1. Caught 2 small LM as well, beautiful morning.

    24.0 in. Northern Pike with a Lipless Crankbait

    1. Drew H 0
      Nice!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      ty guys, only 2 I think this year Jim.
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Pike seem to like you at Arthur, Mark. Good job.
    4. Nice, pike!
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty John, it was a good fight, he thrashed like crazy when I got him in, I put him back in the water in my net a few times to try to calm him down
    6. John M 0
      Nice Mark! I bet it was a nice fight?
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Thanks guys
    8. Rick S 0
      Nice one!
    9. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!
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  2. Biggest of 4 this morning.

    18.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Nice! That's a nice kayak tourney bass. long.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice! 18 inches, that’s a good sized bass
    3. Bruce Parker 0
      Only 18 in. LOL Nice.
    4. 👍
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      ty, ty
    6. Rick S 0
      Nice!
    7. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
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  3. Tried night fishing for a change, looking for Stripers. Alwife activity was basically non existent but I did manage this beauty. Thanks to my coworker for the picture. ...more I also managed 2 largemouth, biggest was 17 inches.

    8 lb. 11 oz. Hybrid Striped Bass with a Crankbait

    1. John M 0
      That's a big'em Mark.
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Nice job!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      ty Randy, I do as well
    4. Good job. Hope you have many more successful trips
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Gents
    6. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice striper, Mark!
    7. Mike Maze 0
      Great job Mark!
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      ty Chad
    9. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!
    10. Rick S 0
      Mission accomplished!
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  4. Largest of 8 today. Had fun.

    18.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Nice, Mark!
    2. Nice day out there you ya!
    3. Nice outing! tough conditions
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      ty Chad
    5. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      I hit Trout Cove for a change
    7. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice one and a good day too. I should have joined you, but I decided to try over by Duck’s Cove and Big Run today.
    8. Rick S 0
      A good day On the water!
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  5. Had a blast today, 3 LM(2 17 inchers), 2 Hybrid Stripers(both 6lbs plus), 1 Carp(13 lbs). Caught my first two Bass on topwater poppers, all the rest on Crankbait, ...more including the Carp.

    6 lb. 4 oz. Hybrid Striped Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Bruce Parker 0
      Great day for sure!
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Yeah, a great day with the stripers, largemouth, and that bonus carp. Those carp will strip your drag!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Chad and Frank
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      I thought I had another Striper, they fight the same. This guy took me for a nice ride. When I finally got it to the surface I was sad.
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      A carp on a crank bait? What an awesome day, Mark!
    6. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Jeff, Randy and Rick
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      catfish, it's the Vibe Seaghost 110
    9. Rick S 0
      Nice stripers Mark..glad you hooked up with them! Good work on the bass also..
    10. Great day!
    11. 👊👊Mind telling me what kayak you’re using
    12. Jeff B 0
      GREAT day man!
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  6. 2 of 5. Today was my first visit at Cross Creek. Bass were small, around 14 inches.

    Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait/Spinnerbait

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      Good day! The last time I was at Cross Creek, it was also dink city. Waiting for some of the lunkers to wake up from this long winter and cold spring.
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Chad
    3. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!🎣
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Not near as nice as yours bud
    5. Rick S 0
      Nice work Mark!
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  7. I had to share this. I caught 6 yesterday, all dinks. 12 inches was my biggest. This dink of dinks had me laughing so hard I had to share it. I had switched over ...more to a rooster tail to catch some trout and this little guy came along for the ride. Frank gets the award for the biggest Bass yesterday and I get the biggest laugher. Oh well, was a fun 4 hours.

    Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. John M 0
      But hey, "dinks" eventually become "donkeys". Stay with it!!!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Frank, read the story lol.
    3. Frank Yamada 0
      And on a spinnerbait!
    4. Drew H 0
      Future 10lber!
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  8. Was really 14.5 but was a fatty. Caught 4 total.

    15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      You'll do fine bud, let me know how it goes.
    2. Jim Holland 0
      I am. Saturday's the big tourney. Excited, but nervous. Last time I fished it, I sucked.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Hi Jim, it's fine, standing more in it, paddles great, love the storage. Are you heading to Presque Isle?
    4. Jim Holland 0
      Nice. How's the new kayak?
    5. John M 0
      Decent haul for a decent day. Nice.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Nice Drew
    7. Drew H 0
      Chunky! I got 3 and a pike.
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Rick
    9. Rick S 0
      Good one Mark!
    10. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty all, no same depth.
    11. nice fish!!!were they deeper today?
    12. BILL MACKAY 0
      way to go Mark!
    13. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, Mark!
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  9. 2 for the day, a 15 and a 14.

    15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Drew, I caught this one early, right after we talked I caught the 14 inch.
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty, John, I fish Spinnerbaits mostly, but yesterday felt like a Crankbait day.
    3. John M 0
      A decent outing ...considering the conditions. I'm a crankbait kind of guy too 👍
    4. Drew H 0
      I think I heard you get that one after we talked! Nice!
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, Mark. I thought today was going to be tough.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      It was a Crankbait, a lipless white one. I caught nothing on the buzzbait.
    7. Bruce Parker 0
      Nice one
    8. Rick S 0
      Nice Mark!! he says crankbait but I see a buzzbait lying there, never trust a fisherman lol
    9. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice job Mark!!
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  10. Caught 6 total, a 10 inch Perch, a 24 inch Pike, and 4 LM, biggest was 17 inch. Had the pleasure of seeing and fishing with Frank for a bit, he is a pleasure to ...more talk to.

    17.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Drew H 0
      Thats a big perch! So pretty. Good job out there!
    2. Rick S 0
      Nice work Mark! Got that pike!!
    3. Bruce Parker 0
      Save some for the rest of us! LOL
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      You had quite the day.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      You did Frank.
    7. Frank Yamada 0
      Great seeing you, Mark. Hopefully, I brought some good luck.
    8. Jeff B 0
      GREAT day for you! Nice mix!
    9. Mark Merlin 0
      ty, I don't believe so
    10. Nice fish today, are they spawning yet?
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About

I took up fishing again in 2016, and can't think of a better way to spend a morning.


Fishing Favorites

  • Species Bass
  • Waterway Lake Arthur, Glade Run Lake
  • Lure Poppers, Jigs, Spinnerbaits

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