Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report (10/6/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 3.6 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.7 with 10,800CF of flow and 68 degrees.  

1.      Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 4:00 to 6:30 PM and we caught 4 Bass. The largest was 16” and we caught them on Tubes and Crankbaits. The river stage was 3.7 – 11,000CF – Clear – Steady and 66 degrees. We had a BP of 29.75 and steady.

2.      Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we fished from two different locations. We caught 25 Bass and 8 Walleye. The largest bass was 19” and the largest Walleye was 20”. All the Walleye were legal length. We caught them on Spinnerbaits, Stickbaits and jigs. The river stage was 3.7 – 11,000CF – Clear – Steady and 66 degrees. We had a BP of 29.75 and steady.  

3.      Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday evening and we fished from 3:30 to 6:30 PM and we caught 18 Bass. The largest Bass was 18” and we caught them on Stickbaits and Spinnerbaits. We had 3.6 – 9,200CF – Clear – Steady and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.95 and rising.

4.      Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was a Wednesday PM Catfish Trip and we caught 7 Flatheads and 1 Channel Cat. The largest Flathead was 31.01#. This fish was 41” long and had a girth of 23”. We caught them all on live bait. We lost our first two fish then Tim caught a 19.5#, a 25.2# and then his 31.01# consectutively. We had 3.7 – Steady – 11,200CF – Stained  and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.95 and steady.

5.      Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was a Full Day Trip on Thursday and we caught 20 Bass and the largest was 19”. We caught them on Top Water, Spinnerbaits and Jigs. We had to pull the boat and fish two different areas to salvage the day. We had 3.6 – Steady – 9.300CF – Clear and 67 degrees.

6.      Trip #6 – Guide Trip – This was a Half Day Tip on Friday afternoon and we boated 8 Bass. The largest was 17.75” and we caught them on Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits and Stickbaits. We had 3.7 – Steady – 11,000 CF – Clear and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and falling.   

7.      Trip #7 – Making Bait – This was on Saturday morning and we fished from 7:30 to 8:30 AM and we caught 40+ Sunfish, 5 Largemouth, 2 Smallmouth and 1 Fallfish. We caught them all on jig/worm combo. We had 3.7 – Steady -10,800CF – Clear and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.70 and rising.

8.      The Catfish Gold continues to be our best bait for Channel Cats. A large Channel Cat on this bait is about 24” but we use smaller rods when we go for these so it is still a great battle. The cost is $6.95 per container and I have it is stock. On a half day trip one container usually last the entire trip when we are fishing 4 rods but it depends on how many bites you are getting and how fast the current is that you are fishing.  

The cooler temperatures should soon get the larger Flatheads active as well as make the bass fishing more consistent.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Koinonia Susquehanna Fishing Report (9/29/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 3.9 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.6 with 9,500CF of flow and 66 degrees.  

1.      Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 9:30 to 3:00 PM and we caught 24 Bass. The largest was 19.5” and we caught them on Zell Pops and Spinnerbaits. The river stage was 3.6 – 10,100CF – Clear – Steady and 70 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and steady.

2.      Trip #2 – Guide Trip – This was on Tuesday and we fished from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and we caught 9 Channel Cat and 1 Flathead. The largest Channel was 23.5” and the Flathead was 7.04#. We caught them on Catfish Gold and the Flathead was caught on Live Bait. The river stage was 3.6 – 9,200CF – Stained – Falling and 67 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and falling.  

3.      Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday evening and we fished from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and we caught 30 Bass and 5 Walleye. The largest Bass was 19.5” and the largest Walleye was 19”. All of the Walleye were legal size. We caught them on Stickbaits, Jigs and Top Water. We had 3.6 – 9,200CF – Stained – Falling and 67 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and falling.

4.      Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was a Thursday PM half day trip and we caught 1 Channel Cat and 2 Flatheads. The largest Channel Cat was 21” and the largest Flathead was 16.11#. We caught them on Catfish Gold and live bait. We had 3.5 – Steady – 8,100CF – Clear and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and steady.

5.      Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was a Friday PM Trip and we caught 7 Flatheads and 2 Channel Cats. The largest Flathead was 32# and 41.5” long. We caught them all on live bait. We had 3.5 – Steady – 7,900CF – Stained and 67 degrees.

6.      Trip #6 – Guide Trip – This was a Saturday AM Trip and we caught 6 Flatheads and 6 Channel Cats. The largest Flathead was 15.20# and the largest Channel Cat was 24”. We caught all the Flatheads on live bait plus two of the Channel Cats. The other 4 Channel Cats were caught on Catfish Gold. We had 3.6 – Rising – 9,500 CF – Clear and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.85 and falling. We had a wind out of the north.  

7.      The Catfish Gold continues to be our best bait for Channel Cats. A large Channel Cat on this bait is about 24” but we use smaller rods when we go for these so it is still a great battle. The cost is $6.95 per container and I have it is stock. On a half day trip one container usually last the entire trip when we are fishing 4 rods but it depends on how many bites you are getting and how fast the current is that you are fishing.  

8.      The cooler temperatures should soon get the larger Flatheads active as well as make the bass fishing more consistent.
                  
 HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report (7/28/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 3.3 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.3 with 5,800CF of flow and 81 degrees.  

1.      Trip #1 – Bait Trip – This was on Wednesday and we fished from 4:00 PM to 6:15 PM and we caught 50+ Sunfish. We caught them all on Jig/worm combos. The river stage was 3.2 - 5,000CF – Stained – Steady and 83 degrees. We had a BP of 29.50 and Steady.

2.      Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Friday and we fished from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and we caught 2 Flatheads and 1 Channel Cat. We caught them all on live bait. We had 3.2 – 5,100CF – Clear – Steady and 82 degrees. We had a BP of 29.65 and rising.

3.      Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Saturday morning and we fished from 4:30 AM to 8:30 AM and we boated 4 Flatheads. We had two over 20# and the largest was 21.3# and was 36.25” long. We caught them all on live bait. We had 3.3 – 5,800CF – Clear – Steady and 81 degrees. We had a BP of 29.80 and falling.

4.      No Trip

5.      No Trip

6.      We had another successful trip to Alaska last week and we have plenty of fish for the fish fry.

7.      The water temperatures are cooling so the bass fishing and catfish fishing should improve.

                       HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report (7/21/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

This is a report from our Alaska Trip.  

1.      Saturday, July 14th leave Harrisburg at 12:05 PM on Delta. Arrive in Detroit at 1:36PM and leave for Minneapolis/St. Paul at 3:25PM. Arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul at 4:21PM and leave for Anchorage at 5:15PM and arrive in Anchorage at 8:01PM which is actually 4 hours later or mid night Eastern Standard Time. We got our luggage and rental van and checked into the Anchorage Hilton. After checking in we did our annual trip to the movie theatre. After the movie we went to bed which was about 4:00AM Eastern Time.

2.      Sunday, July 15th we had a buffet breakfast meeting and introduced all the clients to each other and gave a brief description of the week to come. After breakfast we checked out of the hotel, did some shopping and then headed out to Soldotna which is where our base is the balance of the week. Soldotna is on the Kenai Peninsula and we stay right on the Kenai River. Upon arrival at the Kenai River Inn we assigned rooms and while the crew settled in we went to pick up our fishing gear. The sockeye just started arriving in the Kenai River so the guys spent the evening catching Sockeye Salmon from our dock and I took 145# to the processor. It was raining when we left Anchorage but the son came out when we arrived at Soldotna.

3.      Monday, July 16th we headed out at 4:30AM for the town of Homer to fish from the Foxfire for Halibut and Ling Cod. The weather was clear but we had 6-8 foot rollers and it was a long tough day on the water. We were actually on the boat for approximately 15 hours. On the way home I dropped off 148# of Halibut Fillets and 153# of Cod fillets. The boys were whooped when we got home and there was not much salmon fishing done.

4.      Tuesday, July 17th I got the group up and 8 people went on a trout float trip. Both groups enjoyed the trip and many rainbow trout were caught. They were all released to fight another day.

5.      Wednesday, July 18th we left for Seward at 4:00AM to go fishing on the Voyager for a Silver Salmon and Halibut Trip. The silver salmon action was fast and furious and it did not take long to catch our limit of 42 = 3 per man. We then headed out to catch a limit of Halibut and this again was very productive and we had our limit with several hours of the trip left. We always hire the entire boat and therefore we have some input with the captain of what we want to do. We discussed our options with the captain and decided to go for some ling cod and bottom fish. We ended up keeping about 10 ling cod, 5 sea bass and some yellow eye rock fish. I took these fillets to the processor that night and we had 420# of fillets. The guys were not exhausted when we returned and we caught some Sockeye Salmon from our dock.

6.      Thursday, July 19th we had 8 guys scheduled for a power boat King Trip but do to the lack of King Salmon in the river, the fishery was closed. We also had a group of guys scheduled for a Halibut Trip out of Deep Creek but we were blown off the water due to bad sea conditions. The group enjoyed a relaxing day of fishing for Sockeye and then that night we did our annual evening out of enjoying the Official Alaskan Balladeer, Hobo Jim. Once again he put on a great show and his songs reflect the Alaskan life amazingly.

7.      Friday, July 20th we sent 4 guys on a Trout Float Trip and once again we had our guys blown off of Deep Creek. We again hung around camp and fished for Sockeye and some guys did some site seeing and shopping. We fished for Sockeye until 1:00AM.

8.      Saturday, July 21st my father and I got up at 4:00AM and went down to the dock and caught some Sockeye before packing up to head home. It was raining so the fish processor gave us a room inside to package our fish. We boxed approximately 30 boxes of fish fillets to bring home. Some guys brought fish home on the plane and others Fed Ex their fish. We left Soldotna around 1:00PM and were at the airport in Anchorage by 4:00PM. We checked in the guys for the early flight and we all went to diner at the Sea Galley in Anchorage. The plant allows me to take fish to them until Mid Night so I do not get to bed until about 12:30AM each night and I get up at 3:00 to 6:00AM everyday so I am beat by the end of the week. I was on the plan at 8:30PM and I was asleep before the plan took off. We came back thru the same cities and arrived in Harrisburg on Sunday at noon.

This year we the majority of our group was from PA but we had 2 from Utah, 1 form Seattle, 1 from Illinois and 1 from the Bahamas. It was a really good group and we all got along very well. Should you like to know more about Alaska, you can reach me at koinoniagdesvc@aol.com.

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                       HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report (7/14/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 3.3 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.2 with 5,100CF of flow and 85 degrees.  

1.      Trip #1 – Bait Trip – This was on Tuesday and we fished from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM in a creek in Perry County. We caught 50+ Chubs and 15 Sunfish. We caught them all on Jig/worm combos. The river stage was 3.3 - 6,000CF – Clear – Steady and 91 degrees. We had a BP of 29.85 and Steady. 

2.      Trip #2 – Guide Trip – This was on Tuesday and was a half day PM White Perch Trip. We caught 35White Perch, 7 Blue Gill, 1 Largemouth Bass, 1 Yellow Perch and one 19” Walleye. We caught them on a crawler harness. We had a BP of 29.85 and Steady.

3.      Trip #3 – Guide Trip – This was a Half Day PM Guide Trip on Wednesday at Lake Marburg and we caught 35 White Perch, 7 Sunfish, 1 Walleye and 1 Largemouth Bass. We caught them all on a crawler harness. We had a BP of 29.80 and Steady.

4.      Trip #4 – Making Bait – This was on Thursday afternoon and we fished from 4:30 PM to 7:30 and we caught 150+ Sunfish and 5 Rockbass. We caught them all on jig/worm combo. We had 3.2 – 5,500CF – Clear – Steady and 85 degrees. It was windy and we had a BP of 30.15 and steady.

5.      Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was a half day trip on Friday morning and we caught 5 Flatheads and the largest was 12.14#. We had 2 over 10 pounds and we caught them all on live bait. We had 3.2 -5,100CF – Clear – Steady and 85 degrees. It was calm and we had a BP of 30.20 and steady.

6.      The White Perch and Sunfish fishing continue to be very good and you can bring home plenty to eat. These trips are late afternoon trips and are on a local lake. We are also catching some Walleye.

7.      We leave today for Alaska so there may not be a local report next week

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New Jersey with the Kayak Fishing Show (SFM, June 2012)

From the June 2012 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine:

Memorial Day Weekend with the Kayak Fishing Show
By John “Toast” Oast

            Over Memorial Day Weekend I had the great pleasure of filming with the Kayak Fishing Show at the Jersey Shore, where we were fishing for for stripers and bluefish.  The show airs on the World Fishing Network (WFN).  On Friday I met up with my friend Jim Sammons, the show’s host, and Will Richardson, the show’s producer.  We were joined by Chris Shoplock from Harry’s Army-Navy.  Jim and Will had just run up the shore after filming with some of my buddies in the Virginia Beach area.  Our goal was to highlight the great kayak angling opportunities just down the road in New Jersey.

            After getting “all our ducks in a row” Friday morning, and meeting up with our chase boat (Drake’s Waterfowl Guide), we headed towards the backwaters for some bluefish action.  We were throwing a combination of tackle.  I was lucky enough to catch the first two fish of the shoot (of course the first was a foul-hooked blue).  For a little more action, I was using a medium weight freshwater bass outfit, and tossing a jerkbait I often use for walleye.  It worked great!  Then the others got into the action, and Jim found the perfect pattern for the blues.  On the way in we were able to help out some fellow boaters, and I was glad I was in my Ocean Kayak Torque.  You’ll have to watch the episode to see what happened next…

            On Saturday Gerry Benedicto from Seaguar met up with us for his first ever kayak angling experience…  oh, and his first ever surf launch, too.  We launched off the beach to meet back up with our chase boat, and searched for big stripers about a mile offshore.  Throughout the day the conditions continued to build, and the swells began to face-up.  Of our group, I caught our lone striper, but it was a beautiful specimen, and an awesome fight from the kayak in the conditions!  When the weather began to look ominous, we decided to head in.  And my surf landing was less than impressive.

John"Toast" Oast landing a sizable striper...

            On Sunday morning we headed out early with another chase boat (On a Mission Fishing Adventures).  This time we mother-shipped the boats a couple miles offshore.  For most of the day the conditions were much better than the previous day, and Jim and Chris were both able to boat some nice stripers.  But again, by afternoon the conditions turned, and we were forced to head in.  Unfortunately we were able to see a helicopter search for a missing teenager from the beach as we returned to the marina.  Sunday was a very dramatic and exciting day, but again, watch the episode to see all the action.

Jim Sammons in search of New Jersey blues...

            A huge thanks goes out to Jim, Will, Chris, Gerry, Eric, and David.  It was a great weekend, and an experience I will never forget!

John “Toast” Oast is the publisher of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine and a member of the Ocean Kayak Pro Staff.  His kayak rigging videos have received thousands of views, and been linked to websites around the world.  For more information, visit http://fishyaker.com/ and his Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/fishyaker.

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report, 5/26/12

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 6.3 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.8 with 30,600CF of flow and 75 degrees.  

  1. Trip #1 – Guide Trip – This was on Wednesday and was a half day AM Bass Trip and we caught 40+ Bass and 5 Fallfish. The largest Bass was 18.75”. We caught them on Crankbaits, Stickbaits and Soft Plastics on Jigs. We had 5.0 – 37,400CF – Stained – Steady and 70 degrees. We had a BP of 29.80 and steady.
  2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday and we fished from 4:30 to 8:30 PM and we boated 5 Flatheads and 4 small Channel Cats. The largest Flathead was 12.12#. We caught them on live bait and Jig/Crawlers. We had 5.0 – 37,400CF – Stained – Steady and 74 degrees.
  3. Trip #3 – Guide Bait Trip – This was a Thursday PM trip and we fished from 3:30 to 6:30 PM and we caught 1 Rockbass, 1 Channel Cat, 1 Yellow Perch, 3 Crappie and 80+ Sunfish. This was on a creek but the river was at 5.1 37,400CF – Steady – Stained and 74 degrees. We had a BP of 29.90 and rising.   
  4. Trip #4 - Guide Trip – This was a Friday PM half day trip for Catfish and we caught 4 Flatheads and 1 Channel Cat. The largest Flathead was 6#. We caught them all on live bait. We had 5.0 – 35,800CF – Stained – Falling and 79 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and steady.  
  5. Trip #5 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was Friday evening and we fished from 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM and we caught 4 Flatheads and 2 Channel Cats. The largest Flathead was 8# and the largest Channel Catfish was 3#. The river was 5.0 – Falling – Stained and 79 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and steady.
  6. Trip #6 – Guide Bait Trip – This was on Saturday morning and we fished from 8:30AM to 11:30 AM and we caught 5 Channel Cats, 3 Crappie, 1 Largemouth and 50+ Sunfish.
  7. Trip #7 – Guide Fun Trip – This was on Saturday morning and we fished from 11:00 to 2:00 PM and we caught 2 Walleye and 35 White Perch. This was on a Lake and we caught them on a Crawler Harness and Jig/worm combos. The largest Walleye was 18” and the largest White Perch was 12”.
  8. The White Perch and Sunfish fishing continues to be very good and you can bring home plenty to eat. These trips are late afternoon trips and are on a local lake. We are also catching some Walleye as well and the Walleye fishing should continue to build.
  9. The catfish bite is starting to get better and it should continue to become more consistent. The big Flathead to date was caught this week and is 12.12#. 

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com
                                      

                       HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service, Susquehanna Fishing Report (4/21/12)

Hi Gang,

The river was at 3.9 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.7 with 11,000CF of flow and 67 degrees.  

  1. Trip #1 – Guide Trip – This was on Monday and was a half day PM trip and we caught 6 bass and 1 channel cat. The largest bass was17” and the channel cat was 7.11#. We caught them on Spinnerbaits. We had 3.9 – 13,500CF – Clear – Steady and 64 degrees. We had a BP of 29.90 and falling.

  1. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was Tuesday afternoon at Lake Marburg and we caught 50+ Panfish. We fished from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM and we caught them on a jig/bait combo. The largest was 9” and we had plenty to keep for eating. We had a BP of 30.00 and steady.  

  1. Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wedenesday morning and we fished from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM and we caught 5 Smallmouth. The largest was 17.5” and we caught them on Stickbaits and Spinnerbaits. We had 3.9 – 12,700CF – Clear – Steady and 62 degrees. It was cloudy with a BP of 30.20 and falling.

  1. Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was a half day trip on Thursday morning and we caught 7 Smallmouth, 1 Largemouth and 2 Sunfish. The largest smallmouth was 14.5” and the Largemouth was 14”. We caught them on a Stickbaits, Spinnerbaits and Salty Spider Jigs. We had 3.9 – 12,400CF – Clear – Steady and 63 degrees. It was sunny with a BP of 29.90 and steady.

  1. Trip #5 & 6 – Guide Trip - This was a two boat outing for half day trips on Thursday afternoon and we boated 32 Smallmouth and 1 Channel Cat. The largest bass was 20” and the Channel Cat was 9.11#. We caught them on live bait, Spinnerbaits and jigs. We had 3.9 – 12,400CF – Clear – Steady and 64 degrees. It was sunny and we had a BP of 29.90 and steady.

  1. Trip #7 – Guide Trip - This was a half day trip on Friday afternoon and we boated 25 Smallmouth and the largest was 18.75”. We caught them on live bait and tubes. We had 3.8 – 11,600CF – Clear – Steady and 65 degrees. It was sunny with a BP of 29.90 and falling.

  1. Trip #8 – Guide Trip - This was a full day trip on Saturday and we boated 15 Smallmouth and 1 Walleye. The largest Smallmouth was 19.25” and the Walleye was 21.25”. We caught them on live bait, Spinnerbaits, and Jigs. We had 3.7 – 11,000CF – Clear – Steady and 67 degrees. It was sunny with a BP of 29.60 and falling.

  1. Trip #9 – Guide Fun Trip – This was a full day trip down at the bay and we boated 40+ small stipers.

  1. We had a lot of slime to deal with this week so we were limited to how much we could throw baits with treble hooks. Fishing has been difficult and we had to resort to live baits on numerous trips.

  1. The last day of Bass Season on the Lower Susquehanna is April 30th but don’t worry, Koinonia will still be here to serve you with Catfish Trips, Trips to Lake Marburg and trips on the North and West Branch of the Susquehanna where there is no closed season for bass.
 

Chris with an Angler Award 19.25” and 3.5# Smallie.

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                       HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Susquehanna Flats Kayak Fishing Jamboree This Weekend!

Don't forget that the Susquehanna Flats Kayak Fishing Jamboree is this weekend. Susquehanna Fishing Magazine will be there.

http://sfkfj.com/

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service, Susquehanna Fishing Report (4-7-12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 4.5 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.3 with 21,200CF of flow and 48 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Trip – This was on Tuesday evening and we fished from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM and we boated 5 Smallmouth. The largest was 17.75” and we caught it on a stickbait. We caught 3 on a stickbait and 2 on a Forked Tailed Dinger. We had 4.5 – 24,500CF – Clear – Steady and 57 degrees. We had a BP of 29.80 and rising and we had sunny skies.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Trip – This was a full day trip on Tuesday and we caught 15 Walleye and 12 Bass. The largest Walleye was 20” and the largest Smallmouth was 17.5”. We caught them on soft plastics and Stickbaits. We had 4.5 – 24,500CF – Clear – Steady and 57 degrees. It was sunny with a BP of 29.80 and rising.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Trip – This was a half day AM trip on Wednesday and we caught 8 bass and the largest was 16.5”. Fishing was extremely tough and we caught 7 on Stickbaits and 1 on a tube. We had 4.5 – 24,500CF – Clear – Steady and 58 degrees. It was sunny and extremely windy with a BP of 29.40 and steady.

4. Trip #5 – #6 Guide Trip – This was a half day PM Combo Trip on Wednesday and we had two boats. We went touring and exploring and fishing with a family from Michigan. We caught 4 Smallmouth, 1 Largemouth, 5 Walleye and 1 Channel Cat. The largest Smallie was 16”, the Largemouth was 14”, the Walleye was 18” and the Catfish was 18”. We caught them on Stickbaits, Soft plastics and Sunfish. We had 4.5 – 24,500CF – Clear – Steady and 58 degrees. It was sunny and extremely windy with a BP of 29.40 and steady.

5. Trip #7 – Guide Trip – This was on Friday and was a full day trip and we boated 25 Smallmouth and 20 Walleye. The largest Smallmouth was 20” and the largest Walleye was 18”. We caught them on Stickbaits and Soft Plastics. We had 4.5 – 23,400CF – Clear – Steady and 48 degrees. It was windy and sunny and we had a BP of 29.80 and falling.

6. Trip #7 – Guide Trip – This was on Saturday and was a half day AM Trip. We caught 17 Smallmouth and 8 Walleye. The largest bass was 19.25” and the largest Walleye was 18” and we caught them all on Soft Plastics. We had 4.3 – 21,200CF – Clear – Falling and 48 degrees. It was Sunny and extremely windy with a BP of 30.10 and falling.

7. The sharp drop in water temperature slowed down the Bass activity this week. However, the quality stayed good and we caught two Angler Award Smallmouth.



The Greenburger Family on their Fishing/Exploring Adventure with Koinonia Guide Service. They received a nice video to take back to Michigan with them and they caught a nice variety of fish as well.

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HAPPY EASTER

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Saturday, April 7, 2012

You MUST wear a PFD in PA this time of year... It's the law!

Even though we have nicer weather moving in, and occasional warm-to-hot afternoon, this is the most dangerous time of year for hypothermia on our region's waters. We continuously post about the importance of safety gear, especially when the water is still cold, but we thought we would repost the PA regulations on wearing a life jacket this time of year (PFD).

From the PA Fish and Boat Commission:
http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission passed a new regulation at its September 27, 2011, meeting on life jacket wear during cold weather months. This regulation takes effect November 1, 2012, and states that:

a person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.


Here is a link to info about the similar regulation in New York State:
http://nysparks.com/newsroom/press-releases/release.aspx?r=760

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

PA Press Release on Smallmouth Black Spots

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Following recent reports from anglers that some smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River have had irregular black blotches, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today confirmed that similar spots have been previously observed on fish from other waters in the state and that the spots do not appear to harm the fish. The PFBC added that because the spots are limited to skin discoloration, the fish are safe to consume under the state’s general fish consumption guidelines.

“The condition is commonly known as ‘blotchy bass’ or ‘black spot’ and has been documented occasionally in various Pennsylvania waters since as early as 1980,” said Andy Shiels, PFBC deputy director of operations. “In fact, in 1986, a nationwide survey found that the condition was present in 11 other states, including N.Y., Delaware and Maryland.”

The PFBC started hearing from anglers late last year concerning the black spots, which are most often found on the head, lips, tail or fins. Melanin is a black pigment in the skin cells of fish and this condition is often referred to by fisheries scientists as melanosis.

“It’s not precisely known what causes the condition, but the bass that our biologists examined in previous years were generally healthy and in good condition,” said Shiels. “While the appearance of these spots may be alarming, there is no harm to human health from consuming these fish.”

He added that the condition has not been linked to specific pollution events, nor is there any evidence to suggest that blotchy bass condition is related to the young-of-year smallmouth disease issues in the Susquehanna River and some of its tributaries that the PFBC and other agencies have been studying since 2005.

PFBC biologists have documented the blotchy bass condition previously in Pennsylvania in the Susquehanna River (2011, 2006); Cowanesque Lake, Tioga County (2003); the Allegheny River (1999); and in the 1980s in Conneaut Lake (Crawford County), Presque Isle Bay (Erie County), Raystown Lake and several other waters. It also was observed in New York’s Hudson River during the 1980s, which resulted in a N.Y. fisheries biologist surveying other states about the condition. The survey showed that the condition was present in largemouth and smallmouth bass in 12 states in the East, South and along the Gulf Coast.

PFBC biologists who have previously observed this condition indicate that it often occurs during the cold-water period of fall, winter and early spring, and it appears to affect only fish larger than 12 inches. It typically occurs in a localized area and not uniformly in a lake or throughout a river system. Some bass have had one or two spots while others have had a dozen or more.

Because of the previous disease issue with juvenile smallmouth bass resulting in multiple poor year classes, the PFBC has placed catch and release regulations on all smallmouth and largemouth bass on portions of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers and on their tributaries to a point one-half mile upstream, with a closed season from May 1 through June 15. The regulations apply to approximately 32 miles of the Juniata River, from the State Route 75 Bridge at Port Royal in Juniata County downstream to the mouth of the river at Duncannon, Perry County. On the Susquehanna, the regulations cover 98 miles, from the inflatable dam near Sunbury in Northumberland County downstream to the Holtwood Dam in York County.

Anglers who observe sick fish or other unusual conditions can report it to the PFBC through the website www.fishandboat.com/bassproblems.htm.

Blotchy Bass Condition
Fact Sheet

Characteristics
• Blotchy Bass Condition (also known as melanosis) is characterized by the appearance of irregular shaped black blotches resembling black ink spots. It is caused by an increase in melanocytes (black pigment cells) in the skin. Blotches typically occur on the lips, head, tail and fins. The condition is normally observed in larger adult fish (12 inches) and has been documented to affect up to 25% of a population at a given time. There are several diseases and conditions that affect the skin coloration of fish. However, it is important to note that in fish exhibiting the blotchy bass condition the discoloration will not be raised or inflamed. Bass exhibiting the blotchy bass characteristics appear to be healthy and there has been no known mortality associated with the condition.
• There is no known cause of the condition. It is thought to be related to environmental, growth or genetic factors.
• It has not been linked to general water pollution or specific pollution events.

History
• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has documented this condition in the Susquehanna River (2012, 2011, 2006); Cowanesque Lake, Tioga County (2003); Allegheny River (1999); Sugar Lake, Crawford County (pre-1999); Lake Wilhelm, Mercer County (pre-1999); Conewago Lake, Lebanon County (1989); Raystown Lake (1988); Presque Isle Bay, Erie County (1986, 1987); and Conneaut Lake, Crawford County (1980, 1981, 1982, 1985).
• The blotchy bass condition was studied in bass in the Hudson River estuaries starting in 1983.
• In 1986 a nationwide inquiry resulted in the condition being documented in 12 states including PA, NY, DE, and MD.

Consumption
• Blotchy bass condition is limited to skin discoloration and presents no human health or fish consumption concerns.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Susquehanna Fishing Magazine Now Online!

The April 2012 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine is now online and available for free download. Check out this and previous issues at SusquehannaFishing.com.

http://susquehannafishing.com/



This month's Special Interest and Feature Articles:

This Month, by L. Dunham
Mariko Izumi Asks: What’s My Line, by D. Drotman
This Year’s Spawn, by B. Milheim
Opening Day of Trout Season, by J. Misiura
Fixing Up the Boat, by B. Wilhelm
Boutique Baits, by B. Wilhelm

Sponsored by Ocean Kayak

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna River Fishing Report (3-31-12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 4.8 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.5 with 23,200CF of flow and 53 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Stocking Trip – This was a Monday evening and we fished from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM and we caught 50+ Sunfish, 1 Crappie and 2 Channel Cats. We were catching fish to stock a portable pond for a kids fishing event at a Church. We had 4.8 – 30,800CF – Stained – Steady and 48 degrees. We had a BP of 29.55 and rising and we had 25 mph winds.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Combo Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday evening and we fished from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM and we caught 3 Bass, 1 Walleye and 2 Flatheads. The largest bass was 17.75”, the Walleye was 14.5” and the Flathead was 24”. We caught them on soft plastics and cut bait. We had 4.7 – 28,700CF – Clear – Steady and 55 degrees. It was extremely windy with a BP of 29.40 and falling.

3. Trip #3 – 4 Guide Trip – This was on Friday and we had two boats for a full day trip. We boated 23 Bass and 1 Tiger Trout. The largest bass was 19.25” and the trout was 18”. We caught them on soft plastics, Stickbaits and Spinnerbaits. We had 4.5 – 25,200CF – Clear – Steady and 54 degrees. It was sunny and windy with a BP of 29.90 and falling.

4. Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was a half day PM Trip on Friday and we boated 8 Bass and the largest Bass was 19.13” and was 3.7#. We caught one on a tube and the balance on Stickbaits. We had 4.5 – 25,200CF – Clear – Steady and 54 degrees. It was sunny and windy with a BP of 29.90 and falling.

5. Trip #6 – No Trip

6. Trip #7 – No Trip

7. The sharp drop in water temperature slowed down the Bass activity this week. However, the quality stayed good and we caught two Angler Award Smallmouth on Friday.



Phil with a 19.25 inch 4# Angler Award Smallmouth caught on a modified grub.



Ed with a 19.125 inch Angler Award Smallmouth caught on a Lucky Craft.

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Monday, March 26, 2012

TheFlymanJim Fly Tying Video Update

A few new ones from Susquehanna Fishing Magazine contributor Jim Misiura:









Sunday, March 25, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service, Susquehanna River Report (3/24/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://www.koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 5.2 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.8 with 30,600CF of flow and 58 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was a Monday evening and we fished from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and we boated 15 Bass. The largest was 16.5” and we caught it on a Stickbait. We caught them all Stickbaits. We had 5.0 – 33,800CF – Clear – Falling and 56 degrees. It was warm with a BP of 30.00 and steady.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday evening and we fished from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and we boated 10 Bass and 1 Fallfish. The largest bass was 16” and the Fallfish was 9”. We caught them on soft plastics and stick baits. We had 4.8 – 31,600CF – Clear – Steady and 61 degrees. It was clear with a BP of 30.20 and steady.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Trip – This was on Thursday and was an AM half day trip. We boated 15 Bass, 1 Walleye and 1 Fallfish. The largest bass was 17”, the walleye was 14.75” and the fallfish was 14”. We caught them on soft plastics and Stickbaits. We had 4.8 – 31,600CF – Clear – Steady and 59 – 60 degrees. It was sunny with a BP of 30.10 and falling.

4. Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was a half day PM Trip on Thursday and we boated 19 Bass and 1 Fallfish. The largest Bass was 17.75” and was 3.8#. The fallfish was 8”. We caught them on soft plastics and Stickbaits. We had 4.8 – 31,600CF – Clear – Steady and 60 degrees. It was sunny with a BP of 30.10 and falling.

5. Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was on Friday and was a half day AM Trip and we boated 6 Bass. The largest was 15.5” and was caught on a tube. We had 4.8 – 29,600CF – Clear – Steady and 60 degrees. It was foggy, extremely windy and we had a BP of 29.90 and Steady.

6. Trip #6 – No Trip

7. We got rained out on Saturday. We had a friend catch some Flatheads this week. We will keep you posted. The warm weather has the fish ahead of their normal schedules.



Tim with a 17.5” and 3.8# Smallmouth he caught on a YUM Dinger.

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com



HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Susquehanna Fishing Magazine Now Online!

In case you have not already seen the new issue yet, the March 2012 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine is now online and available for free download from SusquehannaFishing.com.

http://susquehannafishing.com/



This month's edition is slammed full of great articles and information!

This Month with a Susquehanna River Guide, by L. Dunham
The Sit-On-Top Kayak, by J. Oast
Bass University, by T. McDuffie
Jim Misiura Profile, by R. Wolbert
The Musky Hunter TV Show, from WFN
Lyme Disease, by D. Pelachik
Fishing Trout Streams - Little Black Stone, by J. Misiura
Fishing Wacky Worms, by A. Winco
A Look Back at the Greater Philadelphia Oudoor Sportshow, by B. Wilhelm

AND MORE!!!

Koinonia Guide Service, Susquehanna River Report (3/3/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://www.koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 4.5 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 5.9 with 59,100CF of flow and 40 degrees. The river is projected to crest at 6.7.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Trip – This was on Monday and was a half day AM Guide Trip. We boated 13 Bass and the largest Smallmouth was 18” and we caught it on a Craw Papi. We caught them all on soft plastics and we caught one on a Stickbait. We had 4.5 – 25,700CF – Clear – Steady and 38 degrees. It was breezy with a BP of 30.20 and steady.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Trip – This was on Tuesday and was a full day trip and we boated 31 Bass. The largest was 18.5”. We caught all but one on soft plastics and the other one was caught on a stickbait. We had 4.8 – 29,800CF – Clear – Steady and 38 degrees. It was breezy and with a BP of 30.35 and falling.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Trip – This was on Tuesday and was a half day AM Trip. We boated 14 Bass and our largest was 19.5”. It weighed 4.2# and was caught on a Craw Papi. We caught all but one on soft plastics and we caught one on a stickbait. We had 4.8 – 29,800CF – Clear – Steady and 38 degrees. It was breezy with a BP of 30.35 and falling.

4. Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was on Thursday and was a half day AM Trip. We boated 5 Bass and 3 Walleye. The largest Bass was 15” and the largest Walleye was 18”. We caught them all on soft plastics with the exception of one that was caught on a stickbait. We had 4.9 – 32,100CF – Stained – Rising and 39 degrees. It was breezy and we had a BP of 29.40 and rising.

5. Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was on Friday and was a full day trip. We boated 20 Bass and the largest was 19.125” and weighed 4.3#. The large fish was caught on a YUM Dinger and all the fish were caught on soft plastics. We caught them all on soft plastics. We had 5.2 – 38,500CF – Clear – Rising and 39.5 to 40.5 degrees. It was extremely windy and we had a BP of 29.80 and Rising.

6. We will be at Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic today. There will be some great sales going on so please stop by and visit with us.

7. We currently have a good smallmouth bite going so if you can book on short notice, I suggest you book a trip.


Ron with the big bass of the week and it was 19.5” and 4.2#. He caught this fish on a Craw Papi.

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Monday, February 27, 2012

Susquehanna Flats Kayak Fishing Jamboree (April 12-14)

Check out the event online:
http://www.sfkfj.com/



Click the graphic for specifics.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service, Susquehanna Fishing Report (2/25/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 4.5 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.4 with 22,800CF of flow and 41 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and we boated 1 Largemouth, 2 Smallmouth and 1 Musky. The Musky was 28”, the Largemouth was 13” and the largest Smallmouth was 18”. We caught them all on soft plastics. We had 4.6 – 24,700CF – Clear – Falling and 37 degrees. It was breezy with a BP of 30.20 and steady.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday morning and we fished from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM and boated 24 Bass. The largest was 18.5” and we caught them on soft plastics and stick baits. We had 4.5 – 24,700CF – Clear – Steady and 38 – 41 degrees. It was breezy and mild with a BP of 29.55 and falling.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday evening and we fished from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM and we boated 7 Smallmouth and the largest was 18”. We caught them all on soft plastics. We had 4.5 – 24,700CF – Clear – Steady and 40 degrees. It was breezy and mild with a BP of 29.55 and falling.

4. Trip #4 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Thursday and we fished from 10:45 AM to 3:30 PM and we boated 35+ Smallmouth and the largest was 18”. We caught them all on soft plastics. We had 4.5 – 24,100CF – Clear – Falling and 41-44 degrees. It was extremely windy and we had a BP of 29.15 and rising.

5. Trip #5 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Friday morning and we fished from 6:15AM to 9:15AM and we boated 22 Smallmouth. The largest was 17.75” and most of the fish were 15”-17”. We caught them all on soft plastics. We had 4.4 – 23,000CF – Clear – Steady and 42.8 degrees. It was rainy, extremely windy and we had a BP of 29.25 and falling.

6. We will be set up and conducting seminars at the Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic. The event starts this Friday, February 24th and my first seminar will be Friday at 7:00 PM. There will be a lot of great sales going on so please stop by and visit with us.

7. We currently have a good smallmouth bite going so if you can book on short notice, I suggest you book a trip.

This is a picture of a Quillback we caught on Thursday.

Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers' Tournament Registration Now Open


The 2nd Annual Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers' Tournament registration is now open.

Here are the details:

http://chesapeakebaykayakanglers.com/

September 7-9 Camp Wright Stevensville MD
Camp opens noon - Sept 7
(Waiver and release form signed at check in)

Entry Fee - $55.00 ($70.00 after Aug. 15)

Tenting included with registration fee.
(Provide your own tent, sleeping bag etc)
(Sorry no, campers, RV's, camp trailers etc)

All non-participant guests - $15.00
(includes tenting, does not include T-shirt)

Electric Generators okay

Sorry No Pets

Cabins available - $25/person/bunk/single
Entire cabin sleeps 8 - $200
(Provide your own sleeping bags, pillows etc, you may have to share cabin)

Captains meeting - 7:00 PM - Sept 7

Tournament start - first light - Sept 8

Check in fish 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Sept 8
(Must be in line at 3:30 PM to enter fish)

Rain date - Sept 9

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service, Susquehanna Fishing Report (2/18/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 4.9 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.5 with 25,200CF of flow and 38 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Saturday and we fished from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Lake Marburg. We boated 6 Sunfish and 4 Yellow Perch. The largest Sunfish was 10.5” and the largest Yellow Perch was 8”. We caught them all on a jig/worm combo. We had clear water at 38 degrees with a BP of 29.90 and steady. It was sunny and extremely windy.

2. Trip #2 – No Trip

3. Trip #3 – No Trip

4. Trip #4 – No Trip

5. Trip #5 – No Trip

6. The Lake Marburg Symposium was attended by over 150 people. Dave gave a seminar on catching white perch in the summer by back trolling. There were other seminars and reports given as well at this Symposium.

7. We will be the official guide for Lake Marburg this summer. This is a great trip for kids and anyone who wants to bring home fish to eat. We can also do family outings n a pontoon boat if you so desire. This lake is in Codorus State Park so you can camp there and fish with us or bring your own boat or you can even rent a boat.

8. We will be set up and conducting seminars at the Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic. The event starts this Friday, February 24th and my first seminar will be Friday at 7:00 PM. There will be a lot of great sales going on so please stop by and visit with us.

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

John Hansen Fishing Seminar, Bel Air, MD Dick's (2-25-12)

Stop by the Bel Air, MD Dick's Sporting Goods Saturday, February 25th between 11AM and 4PM, while John Hansen, III will be talking about finesse fishing, flipping baits, and anything anyone wants to talk about.



Saturday February 25, 2012 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
540 West MacPhail Road, Bel Air, MD 21014
(Two Classes Starting at 11am and 3pm)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report (2/11/12)

From Koinonia Guide Service:
http://www.koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 6.0 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.9 with 33,600CF of flow and 38 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Trip – This was on Tuesday and was a 4 hr. PM trip and we boated 4 Smallmouth. The largest was 20.25” and weighed 4.6#. We caught them all on jigs with soft plastics. We had 5.4 – 44,200CF – Falling – Clear and 41 degrees. It was clear and cool with a BP of 30.10 and falling.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Thursday and we fished from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM and boated 7 Smallmouth. The largest was 19.5” and we caught them all on jigs with soft plastics. We had 5.1 – 36,200CF – Falling – Clear and 37 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and steady with sunny and cold conditions.

3. Trip #3 – No Trip

4. Trip #4 – No Trip

5. Trip #5 – No Trip

6. We spent the week at the ESOS show doing as many as two seminars a day. On the day’s we did two, we did one on bass and one on catfish.

7. Dave will be conducting seminars on White Perch Fishing at the Friends of Codorus State Park Symposium today. Later in the day we hope to get on the lake and catch some panfish. We hope to see you there.

8. We will be set up and conducting seminars at the Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic. We will send you the schedule and times when we receive it.



This picture is Tanner holding a 20.25” Smallie he caught on Tuesday. The fish fell for the YUM Fork Tailed Dinger which unfortunately is no longer made. We are sure going to miss that bait. This is the second 20+ Inch fish to fall for this bait in the last two weeks.

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LUV THE TUG………REB

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hook Shots, Season 1 Ep. 3: Fishing For Susquehanna Smallmouth

Just found this Field and Stream Susquehanna video...



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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report, 2-4-12

From Kononia Guide Service:http://www.koinoniafishingguides.com/

Hi Gang,

The river was at 7.4 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 6.0 with 55,500CF of flow and 38 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday and we fished from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM and we boated 12 Sunfish and 1 Yellow Perch. The largest sunfish was 8.5” and the Yellow Perch was 6”. We caught them on jig/worm combos and jig/meal worm combos. This was on a lake and we had windy and sunny conditions with a BP of 30.0 and falling.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday and we fished from 2:15 PM to 5:15 PM and we boated 10 bass. The largest was 20.25” and we also had and 18” and a 19” Smallie. We caught them on soft plastics and we caught one on a hair jig. We had 6.8 – 72,800CF – Falling – Clear and 37 - 41 degrees. We had a BP of 29.80 and Steady with sunny skies and 10 mph winds.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Friday and we fished from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM and we boated 20 Sunfish and 10 Yellow Perch. The largest sunfish was 8” and the largest Perch was 8”. We caught them all on jig/bait combos. This was on a lake and we had sunny mild conditions with a BP of 30.35 and steady.

4. Trip #4 – No Trip

5. Trip #5 – No Trip

6. We start the Eastern Sport and Outdoors Show today and it runs thru February 12th. We will be in the Fishing Hall at Booth #456 and we would love to see you if you attend the show. I will be conducting seminars everyday but Sunday’s. In the past we have not taken deposits but due to the river being closed to bass fishing this year for 6 weeks, we have decided to take deposits due to the shorten season. You can secure a date with us with a $50 deposit and this will also get you a free Koinonia T-Shirt.

7. Dave will be conducting seminars on White Perch Fishing at the Friends of Codorus State Park on February 18th. We hope to see you there.



This picture is Ben holding a 20.25” Smallie we caught this past Wednesday. The fish fell for the YUM Fork Tailed Dinger which unfortunately is no longer made. We are sure going to miss that bait.

Please check out our Web Site at WWW.koinoniafishingguides.com

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine Now Online!

The February 2012 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine marks two years of publication!

Download the issue for free at SusquehannaFishing.com:
http://susquehannafishing.com/

February's Issue Includes:

It Could Happen to You, by J. Oast
Catch of the Month, by A. Stevens
Cold Water Wear for Kayak Fishing, by J. Shein
We Have Contact, by J. Veruete
Buying a Boat, by B. Milheim
Wenoka Knife Review, by R. Wolbert
Finding Fish in a Lake or Pond, by B. Wilhelm
Lens Cleaner, by B. Wilhelm
Trolling Motor Maintenance, by B. WIlhelm



Remember, the most recent issues are available for free download online. Back issues are available by email request.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blue Mountain Outfitters February Sportsman Show Sale!

Blue Mountain Outfitters in Marysville, PA will have all their boats on sale during the duration of the Eastern Outdoor Show (February 4-12), with 10% off accessories with boat purchases as well. Any boats not in stock can be ordered and still get the discount. Swing by and tell them Susquehanna Fishing Magazine sent you!

http://www.bluemountainoutfitters.net/

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Butler Fishing Show (February 11-12, 2012)

If you are in the area, check out the Butler Fishing Show on February 11th and 12th:
http://butlerfishingshow.com/

Below is the show flier (Click for larger view)

Monday, January 30, 2012

It Could Happen to You!

By John “Toast” Oast

Over the years I have tried to spread the word about paddling safety and water safety in general. With the loss of a paddler this week on the Susquehanna River, during the coldest time of year, I thought it was time to talk about the subject once again. I have personally had some very close calls on the water, and have even lost my cousin in a paddling accident. I implore you to PLEASE heed the words of wisdom about safety when on the water… especially during winter! And please don’t think I am just aiming this discussion towards paddlers. Anyone around the water in the winter is at risk.

For instance, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is instituting new PFD regulations for the coldest months of the year, but a PFD really means little when you fall into frigid water. First, often we fish in rocky waterways. We also are typically in a flowing water environment. And unconsciousness occurs quickly after immersion into cold water (Not to mention a common gasp reflex, which can often cause ingestion of water).

So, what do these factors mean? Well, if one falls into a rocky, shallow bottom waterway like the Susquehanna River, the opportunity for unconsciousness from a head injury is greatly increased. Obviously, unconsciousness is life threatening, especially if you are in water. Then there is the issue of flowing water. If one falls out of a vessel in moving water, before one can react the vessel will be out of reach. And cold water causes serious reactions upon immersion. Shortly after immersion a person will become unconscious. And as mentioned, the immediate shock of entering the water often creates a gasping reaction.



What can you do? Well, the best thing is to avoid the water during the winter. But, as we know, the lure of the water is great and it’s tough to get through the winter without at least looking for fish a couple times. If you are getting on the water, especially in a kayak or canoe, dry gear is not just recommended, IT’S NECESSARY! Invest in a dry suit or a combination of dry pants and dry top. Yes, it may be a little pricey, but you will be around to pay for it.

Remember the buddy system! Never go on the water alone in the winter. And, it’s a great idea to tell someone on shore where you are going, and when you plan to return. A good two-way radio is also a great accessory, in addition to a cell phone in a dry bag. Another important thing to remember is that water temperatures rise much slower than surrounding air temps. On those unseasonably warm winter days, the water will still be extremely cold.

So please, ALWAYS wear your PFD, and ALWAYS wear some form of dry gear. Oddly, I was talking to my friend, Rick Wolbert, earlier. I thought to myself, I regularly have people ask me where they can get a good deal on a boat, kayak, or new rod and reel, but rarely has anyone ever asked where to get a good deal on winter safety gear. I guess people just don’t think it can happen to them…

Well, it can!

John “Toast” Oast is an American Red Cross instructor, is the publisher of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine and a member of the Ocean Kayak Fishing Team. His kayak rigging videos have received close to a million views, and been linked to websites around the world. For more information, visit http://fishyaker.com/ and his Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/fishyaker.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Monaghan Fishing Show this Weekend!

Just a reminder that the Monaghan Fishing Show is this weekend, and Susquehanna Fishing Magazine will have a booth. SFM contributors Juan Veruete and John "Toast" Oast will also be giving a seminar on kayak fishing on Sunday. Stop by and check out the show!

http://www.monaghanfishingshow.com/

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fly Tying Videos for Snowy Days

If you are looking for something to do on a snowy winter day, check out Jim Misiura's videos on Youtube. Jim, who goes by FlymanJim, is a new contributor for Susquehanna Fishing Magazine, and will be showing his tying skills at the SFM booth at the Greater Philadelphia Sportshow in February.

http://www.youtube.com/TheFlymanJim

Here are just a few of his videos:





Monday, January 9, 2012

19th Annual Monaghan Fishing Show & Flea Market (Jan. 28-29)

If you are in the area on January 28th and 29th, swing by the 19th Annual Fishing Show & Flea Market at the Monaghan Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. Check out the flier for specifics.

Also, Susquehanna Fishing Magazine contributors John "Toast" Oast and Juan Veruete will be conducting a seminar, An Introduction to Kayak Fishing.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Evolution of Winter Wear for Kayak Fishing (SFM, Nov. 2011)

From the November 2011 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine:
http://susquehannafishing.com/

By Jeff Little

I wore blue jeans and construction boots the first time I went kayak fishing in cold weather. Three hours into the 9 mile float trip, my legs were soaked and cold from the paddle shaft drippings alone. The boots got tossed a few weeks after the trip, because they got wet and started to give me foot funk. 12 years later, I’m wearing the best money can buy for kayak anglers. The evolution shows a gradual increase in what I will invest in for on the water comfort and safety.



The first upgrade from blue jeans was a move to a cheap pair of 3.5 mm neoprene waders with accompanying felt sole boots. I wore multiple pairs of wool socks, sweatpants and long johns underneath. I looked like a cross between Godzilla and the Michelin man. Despite all the bulky extra layers of insulation, I was still cold. This set up was acceptable through November, but in December, January and February I just toughed through it. I can’t say I fished to my potential in those early years of learning how to catch winter river smallmouth. Comfort does translate to angling success.

So I moved on to a thicker 5 mm neoprene wader with attached boot foot. I was actually warmer wearing fewer layers. One huge upgrade was the socks. I found SmartWool. One pair of these with a hand warmer tossed down in the bottom of a spacious boot kept my feet from going numb. When I was cramming three pair of socks on before, it constricted blood flow, leaving my toes first cold, then near frost bitten.

Somewhere in there, I experimented with paddler dry pants with gaskets at the ankle that never seemed to keep the water out. I even shaved my ankles to see if it was my hair letting the water seep in. I also used a pair of breathable waders instead of neoprene. They were OK for October and November, but just didn’t afford the insulation of neoprene.

The biggest leap forward came with the descriptive words “relief zipper”. I will never go back to not having this amazing feature. The Kokotat Whirlpool Bib with relief zipper that I wear now allows me to put down the rod, unzip, grab the other one, take care of business, zip up and get right back to fishing in less time than it takes to retie.

I can remember driving home from trips when I wore waders realizing that I had become dehydrated. I think that I developed an aversion to hydrating myself. Subliminally, I knew that it would lead to the 15 minute process of paddling to shore, taking off the life vest, removing my spray top, then pulling a bulky pair of waders down, then reversing the process. Things are better now.

Under the bibs, I wear a moisture wicking top and bottom, also made by Kototat called Outer Core. The thin layer wicks away perspiration that can later leave your skin cold. Top it off with a hooded spray top and PFD, and I’m warm and ready for a 33 degree rain and smallmouth hitting hair jigs!

Editor’s Note:
Another great option is to wear a combination of dry pants with integrated dry socks, like the Kokatat Tempest Pants, matched with a dry top.