1. 2021 Recap - 2021 may have been my best bass fishing season. I had an incredible spring, a decent summer with the exception of the first weeks of August, and a very ...more good fall. I finished seventh overall in the Kayak Anglers of Western Pennsylvania’s Angler the Year standings (see my earlier post). On my best numbers day, I got 28 largemouth bass at Cross Creek. But, my best trip had to be two days in May at Presque Isle Bay. I caught over 20 smallmouth on those two days, the best five were all between 18 1/2 and 21 1/2 inches for a total of 97 inches for five fish and 23 lbs 9 oz. Two were over 5 1/2 lbs. On back to back days, I beat my personal best smallie. I even caught a 36 inch steelhead. In May alone, I caught 8 smallmouth over four pounds and 2 over five pounds. While I was usually targeting large our smallmouth bass, I also managed to catch a few hybrid stripers at Lake Arthur, the biggest being 24 inches and 7 lbs. The best part of 2021 was getting to try new bodies of water. Because of the tournaments, I was able to fish several new places, including Pymatuning, Wilhelm, Conneaut, Woodcock, Shenango, the Middle and Lower Allegheny River, the Kisky, and the Susquehanna River. And of course, I put in many days at Cross Creek and Lake Arthur, my more regular haunts. Now that my fishing season is over, spring can not get here fast enough!

    5 lb. 9 oz. 21 in. Smallmouth Bass

    1. John M 0
      Some things COVID just can't take away from us anglers. Heck of a season Frank!
    2. Drew H 0
      Sounds like an absolutely awesome year, way to go Frank!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Well done Frank, you amaze on how consistent you are week in and week out.
    4. Rick S 0
      Congrats to an outstanding season Frank! Hope 2022 treats you just as well
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  2. My spouse and I had a good afternoon at Lake Arthur. We fished about 3 1/2 hours and caught 13 good-sized bass between the two of us. These two—4 lbs 3 oz (20 inches) ...more and 3 lbs 8 oz (19 inches)—were my two best of nine. Water temp. was 53-54 degrees.

    4 lb. 3 oz. 20 in. Largemouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      Drew, nope, I just watched your video. We were on the same end of the lake but not the same spot.
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Thanks, guys. Drew, based on your post, it looks like the same area of the lake. I was there later in the day.
    3. Drew H 0
      Nice job Frank! I was out there the other day and only managed to get 2 to bite, guess I was on the wrong end of the lake!
    4. John M 0
      Those are some serious late season LM's 👍👍
    5. Rick S 0
      Awesome catches Frank!
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  3. Cold day, but the bass were biting. These were the two largest fish of nine. They were both between 17 3/4 and 18 inches. Water temp ranged from 54-57 degrees. It ...more was a real pleasure to run into Mark and Rick.

    3 lb. 2 oz. 18 in. Largemouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      Every dog has its day, Rick. You are the Jedi master of Lake Arthur.
    2. Rick S 0
      You put on a clinic, schooled me for sure!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      You are a man on a mission. You make it look so easy.
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  4. Went for an early evening session on Lake Arthur. I was able to catch some of that fall feed off action in the warm evening sun. I caught 9 bass between 16-18 inches, ...more all between 2-3 lbs. Most were caught in a one hour feeding flurry. The biggest was 18 inches and 3 lbs.

    3 lb. 18 in. Largemouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Randy Leventry 0
      Nice outing!
    2. Walt Hilliard 0
      How much for guiding!!! 😁
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Very nice 👍
    4. Frank Yamada 0
      It did, and that light wind helped as well.
    5. Rick S 0
      Nice work Frank....I'm sure the water warmed up some this afternoon!
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  5. The tournament season is over. I fished all five of the tournaments for the Kayak Anglers of Western Pennsylvania (KAWPA). I also fished one tournament for the Keystone ...more Bass Kayak Series. In the KAWPA Angler of the Year standings, I finished 7th out of around 150 total anglers. I ended the season with the Kayak Anglers - Angler of the Year Team Championship at the Susquehanna River. Overall, I had three top-10 finishes, including a 3rd place finish and two 1st place finishes. Not a bad rookie season! I had a lot of fun learning new bodies of water and meeting a ton of great anglers. DM me if you are interested in entering some of our kayak tournaments in 2022. I can’t wait for next season.

    5 lb. 8 oz. 20 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Ned rig

    1. Randy Leventry 0
      Very good year for you. Great tournament finishes!
    2. Matt L 0
      congratulations! I dream of catching 2-3 lbers regularly! you’ve obviously put in a lot of time and effort. way to go.
    3. b ripoer 0
      Congrats on a great year.
    4. Rick S 0
      Congratulations Frank! Outstanding year.
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  6. Our team had a tough day, finishing 4th out of 5 teams at the Kayak Anglers - Angler of the Year team championship. The weather was rough. I experienced the most ...more severe torrential rain and wind that I have fished in (and I fish a lot in Erie in the spring). I had a very good day, catching several scoreable fish. My best two were 18 1/2 and 17 1/2 inches (our team total was the two best fish of the five anglers on our team). My 36-inch total was good enough for 3rd among individual competitors. The smallie above was the largest of 17 bass. Susky smallmouths are built differently. They fight like fish twice their size. That is a wrap on my first year fishing tournaments.

    3 lb. 4 oz. 18 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Drew H 0
      Nice job dude!
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Congratulations on a memorably good first season, Frank.
    3. Rick S 0
      Great year Congrats!!
    4. Matt L 0
      congratulations on a great year!
    5. Mark Merlin 0
      A huge congratulations on a terrific tournament year Frank.
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  7. Good day of practice for a tournament on the mighty Susquehanna River. I did flip my kayak on an unexpected rock in 3 ft of water. I was able to get the kayak right-side-up ...more quickly and was back fishing shortly after. Biggest of 15.

    2 lb. 10 oz. 17 in. Smallmouth Bass with a tubz

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      They say there are rocks the size of VWs in the Susky. I believe it!
    2. Drew H 0
      Geez, be careful out there man! Nice fish!
    3. Jim Holland 0
      Sorry to hear of the flip, but glad you are okay, and had a good bag of fish.
    4. Rick S 0
      Nice work Frank!!
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      Mark, my head was on a swivel, but the water was the color of chocolate milk, and there was no surface ripples. You can’t react to what you can’t see.
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Very nice Frank, keep your head on a swivel bud.
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  8. Nice to float the Middle Allegheny with Mark today. Biggest of eight, excluding a six inch dink of the dinks that came off at the boat.

    3 lb. 2 oz. 18 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Ned rig

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Glad to see you guys had a good day. Sorry I couldn't be there.
    2. Rick S 0
      That's a beaut!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      That was a hog, wtg Frank
    4. John M 0
      Way to go guys! Me and my son wherecin the Allegheny today too 👍
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  9. It was a numbers day at Cross Creek. This was the largest of 15 bass. My spouse also caught 15.

    2 lb. 11 oz. 17 in. Largemouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Nice job, Frank
    2. Drew H 0
      That's a good day! The bite was practically shut down at Arthur today.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Really nice Frank, wtg.
    4. John M 0
      Really nice haul Frank.
    5. Rick S 0
      Wow! awesome day Frank
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  10. My last Kayak Anglers of Western PA tournament is coming up. We can choose one of three lakes: Shenango; Conneaut; or Woodcock. Today, I fished Woodcock for the ...more first time. I had heard that there are some big smallmouth here. I found one of them. This bass was so strong and a chunk, one of the best fights I have had in a while.

    3 lb. 8 oz. 17 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Nice one, Frank!
    2. Rick S 0
      Wow what a smallmouth!
    3. Drew H 0
      Nice!!
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Frank, what a year you've had my friend. I hoping beyond hope that you will win it all.
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