Sunday, October 24, 2010

Susquehanna River Below Harrisburg, Pa. 10.24.10

Something is very wrong with this picture.... It's late October, the water temperature is 52-54 degrees, light winds, slightly overcast with some sun, and the water level at Harrisburg is hovering around 4' and only two fish came to hand!! We met up with another angler at the ramp around 2:15 p.m. and they had NO fish all day. :-\

This is October, folks, and we were fishing just below Harrisburg. Several weeks ago, this was a hot spot and the fish were very, very active. But today, we experienced one of the most difficult fall fishing days in recent memory.

We tossed spinnerbaits, tubes (3 different sizes), crankbaits, jerkbaits, and a various assortment of plastics with very limited results. In fact, we didn't get a fish until after lunch. ::)

As our friend Chris Gorsuch (OBjet) mentioned... "Feast or Famine." Today was famine for us!

We did, however, land a healthy 17" smallmouth, as well as, a 14.75" smallmouth that was a real porker. I have seen quite a few of these distended belly shorter fish recently. Today's "shortie" produced evidence of gorging on crayfish! (Don't ask... LOL!)

Oh well, we'll get 'em next time!


I finally got around to downloading the pic from yesterday and one from today's outing. This 17" came on a 2.5" tube between ledges and in about 4' of water.

I was at the Dermatologist last Tuesday and had three sun spots "frozen" with liquid nitrogen. The doc actually creates frostbite on the skin to remove these marks (Ouch!). You can see the one on my right cheek and forehead. The third was burned from my middle finger on my right hand. I'd take a picture of it, but someone may mistaken it for me "flipping the bird" at them... LOL!! :)