Sunday, September 4, 2011

Catchin' Up

I've been out on 3 fishing trips without a blog entry so I guess its time to catch up.
Headed to a stream southeast of home for a morning fish. This was a new to me stretch of stream so I was anxious to explore the nice looking water.

Caught several bass in the 8-10 inch class but nothing bigger.

After a couple of hours I had to think about turning back toward the truck. I came to a long slow stretch of water and I wanted to see what was around the far bend of the stream, so I put on a jointed Rapala that I could fish the water faster with than a plastic worm. I soon had a hard strike with alot of thrashing on the surface. When I reeling it in this is what was on it, two Fallfish on one lure.

Paw Paw thickets lined the bank along this stream. Here are a couple of bruiser Paw Paws.

Spotted a box turtle on the walk back and noticed something wrong.

It's shell was cracked in several places. I was far from the road or any farm fields. Perhaps a bear had tried for a turtle meal and gave up just in time for the turtles sake. Don't know if it would make it or not but that's the way of Mother Nature.

My next trip was to the river for a Saturday late morning fish. The sun was shining brightly and the temps were getting hot, but the fish were pretty cooperative.

The Sunnies were hungry for anything that they could fit in their mouths.

A purple grub proved to be irresistible to several nice bass.

Caught a good number of Rock Bass also. This one fell to a green Carrot, one of the new baits I've been trying out.

The purple grub, also a new bait, fooled this Rocky.

As I waded through some riffles I noticed this Stone Cat that must have just died wedged between two rocks. It's the first time that I've had a close look at one. their an odd little fish.

Looks like a place where someone spends some time relaxing along the river.

Sunday morning I headed downriver to a point only a mile or so from Lake Raystown. Couldn't catch a thing for the first hour or so until I tried the backside of a small island. That's were they were. Caught several this size.

After being unhooked this one returns to its lair.

The best one of the day, a 14 incher with an oddly misshaped top jaw. It must not have been a handicap because it was a nice solid fish that put up a great fight.

Here's a nice bright red Dragonfly that posed for me.

My best pic to date of the elusive Great Blue Heron.

The cardinal flower is easy to spot along the riverbank.

A Green Heron that wouldn't let me get any closer.

Have one more day to fish before returning to work but the forecast doesn't look to promising.


ruff hunter said...

I love your blogs and I'm really looking forward to the Pa. grouse season kicking off. I hunt grouse in East Tennessee and this is the best site on the internet (IMO )...Andrew

ruff hunter said...

I love your blogs and I'm really looking forward to the Pa. grouse season kicking off. I hunt grouse in East Tennessee and this is the best site on the internet.( IMO )..Love the pics also

Greyphase said...

Thanks for the kind words Andrew, but now you've put the pressure on me to post some bird, dog, and gun pics this fall :). Being a southern Appalachian mountain grouse hunter you know how tough these birds we love to chase can be.

ruff hunter said...

You and your dogs can do it... just wandering when you and your dogs will do some scouting? Andrew

Greyphase said...


Hope to make it out by the end of Sept. for some tune-up runs. Work and family comitments are consuming most of my free time right now. Pa's season starts in mid-October but I won't be able to get in much serious hunting until the 1st of Nov. when my vaction starts. Then it's 3 weeks of heaven. Have some new coverts to explore and of course some old favorites to wander through.