1. The first of 4 fish today....nothing big.

    Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

  2. Forgot tape measure today.

    Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

  3. What a great fight, no Largemouth fights like this did.

    26.0 in. Common Carp with a Swim Jig

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Frank...yes...my drag was going off big time. He just wouldnt come to the surface. I was using a medium, 6'6" Rod. Loved every second of it.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      It surprise the heck out of me when a carp gets aggressive like that. Did it strip your drag?
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      John we had a pond near our home where I grew up, filled with Carp. I loved catching them. Packed 2 Rods, Doughball and Corn and had a blast.
    4. John Horner 0
      That's awesome Mark. When we were kids we would make a big cherry or strawberry doughball and head down to the Monongahela River to fish just for carpet and ...more catfish. So many great fights, with so many big fish! Great memories.
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      I know, I casted under a tree and it was instant. This thing took me for a ride.
    6. Rick S 0
      Carp on a Swim Jig !! Good one!
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  4. So I came out again today to shore fish. I wasnt here long before 3 ladies came by on paddleboards. One turned right into the area I'm fishing and fell off ...more into one of my lines. Now..some guy has to be right next to me. I cant wait to be able to lift my Kayak.

    1. Rick S 0
      on shore or out in the boat, these people just seem to appear.. ..
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      All good guys.
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Unbelieveable. So sorry to hear this, Mark.
    4. b ripoer 0
      man that just sucks, sorry to hear.
    5. Couple warning shots over their head will keep them at bay! 不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不
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  5. As I recover from surgery I am doing a little fishing from the shore.

    15.0 in. Channel Catfish with a Bread

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Thank you Jeff
    2. Jeff B 0
      Nice to fish from shore once in a while. A little less gear to haul around...lol. Wishing you a speedy recovery my friend!
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  6. Not me but my oldest caught these two today at Lake Oneida in New York. The smallie really gave him a good fight.

    Smallmouth Bass

  7. 16.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Swim Jig

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Yes Frank...I launched at Porters Cove. Was a beautiful day...I missed a few as well. Nice fish btw
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Were you out on Arthur today? Nice catch, I caught one about the same size today
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Rick
    4. Rick S 0
      Nice one Mark!
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  8. 13 in. Largemouth Bass with a Texas Rig

  9. 14 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

  10. 13 in. Largemouth Bass with a Spinner Bait


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