Below is a video that I made recently. I've decided to upload it here in low quality, and I think I'll upload this video in every monthly fishing session's post. You can watch the high quality version of this video here. As always, and I emphasize: practice CPR - Catch, Photo, Release (or practice Selective Harvest), and preserve the Environment! Otherwise, there will be no more fishing in the future.
To start with, Mike Hsiao uploaded one more video on his Youtube Channel:
Accidentally snagging fish while fishing for Bass fishing.
I have to say - Mike's got an art when it comes to snagging fish. Believe it or not, snagging fish is usually very difficult! Let's not forget that snagging on purpose is illegal (i.e. snagging with a bare treble hook); however, snagging fish accidentally while fishing for other Species of fish is something that we can't really control. Keep this is mind, guys!
--- December 2nd, Haddon Lake/Audubon Lake ---
Updated the 2012 statistical fishing chart up to November 17th. Included data from: FDR Park (10/09), Pennypack Creek (10/14, 10/15, 11/16), Schuylkill River (10/21, 11/02, 11/06, 11/12, 11/17), Wissahickon Creek (10/22, 10/23, 10/26), Hopkins Pond (10/28), Driscoll Pond (11/03, 11/04, 11/17), and Cooper River (11/03, 11/04, 11/17).
Mike Hsiao and I planned this trip to Haddon Lake a couple days in advance, both expecting for some awesome fishing. To begin with, Haddon Lake was stocked with 190 Winter Trout, which is awesome, not to mention that Mike did exceptionally well with the Largemouth Bass on his last trip there. You can watch the video of him catching some LMB on a rattletrap here.
We arrived there 7:15 a.m.. I started to fish at one far end of the Lake, where there's water input. Mike decided to start by fishing the other far end, where the water output is. For 15 minutes or so, I tried a couple different baits for the Trout, but I was able to land only Bluegills.
Soon, around 7:40 a.m., Mike and I were both fishing where the water goes out to Audubon. I set my rods for Trout/Carp while he was actively fishing for Largemouth Bass. I have to say...during the next couple hours, I didn't get a single bite. While I was waiting for the Carp/Trout to bite, Mike decided to go to Audubon to give it a shot.
He first stopped at the spillway - the junction of Audubon and Haddon Lakes. He was using a metal blade bait, trying to get a Largemouth. Theoretically speaking, that's the perfect place for the Bass to stay at, since there's water current, structure, and even enough depth for them. First couple casts, Mike snagged a Gizzard Shad. Soon came a Bluegill, a Black Crappie (actually 2 in one cast), and a Golden Shiner. Seriously, right? I don't know what gift God gave my friend Mike, but snagging 4 Species of fish accidentally is no joke! The probability of that happening is already very low. Anyways...it just happened that all different types of fish were concentrated in that little area, which is more than enough to say that there MUST be a Bass there with so much baitfish.
Mike failed to catch any Bass there, and moved on. While he did so, I thought about performing an interesting experiment to "unveil" Mike's secret abilities when it comes to snagging (Hahaha). Okay, without jokes now - I wanted to know if Mike's aggressive fishing style influenced in his accidental snaggings. If so, how? Therefore, I gathered my gear and changed my lure for a metal blade lure.
The results were quite surprising, actually. While both of us tried to catch Largemouth Bass using the same blade, the different twitching techniques that we used showed different results when it comes to snagging. In other words, picture a little body of water full of fish. Now, think: what are the chances of foul-hooking one of those fish when you cast your lure around them, and how does your hand technique influences in that percentage ratio? The results that you will find can be quite shocking, or even depressing: not every one's technique is apt to snag a fish. Therefore, for some people, even if they wanted to, they wouldn't be able to.
Interesting data, indeed.
Pictures of some fish from the spillway are below. We ended the day without any Trout, Carp, or Largemouth Bass.
Trout, on the other hand, are quite a different story for me. Before judging me for posting such an outrageous picture on a public post, I ask you to consider the fact that Trout are STOCKED by the Boat and Commission. The reason I don't really regret taking Trout from Trout waters for my meals(never waste it!) is in the fact that they were born and raised with the solely purpose of ending up on a dining table. They weren't even originally from the Wissahickon, or the Pennypack. They were stocked. Surprisingly, a lot of anglers don't know that the Trout are actually stocked; and a big part of the local residents think that the Trout are native to those waters. If you think about it, it's very similar to how Chinese people farm raise Tilapias for human consumption, and export those all around the World (maybe the last Tilapia that you ate in a certain restaurant was farm-raised from China). The difference is that we have to fish for the Trout, and not just buy it from the market. That's the fun of it, isn't it? The feeling of catching your meal - one of the very first feelings imbued in human nature, directly related to survival. As a matter of fact, think about it: where does the money for raising all these Trout come from? The answer is quite simple: a big portion of it comes from our pocket (fishing license, Trout Stamp). Therefore, partially, we are paying for these fish even if we don't fish for them.