Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Heat Wave Hits the North East 08/30/10

Hello Folks,

Our neighbors' children started the 2010-2011 school year today... It's awful quiet here in the neighborhood. :)

It hasn't been too difficult dealing with the large dressing and support I now have on from last Monday's surgery, but this heat is making things a bit rough. The last thing I want to do is sweat under all this wrapping. That usual means that I'm sitting in the air conditioning and out of the 90+ degree heat during the daytime. The weather is suppose to remain this hot through Friday and then cooler weather will move in.

I will have the sutures removed this coming Friday and then I'll be able to get back in our swimming pool for a few more days to cool off. We plan to close the pool for the winter months on September 16 so there's not much time to enjoy it.

Once I get this dressing off and the sutures removed, I plan on bringing some more pics to you. It's not easy moving about the boat and getting things I need to show you. I have a lot of useful hints regarding tackle and gear that I would like to write on.

On another topic, I have an acquaintance that will be fishing the TBF Championships on the Susquehanna Flats in three weeks. I have been able to share some info with him regarding some of my expereinces on the "Flats" that hopefully will be helpful.

I enjoy assisting friends and site members with whatever I can to help them have a positive fishing experience. Two years ago, I was called upon to assist a friend with information on Lake Clarke (Long Level, Susquehanna River). He had never fished this area prior to the tournament. He found a tremendous amount of success and won first place in one of the many areas I wrote to him about. It felt good that he was able to put together a winning pattern on the information I shared.

I competed for quite a number of years in the Pa. BASS Federation back in the late 80's and the 90's. I enjoyed spending time with folks who also enjoyed fishing as much as I did. My experiences were usually enjoyable. But as time went on, we accepted new members into our club who were extremely cut throat and highly competitive. Despite my successes in tournament angling at the club, district, and state level, I decided to hang up the tournament scene because I no longer enjoyed my time on the water with these new members and thei negativitity. However, I still remain close friends with at least two of the older members and often fish with the one.

There is an open tournament sponsored by the Susquehanna Fishing Tackle (SFT) on Lake Clarke coming up on November 7, 2010. Josh and I fished this tornament last year and placed 7th. The river was rising quickly that day and became rather muddy. We managed two smallmouth bass over the 18" size limit. The creel limit was 3 bass per boat.

Susquehanna Fishing Tackle Store Event

We have fished three open tournaments on this section of the river in the past year and have placed 7th, 4th, and 5th. My goal is to always come in the Top 10 which we have been able to do.

We also plan another North Branch Trip in November, 2010. This trip may interfer with the November 7th tournament. We'll have to see what the NB trip dates will be and whether we'll have enough time to prepare for the open on November 7, 2010.

Take Care,