Hello, Blog readers!
The month of July was pretty hot (fishing and weather wise) and the end of Summer is practically here. Therefore, I only have 1 more month of vacation before I start grinding some intense Physics. =)
My father has arrived this past Wednesday (07/31st), and he is staying until August 22nd. I only get to see him for 20 days or so each year; so, I'll be spending most of my time working on the Blog and fishing with him! We are already planning a trip to MA - I'll let you guys know how things will turn out.
Here's your picture of the month:
Anyways...So...What has been going on lately?
- I got added to the "Recycled Fish" Volunteer list:
You may click on my name to view my profile. It's certainly a pleasure to be part of the Recycled Fish organization, which deals with so many problems that fishing faces nowadays (read more about its mission here).
- New "Fishing Post" on the Schuylkill Banks coming up:
After the Recycled Fish 2012, Team Extreme Philly Fishing decided to donate half of its fund raised money to the SRDC (Schuylkill River Development Corporation). Now, I'm working with them on a "fishing poster" that will be placed under the Walnut Street Bridge, right next to the Schuylkill River.
As for the contents of the poster, it will certainly portray fishing, environmental conservation, and other topics related to the Schuylkill River.
- I uploaded and remodeled the photo section on the Facebook page:
Now, each photo album portrays a single Species of fish, and they are all sorted out by Species and location. Therefore, it looks more like a "fish database" now. Enjoy!
I also uploaded a "Master Species Folder" on my Facebook profile that is set to "Public." Therefore, every one should be able to see it. Just click on "photos," "albums," etc.
- I am currently trying to change my status in the USA:
You can read more about it here. If you read it, you know that you are able to contribute! If you want to write a letter of recommendation for me for the immigration office, that would be well appreciated! Just be true, be yourself, and let us all know what you have learned through the Blog.
- The 3rd Catfish Tourney on the Banks is scheduled for August 18th:
For a complete set of rules, click here. If you are interested in participating, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for the application form!
And now, I'll leave you guys with the August Fishing Sessions' post...
--- August 5th, 2013 ---
Location: Nameless Ponds (East Sandwich, MA)/Cape Cod Canal
Time: 6:00-6:45 a.m./7:00-8:00 p.m.
- 5 Bergall
- 2 Black Sea Bass
Trip to Massachusetts: 2nd day of the trip, my father and I hit 2 nameless little ponds in East Sandwich while everyone else was sleeping. We fished it only for 45 minutes and ended up skunked. We didn't get a single bite on top water, Senkos, Gulp Minnows, etc. It was quite the bummer because we were very excited about it!
Those two ponds looked pretty shallow, and they were both covered in vegetation. We saw only a couple ripples on top water, mainly done by frogs and small fish.
It was still a nice feeling to explore a new place! From the lack of access to it, it didn't seem like a lot of people went there to fish.
The Cape Cod Canal is known for producing good amounts of Striped Bass, among other good Species of fish!
Unfortunately, we caught the worst possible tide for it - near lowest tide. The current was very strong. We also caught the worst possible time for that location - sunset. The amount of bugs flying around there was just unbelievable!
My father, brother-in-law, and I got bitten like crazy. Not a good thing!
We did end up the day with a bunch of Bergall (Cunner), though. They turned out to be the dominant population at the Canal - little fish with strong teeth, "bait-stealers," and also similar to a Tautog in terms of body coloration.
We fried a bunch of them, and they turned out to be bony, but delicious! I also caught my first Black Sea Bass there!
Location: Lagoon Pond (Martha's Vineyard - MA)
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- 4 Scup
- 1 Black Sea Bass
Trip to Massachusetts: On the 3rd day of our trip, we went to Martha's Vineyard. Beautiful place with plenty of fishing spots!
Since half of the island had jetties out in the sea, there were practically no waves around it! So, my freshwater gear worked great.
We walked all around the place, ate a lot of seafood (if you ever go there, you have to try the Lobster Roll), took a bunch of pictures, and finally stopped to fish!
I chose a little jetty in Tisbury, on the northern side of the island. Once again, we fished for about 2 hours or so. I was able to pull 4 Scups (2 keepers) and a Black Sea Bass on clams. My father finished the day with a Black Sea Bass, and he also missed a couple Scups (he was fishing a "snaggy" area).
If I could, I would fish there everyday.
--- August 7th, 2013 ---
Time: 6:30-8:30 a.m./5:30-7:00 p.m.
Trip to Massachusetts: On the 4th day of our trip, I was able to sneak out to the Cape Cod Canal one more time, early in the morning!
Thankfully, there were only a few mosquitos around, especially since it was cold and windy. My brother-in-law and I fished from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., finishing the day with a bunch of Bergall and a couple Black Sea Bass (no keepers, though).
I tried for Striped Bass for an hour or so without any success. There were about 40-45 anglers on that portion of the canal, and I didn't see any of them catch a single fish. Quite a bummer! I did see a couple big fish swim by - what seemed to be Bluefish. On the other hand, my experience with Saltwater fishes is pretty limited; therefore, it could as well be anything. Haha.
For 2 hours of fishing, we caught about 20 fish altogether. Not bad!
Unfortunately, there weren't as many accessible places to fish there. Parking itself was very difficult on the Cape Cod Bay side, not to mention that the fishing... pier in the center of the city was closed. Therefore, we decided to fish the surf on the northern side of Provincetown.
After 2 hours or so, we ended up with nothing! There were a couple more people fishing there, and none of them caught anything. We had a couple crab bites, and that was pretty much it.
Time: 3:00-7:30 p.m.
- 5 Black Sea Bass
- 1 Atlantic Croaker
- 1 Fluke (Summer Flounder)
- 2 Bergall
I spent 3 days with my family in Atlantic City. Fishing was very good at the jetties on the Absecon Inlet! My dad, brother-in-law, and I finished with multiple Species of fish, not to mention that we even took some Croaker home. They were delicious, by the way. =)
On the first day, we ended up with a couple Black Sea Bass (no keepers), Fluke, Bergall and a couple small Bluefish. We experimented a couple different baits: mackerel strips, squid and clams. Clams turned out to work best!
--- August 12th, 2013 ---
Time: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- 3 Spot Croaker
- 15 Atlantic Croaker
- 1 Bergall
- 5 Black Sea Bass
There were a couple people there fishing for Croaker with Bloodworms. Since we didn't have any of it, we used clams. They worked very well!
We ended up with a bunch of Atlantic Croaker, Spot Croaker, a couple small Bluefish and Black Sea Bass. Hands up for a Tautog, caught at the end of the jetty (among rocks) with a little piece of Crab. Since it was below 15 inches (legal size), that fish is still there. Pictures of it are below.
--- August 13th, 2013 ---
Time: 1:00-5:30 p.m.
- 1 Bluefish
- 3 Atlantic Croaker
- 7 Black Sea Bass
- 1 Bergall
On the last day of our trip to AC, we went crabbing on the back bay. However, the weather was brutal -- really bad thunder storm in the morning!
After crabbing for 3 hours, we caught only a couple small ones (like 5 of them). So, we all decided to go back to the jetty!
We fished there from 1 to 5:30 p.m., ending up with tons of Atlantic and Spot Croaker!
Highlight of the day goes to a new Species for me: the Northern Puffer. I was very happy with it -- gorgeous fish! Heh.
--- August 14th, 2013 ---
- 1 Largemouth Bass
My father and I decided to go to the Newton Lake at Collingswood - NJ.
Also, I noticed from the signs there that the Lake was no longer being treated only with a harmless Algaecide for wildlife and humans alike (original plan for late July was the continuous use of the Captain chelated product); but with a pesticide instead!
That's truly a shame because the pesticide is toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates, not to mention that any contact with that body of water may cause harm (i.e. kids swimming, animals drinking, other types of ingestion, etc). That pesticide may also contribute to loss of oxygen, resulting in a fishkill for smaller Species of fish.
Anyways...what is done is done. We ended the day with a bunch of Bluegills, a couple Black Crappies, one nice Channel Catfish, and a new Species for me: a Western Mosquito Fish (analyzed under a microscope to count the anal fin).
It was certainly a blast! We ended up the day with Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, and Green Sunfish. My dad caught 2 nice Smallmouth Bass and I caught 2 nice Largemouth Bass -- the biggest being a 2lber (I didn't take photos because I wanted to release them right away). Apart from the Largemouth Bass, everything else was caught on "Gulp! Alive Minnows." That's why I'm always recommending people to purchase 1/64oz jigs from the Trout Magnet company and the "Gulp!" 2-3 inch minnows.
Almost all Species of fish kill it! It's also great bait for Crappies, not mention that Bass will hit it as well. Golden!
My father came to the USA to visit on July 31st, and he left on the 22nd. I stayed with him for 22 days or so, and now I won't be seeing him for a year. Unfortunately, that's how life is! The good part is that we spent a lot of time fishing together, just like the old good times, back in São Paulo. Our last session, on the Neshaminy Creek, was something we will remember for a long time. =)
Nothing much to say. I hit the Schuylkill River twice during day time, only to get skunked! I had plenty of small bites on my cutbait rods; however, no takers. On both days, I missed a fish just before netting it. It was quite frustrating.
But hey -- it was still great to be out there. The weather was awesome: plenty of other people fishing around, beautiful ladies getting a tan, not to mention that you can always sit under a shade on the Banks.
- 4 Flathead Catfish (17lbs kicker)
- 8 Bluegills
- 1 Green Sunfish
Fall is coming -- a great time for Flathead fishing!
Before Winter comes, I advise readers to prepare their live baits (i.e. Sunnies, Chubs, Shiners) and try the Schuylkill River for at least one night! Who knows -- you may catch a fish of a lifetime.
Taking in consideration that I was getting so skunked during day time, I decided to shift for night time fishing. Since my classes at Temple also started this week, it fits my schedule as well! =)
I arrived at Kelly Drive around 5:30 p.m. I got myself a couple Sunnies on the Gulp! Minnows, and set my rods for the big Flatheads. No monsters; however, I ended the night with 4 Flathead Catfish -- a 17lber kicker.
Pictures are below:
- 5 Flathead Catfish (11lbs kicker)
- 5 Bluegills
- 1 Green Sunfish
- 1 Largemouth Bass
Great night on the Schuylkill River, and my last fishing session for August! I fished it with my friend Kevin W. and Donald G.. We finished the night with 15+ Flathead Catfish, totaling more than 100lbs in weight.
Don got the first Flathead of his life -- a feisty 38lber (picture below). Kevin got his new PB for Flathead -- 14.5lbs (picture coming soon). I didn't get anything gigantic (my kicker was 11lbs); however, it was great to see my friends landing fish!
Pictures are below:
After a lot of sweat, we finally landed the beast: a 38lber Flathead Catfish -- the biggest one of the night, and Don's first Flathead of his life (what a lucky guy! LUCKY GUY, DON!!!). Congratulations on the big catch, Bro! We were all so psyched after the three of us landed that fish. It was certainly a group effort to land it.
Truly a feisty fish: 44 inches in length, 22 inches of girth. It measured 38lbs even on the digital scale.
Someone was passing by with his girlfriend (I assume); so, I asked them to take a couple pictures for us! Thanks, dude, whoever you are! He also got a picture of his girl with the three of us. Haha.
It was overall a great and pleasant evening. We missed a lot of fish and we also landed a lot of fish. We were super tired at the end of the fishing session; however, Kevin wanted to fish even more! Haha. I guess his monster will have to wait a little bit.
Fall is almost here, guys! Time to enjoy some prime fishing before Winter comes.
And this completes the August 2013 fishing sessions' post. It was awesome to fish with my Dad in Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Atlantic City, and multiple spots around Philly and New Jersey. I collected many new samples during this month, expanding my Species list.
I can't wait for Fall to come, though! There will be some monsters lurking around. =)