For many years I used a pretty basic gray scale depth finder, which worked pretty well, or so I thought. In October I was surprised when my son Max, who is also my tournament fishing partner, presented me with one of the best birthday presents I have received in my 58 years. It is even better than the Crossman BB gun I received when I was 12. A new Humminbird depth finder with sidescan and all of the bells a whistles. Since that time, we have been learning to control all of those bells and whistles in order to make the most of the technology.
Every day on the water, I am amazed at what I had been missing by not having the best tools in my boat. Areas that we have fished for some time are now revealing themselves in ways I didn't previously understand. New areas are being presented to us with remarkable detail. Hopefully all of the new information will act to inform, not overwhelm us.
Submitted by Bstandiford on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:45
I have been watching a pair of Bald Eagles nesting near lake Codorus for several weeks now on HDontap.com and what I have seen is nothing short of amazing! The way these majestic birds protect their eggs does remind me how our service men and women protect us! I have witnessed the eagle on the nest with wings outstretched completely covered in snow to keep the nest cavity dry. I have also watched how they walk ( talons closed) around the eggs to keep from accidentally breaking them. The first eaglet has hatched today and the Mate has brought several fish already.Now I know why the Bald Eagle was chosen as our national symbol and it does make me proud to be an American!! So "Thank You"to all of the service men and women who make it possible to enjoy " Freedom"
For some time, I struggled with finding the best knot for tying a Fluorocarbon leader to braid main line. Some knots worked fairly well, but the braid would occasionally cut the leader, or the knot would simply slip. Using a swivel was not a good solution for me, because I use long leaders and want the connection from main line to leader to be able to cast through the rod guides. Three years ago, I started using a knot that I consider to be perfect for connecting braid to fluorocarbon. The modified Albright knot. This knot, when tied correctly, is very compact, moves through the guides smoothly, and is incredibly reliable. It is worth learning to tie this one. The following video link provides a good look at how to tie this knot, or download the knot wars Ap for your phone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dvdKOq_sZc
Knot wars Uni to Uni knot vs Modified Albright. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_2xautA1U
Submitted by Bstandiford on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 14:19
.Ian and I drove up to their "Bass Fest" and it was well worth the trip!! In addition to all the top brand tackle they have, they also had seminars from some of the top pro's. Thanks to Joe Sancho who talked about the mental aspect of fishing and fish positioning for the tidal fisherman. Also thanks to David Fritts who convinced me to make crank baits more of a staple in my tournament plan! The most impressive thing was these guys enjoy teaching us to be better fisherman! Also due to the smaller seminar area,it was more like a classroom as opposed to a auditorium setting. Another thing I learned is how much these guys are just like us and that was also refreshing to see!! I also have to thank their knowledgeable staff for helping with questions I had. And thanks to Bill McDermott for taking extra time to help me with my purchases!! This is definitely a trip I'll make next year!!!
Submitted by Bstandiford on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:43
Now that the holidays are behind us and the Ravens season is over, it's time to focus on the 2015 fishing season!!! This is when the cabin fever can creep in. My first step to help deal with this was to bring all tackle + rods&reels inside where it is warm so I can inventory and organize as well as check condition of such items. Now when I make the rounds at the tackle stores I'll know exactly what I need or don't need! What are some of things that you are are doing to help deal with this tough time of year! Fishing? Working on boat? (Honey-do list---Naaah ) Spring is right around the corner, isn't it?
Submitted by Bstandiford on Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:43
On my last trip to Liberty and temps around 20 degrees I put my cellphone on the deck of my boat as I usually do,so it is always close at hand. On this day we decided to make the run to the canyon area which for my boat takes a little over an hour at 3/4 speed. When we reached our destination I got a text from my wife, and when I went to reply my phone shut down due to low battery. I always make sure my phone is fully charged before I go fishing. So it had to be the below freezing temps that took their toll on my phone! After that I put the phone back in my coat pocket with my handwarmers next to it. About an hour later I checked my phone and guess what? It was fully charged !!! So the lesson I learned is keep your phone out of the cold temperatures. Also if this should happen to you, don't panic, as long as your phone had a decent charge it should be ok. I hope this helps! See you on the water.
If you have ever had trouble cleaning the grime from your hull, I have found something that makes the job incredibly easy, (thanks to my wife). The MR Clean Magic eraser. Designed for kitchen cleanup, I have used this little miracle for everything from taking door ding scuffs off of my car, to cleaning carpet cement from old hatch hinges, to cleaning scum off of my boat hull. With little or no detergent, I have cleaned my dirty hull in as little as 15 minutes, removing ALL stains, grime, and scum.
Submitted by David.Kirk on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:06
If you started fishing the reservoirs in the last 12 years....you probably havent seen this: Imagine a lake with NO GRASS to fish... imagine water level flucuations between June and Oct every year from 7 to 25 feet or more... Imagine your favorite spot that was in 25 foot of water is now in 5 foot or less.. or the one that was is 15ft is now on land!!!.. imagine no grass to fish or none deeper then 5ft..,, imagine no thermocline because the lake level dropped so fast a thermocline doesnt exist..and most fish are suspended... Imagine the water being 17 feet down in the springtime..or down 25 ft in the summer or fall.. imagine how small much smaller and more crowded the lake or some coves would seem..well all of this was a yearly event in the 80s and 90s on our reservoirs.. things may change in the future..while im not sure if it would be for the best of the fishery... there are reasons that some fisherman would welcome this scenario..be prepared for a change...
Submitted by Bstandiford on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:31
Even with the long winter finally over the bass seem to be right on schedule for the first week of May to get started for the spawn. Yesterday the water temps at liberty were 54-57 degrees. That is still to cold,but with a few warm days and not so cold nights it won't take long! Typically at Prettyboy and Liberty I start to see bedding fish around May 5th. I have always heard " when the dogwood trees are in bloom the bass will be on the beds." Just last week the dogwoods are beginning to show signs of blooming. So get ready it's about to bust loose! Good luck! PS read my blog " Bedding Fish " for ways to help the bass during this vulnerable time. Thanks.