Category Archives: Fishing

Rivanna River Fishing – I

bill catching a catfishThis past weekend, we decided to get out and do a bit of fishing and camping. We were heading out for a relaxing expedition down Virginia’s Rivanna River.

As the weekend approached, the weather forecast called for a chance of showers. Okay, no problems!
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Big Bad Bluegill

big bluegillI was out trying to catch some monster crappie today, just casting around the shallow areas from the bank hoping to get one of the barn door sized slabs. Here in Virginia, a citation size crappie comes in at 15 inches.

To date, I have caught 9 crappie over that 15 inch mark. A few of those on a fly rod. I was hoping to catch number 10 and score an “Expert Angler” certificate.
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Plan B Fishing Trip

plan b fishing trip
Getting outside and doing stuff is awesome! The fresh air, the outdoors, it just makes us all feel better?

With spring knocking at the door, my inner caveman wanted to get outside. A bad case of spring fever maybe? Anyhow, this past weekend, we were able to get out for a quick overnighter camping and fishing trip.
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How To Fish Crankbaits II: Fishing Tactics

Spring crankbait fishing

Spring crankbait fishing

Today’s post is the second in a series about how to fish crankbaits.

This is the link to the first post in this series, titled “How To Fish Crankbaits: Fishing Tactics.” This first post covers two ways to fill up your stringer.

This second post covers another two ways that you can try. But I am sure there are other methods? If you have something you like, why not share it with us?
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Choosing My Best Fish Finder

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My choice as the best fish finder for my needs

I finished my research and have chosen the Lowrance Elite 3x as my best fish finder after looking at the Humminbird PiranhaMax 175 and the Garmin echo 301c offerings.

As a reminder, the cone angle determines the coverage, or footprint seen by the fish finder. A wider cone angle means that the fish finder will see more of the bottom.

For me, this is important because I do tend to fish shallower areas from a fishing kayak or a canoe. Why have a fish finder if it will only see a few inches of bottom coverage (narrow cone angle).
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Fish Finder Cone Angle

fish finder cone angleI am evaluating fish finders. I have mentioned in other posts that most of my fishing is done in fairly shallow water. A lot of the local rivers and ponds are brackish and tannin stained, — read that I cannot see the bottom.

What I have learned thus far in looking over the product specifications is that the fish finder manufacturers do not measure cone angles in the same way. I see these comments echoed by others while doing my research.

But, I needed something to compare the various fish finder cone angle specifications and resulting footprint! Just what would I be seeing? A few square inches, a few feet, what?

I thought that this might be some useful information to share?
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