1. Merry Christmas all, hope you all have a very blessed day.

    1. Back at you Mark! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»
    2. Chad Jaco 0
      Merry Christmas!!
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  2. Caught 3 Trout, my first ever on my Flyfishing rod. My son caught 4. Neshannock Creek is really nice.

    14.0 in. Rainbow Trout

    1. Leo Freismuth 0
      Not bad! But do you think a 900 lb gorilla could whoop a 1200 lb bengal tiger with one hand tied behind his back? Leo
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, Mark!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Jeff, I'm new at it, but loving it. I can see it cutting into some Bass fishing.
    4. Jeff B 0
      Look at you gettin' out there with the fly rod! Very nice man!
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      Thank Chad, I finally caught something on my fly rod.
    6. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!
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  3. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Be safe, enjoy your day.

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Thanks guys
    2. Chad Jaco 0
      Happy Thanksgiving!!
    3. Robert Coleman 0
      Back at ya Mark! πŸ‘Š
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  4. I couldn't resist, went one last time, got one, water was 42 when I launched. I already miss going.

    13.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      It was a tough day. Any fish on such a day is a plus in my book.
    2. Rick S 0
      No skunk! any bass this late in the year is a good one,
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  5. At years end I like to go back and review my catches. Above are 4 of my best, including an almost 9 lb Striper. Many thanks to all who I had the pleasure to fish ...more with and to those who support me on this app. Have a great winter all, be safe.

    Hybrid Striped Bass

    1. John M 0
      Looks like a very successful season for you Mark. Nice job. Until next year .....
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Casey, I have Degenerative Disk Disease in my low back, sitting in a kayak in the cold doesn't work for me.
    3. Chad Jaco 0
      Great year Mark!! Trout fishing is excellent in the fall and winter!
    4. Casey Clark 0
      WHATTTT! Tie on a Blade bait and a Jig and you jus may replace all four of those in a cpl weeks time! love me some big fat coldwater bass
    5. Mike A. 0
      You guys sound like bears going into hibernation! C’mon one more trip….LOL
    6. Rick S 0
      Another great year in the books! Now we just need to get through winter and start over.
    7. Jim Leise 0
      think i'm done for the year too.....here's to more fishing in 2022!
    8. Frank Yamada 0
      Congrats on a great year, Mark! Need to end it with a large steelhead.
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  6. The biggest of 5 today. This may be my last time out this year. I had a blast, it went way way to fast.

    16.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Frank, it's always great to fish with you as well.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice catch, Mark. It was fun fishing with you, buddy.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Thanks Rick, I think. Ty Chad
    4. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
    5. Rick S 0
      WTG Mark! It was a good year for you
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Thank you Randy for all of your encouragement.
    7. Randy Leventry 0
      Thank you for all the good reports! I hope next year is even better!
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  7. One and done today, really windy.

    16.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty guys
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Nice one, Mark
    3. Rick S 0
      Rough weekend weather wise, caught a nice one wtg!
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Frank and Chad
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice fish on a post-cold front morning.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty, a disappointing day after a good start.
    7. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      ty Bill, I caught it on my 3rd cast. thought I'd have a big day, NOT!!
    9. BILL MACKAY 0
      good job mark. it was blustery out there this morning. I only managed to land one as well
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  8. The biggest of 6 today. Ty Frank for a great day.

    16.0 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Jim
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Nice, Mark. Hope you enjoyed it. Sorry I couldn't be there.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Any Smallies John?
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty again Frank, had a blast.
    5. John M 0
      Glad you finally got out there Mark! Me and my son where on the Allegheny today. I had another Muskie just about "in the net", but NOPE broke free ...sigh ...more (lol).
    6. Frank Yamada 0
      It was a great time. Nice smallie, bud.
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      ty Rick
    8. Rick S 0
      That's a nice one Mark..wtg
    9. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Chad
    10. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice smallie Mark!!
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  9. Caught 4 in the rain, missed 2 more. At least I got out.

    17.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Chatterbait

    1. John M 0
      Now that's dedication Mark. Nice!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Bruce
    3. Bruce Parker 0
      very nice catch for sure
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Randy and Frank
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Good day with some good sized bass!
    6. Randy Leventry 0
      Good catch! Tough conditions are never a match for Mark.
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Rick
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      Would love that John
    9. Rick S 0
      Nice work !
    10. John M 0
      Mark, maybe we can do a duo run some morning/afternoon soon? Message me on here (email) and we'll go from there. I literally just started fishing the Allegheny ...more this summer on a whim ...lol ...but am appreciating the "action" so far.
    11. Mark Merlin 0
      John, I'd love to know where I can fish the river by myself.
    12. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Chad
    13. John M 0
      In the rain ...I like the dedication Mark. At least it paid off some : )
    14. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
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  10. Biggest of 6 today, super windy.

    Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty John
    2. John M 0
      Way to go Mark ...half a dozen ain't "half bad" πŸ‘πŸ‘
    3. Jeff B 0
      Very nice! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Frank
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice day, Mark. Way to go with your gut and head left. There used to be bigger fish more regularly at Cross Creek. Over the past two years, the big’ uns are harder ...more to find. My first year fishing Cross Creek, I caught several fish between 3 1/2 and 6 lbs.
    6. Matt L 0
      nice fish and great day to be on the water!
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      Oh, I just read my post, you're guaranteed at least 5 unless your name is Frank who is guaranteed 10-20 :)
    8. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty both. Fishing at Cross Creek almost guarantees you at least 5 Bass every time, but, the chances of catching a 4-6 pounder is the same as catching a big muskie ...more anywhere else. All 6 today were under 15 inches.
    9. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one Mark!!
    10. Rick S 0
      Nice work today Mark!
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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