out for Mercury and PCBs!!!

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Hello, Blog Readers! 

Today I am here to talk about something rather serious: fish consumption guidelines. Specifically, I will be talking about Gator Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) consumption guidelines. As you all know, Extreme Philly Fishing is a firm believer that educating the angling community about the different aspects and sub-fields of fishing is overall beneficial to anglers themselves and the ecosystem alike. Thus, I hope you stay with me for a few more minutes and learn a lot about what and what not to eat when it comes to Bluefish!

Portrayed above is a Gator Blue, which is in reality a Bluefish in the range of ~10lbs.
The fish above weighted in at 10.55lbs.

The overall story is that I went down for some "Gator Blues" for the first time in my life this year (2016), just a few days ago. That wasn't my first ever Bluefish trip; mind you -- if you guys follow me on social media, you already know that I have caught a few "Cocktail Blues" last year: Bluefish ranging from 1 to 3lbs. That was, however, my first trip that focused on the elusive 10lbs+ Bluefish!

And I gotta tell you, folks -- the experience was quite unique! As I went down to the Jersey shore, my first impression was of an overpopulated fishery where most folks were eager to catch their table fare at all costs. Forget about the shoulder-to-shoulder fishing (a.k.a. combat fishing) -- the scenario down there was grotesque! It was really "every man for himself." And if catching their dinner for the day wasn't enough (one fish), certain folks were taking way more than they could handle! The level of CPR -- Catch, Photo, & Release -- was almost non-existent. As I looked around, some folks were taking three fish. Some others were taking 5 fish. And on the extreme level, certain anglers were "limiting out" with 15 Gator Blues in their small coolers. We are talking about ~150lbs of fish right here, fellas!  

One of the New Jersey inlets when the Bluefish action is hot. Possibly worse than the Trout Opening Day in Southeast Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Sea-Money Fishing

I approached one gentleman and asked him how he would consume all of his four ten pounders. The response was not too surprising: "I will give some away to my family and friends." And then, the question of the day popped up in my head: "Do these people actually know how harmful it is to eat these fish?!" And fellas -- it saddens me to say this: most people have absolutely no idea about it. For this reason, I shall enlighten you now about the chronic consequences of consuming Gator Blues. I figured that it would be better for me to write a post before it is too late; so certain folks can stop poisoning their loved ones with high levels of mercury and PCBs.

1. Bluefish Fish Consumption Guidelines in New Jersey 

Since I am talking about Gator Blues mainly in New Jersey, here is NJ's consumption guidelines for it. Please note that an angler should consult his state's fish consumption guidelines before taking home any Species of fish to eat! That is the smart way of protecting yourself and your loved ones from the nasty chronic illnesses that contaminated fishes offer. 

Besides offering an array of information on heavy metals, PCBs (Polychlorinated byphenyls), and the definition of "meals per month," the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health clearly states the following on page five:

"Bluefish -- greater than 6lbs/24 inches: 6 meals per year for general population and zero meals per year for high risk population"

Similarly:

"Bluefish -- less than 6lbs/24 inches: 1 meal per month for general population and zero meals per year for high risk population" 

According to the definitions, let's run some mathematics now, so that everyone can understand what is the scale of the numbers that we are talking about here.

Let's say that one Gator Blue is about ten pounds. That is equivalent to 160 oz. After cleaning it and trimming it correctly, let's take an estimate of the fillets to be around 50% of its total body weight. Thus, 5lbs of lean meat. That is equivalent to 80 oz. Keep that in mind. 
One meal per month or serving per month is defined by government agencies to be an 8 oz. fish fillet. That is pretty much a serving of Salmon that you get in any restaurant chain out there. Having 5lbs of lean meat (~80 oz.) means having 10 servings/meals.

According to what we just read in the guidelines, for a Gator Blue (greater than 6lbs/24 inches), the recommended is 6 meals per year!!! In other words, one Gator Bluefish's meat is already enough to pass the recommended annual fish consumption guidelines for a single person. 

The photo above portrays an one pound piece of Bluefish fillet. In other words, 16 oz. of lean meat. Two servings/meals for a single person. Photo Credit: Johnny Bui Fishing

But we don't always eat fish by ourselves, do we? When having a Gator Blue, it is all about sharing -- as the angler mentioned to me at the inlet. In this case, according to the guidelines, one could have a hearty and healthy meal (within the guidelines) for a family of two, five times a year. One fish. Even for a family of four, one fish can provide nearly half of the annual recommended servings for a Gator Blue per person. In other words, for a family of four, two 10lbers are enough to fulfill the whole quota for the year.    

And then, you may ask Extreme Philly Fishing now -- what happens when we overeat it?! Well...that is what we will discuss next.

2. What Happens When you Eat a Gator Blue?

The consequences of overeating Gator Blues don't come right away. In other words, the symptoms for eating contaminated fish are not acute. They are chronic. From medicine, let's recall that acute means "severe and sudden" conditions (i.e. common cold). Chronic, on the other hand, means "long-developing" conditions (i.e. cancer). For this exact reason, many anglers believe that it is absolutely fine to consume those fish. Their mentality is simple and blunt: "If I don't get sick after eating the fish, they are safe to eat."

Unfortunately, that is a very faulty mentality. After all, the chronic contamination syndromes from eating contaminated fish come from heavy metals and PCBs (Polychlorinated byphenyls). In terms of heavy metals, I am mainly talking about Mercury (Hg) -- though, other heavy metals found in fish can be harmful to humans as well, when consumed in large quantities over time. For PCBs, all you need to know is that they are man-made chemicals that have no smell or taste. 

The worst part is that these two components tend to accumulate in any organism's body...They don't really leave after consumed. So, what exactly happens when you consume a Gator Blue?! What happens is very simple: heavy metals and PCBs build up in different live organisms throughout the food chain: zooplankton (with possible heavy metals) consumes phytoplankton (with possible PCBs); fish larvae consumes zooplankton; smaller fishes consume fish larvae; Bluefish consumes smaller fishes. And at the end of that is the Bluefish eater -- human being consumes contaminated Bluefish. :)

The mind-blowing aspect of this food chain concept is that we really are what we eat. Although each organism was consumed and died, its legacy (i.e. heavy metals & PCBs) was passed down to the other organism. And if you have eaten Bluefish in the past (or any other type of fish, really), you should know that you have some of that in you as well. 

The key idea here is that low quantities of Mercury and PCBs will not hurt anyone. Moderation is key. Thus, if a person follows the fish consumption guidelines by the Department of Health, everything should be okay. However, if a person is exposed to those contaminants over a long period of time, meaning that the person has been eating contaminated fish over and over and over again, then there will be a built up and problems will arise.

3. The Consequences of Overeating Gator Blues

If you are reading this and you have been overeating Gator Blues for the last couple years, I seriously recommend you to stop. For your own sake, you should do it. If you have been giving huge numbers of contaminated fish to your loved ones, and they have been over consuming it, know that you have been slowly poisoning them over time (sadly).  

Mercury is no joke, folks. This is not a matter of opinion. This is a fact. High quantities of mercury in a human body will damage the kidneys and the nervous system. Low mercury poisoning over time can bring forth memory loss, fatigue, headaches, loss of focus, etc. Although there have been many scientific reports of mercury level in North-Atlantic fishes being in decline, it is better to be safe than sorry. Note that Bluefish are classified as having high mercury contents in relationship to other Species of fish:

Least Mercury Classification: 0.09 parts per million (i.e. Atlantic Croaker, Flounder, Perch)
Moderate Mercury Classification: 0.09-0.29 ppm (i.e. Striped Bass, Cod, Skate)
High Mercury Classification: 0.30-0.49 ppm (i.e. Bluefish)
Highest Mercury Classification: >0.50 ppm (i.e. Shark)

When it comes to PCBs, it doesn't get any better. Polychlorinated Byphenyls are extremely dangerous because scientists are not yet sure of what it can do to human beings. Summarizing, its symptoms are partially undetermined. Regardless, getting sick from PCBs build up depends on the amount of PCBs that has entered the body, how long the individual has been exposed for, and how sensitive each individual's body is to PCBs. I hope this makes it clear that eating big Bluefish over and over will eventually bring forth health issues. The worst case scenario for PCBs built up is definitely the production of carcinogens in the human body. In other words, the production of cancerous cells. Now...wouldn't it suck if someone got cancer because they ate too many contaminated fish?! Definitely.

Finally, make sure to never feed contaminated fish to a pregnant woman or a <5 years old child. It is a fact that developing fetuses and young children are the most vulnerable when it comes to these contaminants. These folks fit in the "high risk population category," which is why the Department of Health has zeroed their annual meals in the fish consumption guidelines. The reasons for that are quite simple -- for example: when a pregnant woman ingests PCBs and heavy metals, there is a chance that those contaminants will be passed to the baby through the placenta. That can result in slower mental development. Similarly, young children who are exposed may experience developmental health effects as well. 

To prevent all these health problems, make sure to eat responsibly...

4. Alternatives to Eating Gator Blues

Of course the main alternative would be to eat Species of fish that are lower in heavy metals and PCBs, such as the Atlantic Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus), Summer Flounder (Paralichthys dentatus), White Perch (Morone americana), etc. However, that doesn't mean that you must stop eating Bluefish, specially if that is one of your favorites! 

As a rule of thumb in the fishing community, eating younger fish of the same Species is always a safer bet (don't forget about creels and limits, though). The meat is tastier and the contaminants' percentage is lower as well. Last year I took home a few Cocktail Blues in the range of 2-3lbs, and they were absolutely delicious! As you may or may not have noticed, their consumption guidelines (<6lbs, 24 inches) is pretty much two times that of the Gator BluesUltimately, like I mentioned previously in this post, moderation is key. As far as the guidelines are followed, no problems should arise! Plus, fishes taste better when they are fresh anyways. If you want to consume another one in a healthy fashion, take them one by one instead of freezing piles of fish.

5. Extra Notes

Additionally, I would recommend everyone to follow the following practices for the sake of our sport:

Practice Selective Harvest: take home only what you can eat or what you will use. Don't waste resources! Make sure to release trophy fishes to preserve fish genetics for future generations of anglers. Also, release rare Species of fish to a certain body of water to preserve its populations. Think about the future!

Follow the Law: Don't poach. Follow the creel and limits according to your state regulations. Not only you will avoid fines and sleepless nights in jail, but also save yourself from being hated in your local fishing community for doing despicable things. Be a team player and protect the environment.

Clean after Yourself: Nobody likes to see a fishing spot trashed! As crude as it may sound, don't sh*t where you eat (pardon the choice of words). Or in a more polite way, don't cause any trouble or destroy a place where you frequently go to. You will be doing everyone a favor -- believe me.

Practice CPR (Catch, Photo, & Release): Reinforce aquatic sustainability by being a proud steward and good sportsman -- release most of your catches! It is a great feeling to see a nice fish swim away. If you fish for fame, know that you don't need to kill a fish to show the rest of the world that you are good at the sport. Film it! Photo it! Release it! You will gain more respect by doing so.

I hope you folks enjoyed this post! 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S. 

March Fishing Sessions: 03/11 - Hot Carp Action at the FDR Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Today I'm bringing you folks my fishing report for March 11th:

--- March 11th, 2016 ---

Location: Meadow (@FDR Park, Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 6 Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

P.s. As much as I want to bring you guys FULL fishing reports of every trip that I do, unfortunately I don't have the time to do so! Thus, the goal, setup, and summary sessions of every fishing post will be blank for now. If you want to see full fishing reports on the Blog again, please support me on my Patreon page. Once I reach my goal there, I will not only have enough time to write full reports, but also didactic posts and event posts for better community engagement. Tight lines and FISH ON! Leo S.

Video:

In the video above, my friend Johnny Bui Fishing and I go to the FDR Park for some hot Spring Carp action! Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you like what you see, show some love: subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

Watch the same fishing session from Johnny Bui Fishing's perspective! Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080). If you like what you see, show some love by subscribing to his YouTube Channel! 

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Johnny Bui with a Common Carp

First one of the day, at 9lbs.

On the smaller side... :)

Another chunky Carp

Johnny giving an accurate cast, right on top of the chum

Best of luck to all of us! 

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

March Fishing Sessions: 03/08 - Catfishing Brackish Water with the Asian Squad (Pennsville Twp, NJ)

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Hello, Blog Readers! 

Today I'm bringing you folks my fishing session for March 8th: 

--- March 8th, 2016 ---

Location: Salem River (Pennsville Township, NJ)
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 3 Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
-- 1 Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)

P.s. As much as I want to bring you guys FULL fishing reports of every trip that I do, unfortunately I don't have the time to do so! Thus, the goal, setup, and summary sessions of every fishing post will be blank for now. If you want to see full fishing reports on the Blog again, please support me on my Patreon page. Once I reach my goal there, I will not only have enough time to write full reports, but also didactic posts and event posts for better community engagement. Tight lines and FISH ON! Leo S.

Video:

Here is my Catfish session with the Asian Squad -- Quack from That Duck Angler, Aaron from Aaron's Fishing Show, and Johnny from Johnny Bui Fishing. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p60)! If you like what you see, please show some love and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.


Watch the same fishing session from Aaron's Fishing Show's perspective. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (720). If you like what you see, show some love and subscribe to him! 

Watch the same fishing session from Johnny Bui Fishing's perspective. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080). If you like what you see, show some love and subscribe to him! He also accepts free Burger King coupon donations.

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The crew at the Salem River in Pennsville Township, which is actually brackish water! The main goal for the day was to catch some White Perch (Morone americana)

That Duck Angler with a Channel Catfish.

My first and only Brown Bullhead of the day (don't let the colors confuse you).

Johnny Bui with a Channel Catfish.

P.s. We went to Haddon Lake after that; however, I won't cover that here. :)

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

March Fishing Sessions: 03/07 - Two Great Techniques for Creek Multi-Species Fishing (Yardley, PA)

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Hello, Blog Readers!

Today I'm bringing you folks my fishing session for March 7th:

--- March 7th, 2016 ---

Location: Buck Creek (Yardley, PA)
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 7 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 1 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
-- 2 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)

P.s. As much as I want to bring you guys FULL fishing reports of every trip that I do, unfortunately I don't have the time to do so! Thus, the goal, setup, and summary sessions of every fishing post will be blank for now. If you want to see full fishing reports on the Blog again, please support me on my Patreon page. Once I reach my goal there, I will not only have enough time to write full reports, but also didactic posts and event posts for better community engagement. Tight lines and FISH ON! Leo S.

Video:

Here is my fishing session at Buck Creek. In this video, I not only micro-fish the Creek, but I also cover two of my favorite multi-species techniques in it: free-falling and suspended jigging. Don't forget to watch it in HD (1080p60)! If you like what you see, don't forget to like the video and subscribe to the YouTube Channel. :)

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Bluegill caught on a size #10 Mustad circle hook.

Redbreast Sunfish caught on a 1" Gulp! Alive minnow + 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet Jighead.

Small Largemouth Bass caught on a Gulp! Minnow as well.

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.

Hello, Blog Readers! 

If you folks follow me on YouTube, then you know that I have an upcoming Angler's Get Together Dinner in Doylestown this Sunday -- March 13th. Full details are on the video below:

The Angler's Get Together Dinner for March will be held in Doylestown, PA.

Here is a summary of the event:

Date: March 13th, 2016. 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: 34 W State St, Doylestown, PA 18901

I have sent out a confirmation e-mail for those who already made their reservations! If you are willing to reserve a seat for this event, you may do so until Friday the 11th, 11:59 p.m.. Make sure to send me an e-mail at sheng12182527@gmail.com to get everything setup! 

I hope to see all of you there! :)

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.


2016 Trout Season: Pennypack and Wissahickon Creeks Closed for Fishing Until April 2nd (Philadelphia, PA)

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Hello, Blog Readers! 

The post for today is a gentle reminder that (1) Spring is coming, and (2) our local Trout Approved Waters are closed for fishing! 

Anglers fishing during the Trout Opening day at the Pennypack Creek

As you guys may or may not be aware of, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has a law that states that Trout Approved Waters "are closed to all fishing (including taking of minnows) from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the trout season. A person shall be deemed to be fishing if he or she has in possession any fishing line, rod or other device that can be used for fishing while on or in any water or on the banks within 25 feet of any water where fishing is prohibited."

Therefore, you have been advised. Hah. Make sure to not get fined on the Wissahickon or Pennypack Creeks, as Game Wardens will be around to check the conditions of the Creek.

If you are wondering why the government does this, the answer is quite simple: they introduce this closed fishing month in Trout Approved Water for stocked Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) to adapt in the wild! As a matter of fact, every passionate stocked Trout angler knows to "scout" Trout Approved Waters a few days before the opening day. In other words, many anglers tend to go to their honey holes and check if there are plenty of Trout swimming around the area. :)

It is when they close down those Creeks that I start to get extra excited about the upcoming Trout season! Their closure reminds me that yummy Trout will be in my freezer soon. :) Thus, this is a good time of the year to gather all of that dusty Trout gear, clean it up, and put everything in check! If you are willing to catch some Trout in 2016, here are a couple pieces of advice for you:

1. Catch-And-Fry

For many reasons, Extreme Philly Fishing is a big supporter of the "Catch-And-Fry" movement in Philadelphia when it comes to Approved Trout Waters. It cannot be forgotten that these stocked Trout -- both Rainbow and Brown -- are invasive Species of fish to our local Creeks! As a matter of fact, these stocked Trout were born, raised, and introduced in the wild mainly for human consumption. The government is pretty much begging us to catch them and fry them up. Hah.

A Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) from the Pennypack Creek. Despite what many anglers believe in, the Rainbow Trout is not a native Species of fish in the United States of America. When they are stocked in Trout Approved Waters, they considered an invasive Species of fish. 

Here is a very interesting article on the whole culture of raising Trout in the United States of America. I believe that the New York times summarize the cons of Trout hatcheries very well; so I will be skipping that part here. :)

There is a multitude of other reasons why one should take these stocked Trout home. For instance, (1) they don't really survive the hottest and coldest months in the Pennypack and Wissahickon Creeks; (2) they fight with the Bass, Sunfish, and other Species of fish for food; (3) they have low levels of mercury, heavy metals, and PCBs -- they are ideal for human consumption; etc.

Summarizing...you would not only be doing our Creeks a favor by removing them, but also increasing your intakes of Omega-3. :D

2. Go Light

Either if you want to catch some dinner or just practice CPR, you will have to catch them first! And folks -- catching Trout, stocked or wild, is no joke. When targeting these elusive Species of fish, one needs to take into account its top wariness. Thus, go light on your tackle! 

I usually recommend anglers to use 2-4lbs test line, preferentially Fluorocarbon. Why Fluorocarbon over Monofilament, you ask?! The answer is quite simple: Fluorocarbon line has an index of refraction that is close to the water's index of refraction. In common words, the line becomes invisible under the water. Size #6 hooks will work okay; however, size #8+ is recommended. For weight, split-shots. For rod and reel, any ultra-light or light setup will do! 

In-line spinners, meal worms, wax worms, bread, corn, trout magnets, Gulp! Minnows, Powerbait, small jerkbaits -- these will all work for stocked Trout! Natural baits and Berkley Powerbait usually work better at the beginning of the season, when the Trout are still "stupid" from the low-to-none fishing pressure in Trout Approved Waters. Once they have been caught-and-released a few times and have adapted to the wild, in-line spinners and other lures will work better for them.

It doesn't matter what style you decide to go with, just keep this in mind: go light and you will catch tons of Trout! 

3. Bring your friends and your family

You must do that, especially if you are looking for a meal. Bringing someone else means doubling your slot limit, which is 5 Trout per day during the Spring season. If your friends eat Trout, good for them! If not, more for you. Ultimately, more Trout means more food on the table.

If you think about it, bringing your amateur angling friends/family is a win-win situation for everyone! If you bring friends/family who are 16+, that means that they have a Trout stamp and a fishing license. In other words, the PA Fish and Boat Commission has already profited from that. If they are amateurs in the sport or even first timers, that means that they will have a good opportunity of perhaps catching their first Trout ever, which will be a fond memory for sure. Finally, inviting more people for the Trout season means inviting more individuals to the sport of fishing itself -- let's not forget that declining participation is one of the biggest issues that we have in fishing nowadays. Therefore, the sport itself profits from it.

2013 Trout opening day at the Pennypack Creek, above the Roosevelt Boulevard Dam. If you are planning on fishing during the opening day, be ready for some combat fishing! Try your best to not cross any lines and be polite and respectful with your fellow anglers, even if you don't get the same treatment back. :) 

So, there you go -- don't forget to bring some companions with you on this upcoming Trout season! 

If you follow these tips wisely, you will eventually have much more fun while catching your Trout out there.

Finally, don't forget to say hi if you see me around the Creek! I will be fishing the Pennypack Creek above the Roosevelt Boulevard Dam on April 2nd, 8:00 a.m. EST. Feel free to come over and say hi! 

I wish all of you a successful upcoming Trout season for 2016! Expect to see lots of posts here, photos on my Instagram, short SnapChats, and, of course, YouTube videos

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,

Sincerely,

Leo S.