May Fishing Sessions: 05/12 - Exploring and Fishing the East Branch Brandywine Creek (Downingtown, PA)
Posted by Leo Sheng at 4:34 PM
Hello, Blog Readers!
Today I'm bringing you my fishing session for May 12th (my birthday!):
--- May 12th, 2015 ---
Location: East Branch Brandywine Creek (Downingtown, PA)
Time: 2:00-7:30 p.m.
-- 1 Spotfin Shiner (Cyprinella spiloptera)
-- 2 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)
-- 4 Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris)
-- 1 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 4 Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
-- 1 Brown Trout (Salmo trutta)
-- 1 Fallfish (Semotilus corporalis)
-- 1 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
Below are the highlights for this fishing session:
The video is about twenty-four minutes long. A brief introduction is given until 4:00. The rest of the video focuses on Multi-Species angling. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support the YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing to it. :)
The main objective of the day was to explore the East Branch Brandywine Creek above Kerr Park. In other words; (1) find deep pools and Trout lies; and (2) catch as many different Species of fish as possible.
I used a single fishing rod for this session: an ultra-light Daiwa Spinmatic fishing rod with a Shimano Sedona 500FD reel. For line, I used 4lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon. Throughout the course of the day, I used the following lures: a Thomas Fishing Lures E.P. Series in-line Spinner, 1/8 oz., nickel/gold; and a size #6 eagle claw hook with a piece of nightcrawler or canned kernel corn. At a certain point, I also used Berkley Power Bait for the Trout.
I started my day fishing just above Kerr Park, where I immediately saw two Golden Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss mutation) chilling in the water. That's where I caught my small Spotfin Shiner on the Thomas in-line spinner. As a matter of fact, that was my first ever Spotfin Shiner from the East Branch Brandywine Creek, which was pretty neat!
Soon after, I started walking upstream, cautiously looking for deep pools and Trout lies. I found a small dam with a very promising pool above it. That's where I saw my third Golden Rainbow Trout of the day! Amazing, isn't it? Spotted Three Golden Rainbow Trout in one day! I tried the in-line spinner there without much success; although, I did miss a small Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) on a jump. Then, I shifted gears for a size #6 Eagleclaw hook and nightcrawlers. I ended up catching a nice Redbreast Sunfish on it; however, still no Trout!
I walked all the way up to the north end of Kerr Park. And guess what, folks? Trout paradise! That's where I saw my fourth Golden Rainbow Trout of the day, not to mention the numerous Rainbow Trout hanging in the shallows. I immediately switched gears to kernel corn and Powerbait, finishing there with a few Rainbow Trout. Believe it or not, I also landed a Rock Bass on the corn. Unbelievable, isn't it? Rock Bass on the corn...
For the rest of the day, I pretty much walked back to the Downingtown Regional rail through Kerr Park. On my way back, I actually witnessed a fire:
The Downingtown fire on May 12th, 2015. Definitely something that you do not see when you stay at home! Thankfully, nobody got hurt in it.
On my way back, I missed a nice Largemouth Bass on the in-line spinner, but ended up landing another one. I caught a nice Fallfish by the regional rail bridge -- my first ever Fallfish from the East Branch Brandyine Creek. I scored a bonus Brown Trout on the in-line spinner, which was pretty neat. And, of course, I also ended up catching a couple more sunnies on the nightcrawler.
My first ever Fallfish from the East Branch Brandywine Creek. Always glad to know that they are in there.
"Things that you don't see when you stay at home:" A family of ducks swimming in the Creek.
A greedy little Spotfin Shiner darted for my in-line spinner. Amazing, isn't it? On a side note, Spotfin Shiner are beautiful fish, specially when it's spawning season (the anal fin gets white).
Probably my biggest Redbreast Sunfish for the day. The fish was caught on a piece of nightcrawler.
The Downingtown fire. Horrible sign, but thankfully nobody got hurt in the end! A salve of applause for our firefighters.
A chubby Rock Bass from the East Branch Brandywine Creek.
Gorgeous Largemouth Bass hit my spinner right under the walking bridge before Kerr Park. Note the colors on it: typical colors for clear water environment (low saturation).
On my way back to the Regional Rail Station, I scored a nice Brown Trout! The funny thing is that the spot where I caught it was exactly like didactic fishing books describe. I call it "a spot by the book." Heh
Best of luck for all of us,
Long Days and Pleasant Nights,