1. I don't even know what to say except, "What the .....!!!". I was simply fishing for large mouths when this pre-historic thing hit!. Almost left me ...more with 9 fingers only ...lol.

    5 lb. Longnose Gar with a Crankbait

    1. John M 0
      A total SURPISE Rick S. They are tough to keep hooked. Can't believe I got him to the yak and actually in the net ...lol. It's my prize catch of '22.
    2. Rick S 0
      Nice! Gar and bowfin, haven't caught either...yet
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  2. Put the yak on Lake Arthur yesterday. It was an okay/variety day. Caught 5 species in total (not including some stick-fish and Redondo (inside joke with my son...lol)). ...more 14 fish were landed when it was all said and done. This was the best LM. Felt good to be back on PA waters, even if it was just for a brief time.

    2 lb. 14 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Crank bait

    1. Rick S 0
      Nice one John!
  3. I got the yak out here again in VA. Well worth it this particular day! When i showed up, there were "30" boats waiting to launch. Turns out there was ...more a bass tournament that morning. I'm thinking, forget this! Anyways, i decide to try my luck regardless. About 5 hours in, i find a spot where nobody else ventured out to. Bam! I land my PB. Oh, how ironic ...lol. Later that afternoon i land something completely CRAZY ...i'll just leave you all with that teaser for now (future pic coming!)

    4 lb. 2 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice bass! Congrats on the PB!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      So happy for you bud, wtg
    3. Rick S 0
      Congrats on PB Largemouth!
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  4. Well, i finally got my "yak" out on these Virginia waters. They let you fish the reservoirs down here. Anyway, a good first outing. This was the biggest, ...more on a red & yellow crankbait. A nice variety day too; 2 LM's, 2 perch, 2 crappy and 3 blue'ys. Looking forward to more exploring down here.

    3 lb. 6 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Wtg John, that's a good day.
    2. Rick S 0
      Very nice !
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  5. Was just an "eh" type day at Arthur (got 2). But felt good to be "Back in the Yak" (lol ...could be an AC/DC song) and home in PA!

    1 lb. 3 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

  6. I'm working down at a nuclear power plant (engineering) here in Virginia. Thought i'd do alittle local shore fishing. ...Not the biggest, but I'm just ...more glad to get on the board for 2022 already (lol). Napped 2 more plus a decent size Perch. Can't wait to get back on the Allegheny River and Lake Arthur soon.

    1 lb. 13 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Neil Levey 0
      Power plant huh? Explains the glowing in the photo....lol j/k! Nice catch!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Nice one John, looks like a nice, sunny day.
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  7. I tried the 2nd of Pittsburgh's Rivers the other day (the Monongahela). It was a decent outing, though windy for kayak fishing. Caught 11 total, including ...more a white bass. Here's the best of 'em.

    2 lb. 10 oz. Smallmouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. John M 0
      Count me in Frank. I can always learn something new from the best 😀👍
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      You should join Mark and me next season when we float the Middle Allegheny. The MA is very different than the Lower Allegheny.
    3. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, John.
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Very nice, the Rivers have been good to you.
    5. John M 0
      Tx Rick. The "rivers" have been a new found pleasant "surprise" for me. Still have to give The Ohio a try to complete the trifecta (lol).
    6. Rick S 0
      Nice one! You've had a heck of a season on the rivers!
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  8. Kind of a humbling day on the Allegheny (comparatively) ...only 5 total ...This being the best.

    Smallmouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Rick S 0
      Beautiful smallmouth, wtg John!
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Nice, John. That is a great catch.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Where do you launch if you go by yourself? Awesome fish
    4. Rick Carey 0
      solid bud...real solid ..never caught a tank small mouth..
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  9. I tried a different section of the Allegheny River this time. It was a smallmouth bonanza fest ...15 total. Here was the biggest. Fun time on the river for sure. ...more My shoulders still hurt from all the yak paddling ...lol.

    Smallmouth Bass with a Crankbait

    1. Walt Hilliard 0
      Nice day ….
      Keep plugging 🎣
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Sorry so late, wtg John
    3. Frank Yamada 0
      Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to be out of town. Nice fish and great day!
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  10. Many fish caught on the Allegheny (18 total). Mostly small mouths (a lot of dinks). Got another gizard shad too. This Cat was my best size-wise. Prettt good ...more fight!

    3 lb. Catfish with a Crankbait

    1. Rick S 0
      Nice day on the river!

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It's only my 2nd season of serious fishing ...but oh the fun. I mainly target largemouth bass on Lake Arthur, but really any good "fighting ...more fish" will put a smile on my face. I recently landed a 9lb Striper and gotta say that was the best fight of my short fishing career. Thanks for checking in here! Good luck to all anglers.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Bass (large or small)
  • Lure Crankbait