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Opening Day Skunk
The long winter has ended. The snow mostly melted, with only the dregs remaining in the deepest, shadowy places of the forest. Lake ice, retreating from the shore in a glum surrender to wistful spring has opened an area large enough to cast for any fish willing to play along in this great resurgence of primal instinct. I stand there on the low point and ponder which lure to tempt them. In the end the choice is easy, my tried and trusty whopper-plopper. The WP is fun to cast and anticipate even when it does not draw an explosive strike. I’ve had fish grab it savagely as soon as it hit the water, just before I pulled it out and anywhere in between. I trip the bail, swing the rod back and sweep it forward….

Forty-five minutes ago I had paraded out of the house with my gear, proclaiming that I would not be back before dark. This gave me about two hours to fish. Upon arrival I realized that I was too late to get the best spot, but the cool temperature, steady north wind and thin cloud had discouraged any other rivals. Here I was now in the second best spot having used each of my lures enough to realize the fish were not interested in them. I don’t know if it is just me but I have noticed that as I get older, cold temperatures cause my kidneys to reach levels of production that rival happy hour at my favourite pub. That hot post-supper cup of tea had magically expanded to an alarming volume. Cleaning weeds after each cast had dampened my hands enough that they were now numb. My three layers of clothing, wool cap and two hoods had surrendered to the invasive pressure of the wind. My feet were cold. Had I caught anything, or even had a convincing bite, I am sure none of those sensations would have registered in my adrenaline fired brain. But I hadn’t and they did. It is time to go home and rejoice that fishing season is now upon us and we have six more months of better days. But this one was still better than my best day at work. Yaaaahoooooo!
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 4/1/2019 6:46:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/01/2019 18:46 PM

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Trolled to the edge of the earth and back
Beautiful day on the Bay with Jimmy. We probably traveled to the edge of the earth and back and couldn’t get a single bite. Needless to say it was a perfect day for fishing but with low water temps the bite seemed to be turned all the way off. I think it’s that time to call it a season for me.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 11/25/2017 3:34:00 PM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 11/25/2017 15:34 PM

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williamIt’s usually that one more day that produces the bite or the fish of the season
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Down for the count Dead in the water
So while moving on to new fishing ground my boat suddenly lost compression and started bogging in and out almost leaving us dead in the water. Luckily captain Jimmy jumped into action and got us crawling back to the docks safely. Despite boat issues it was still a great day on the bay with my good buddy Jimmy.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 7/3/2017 10:03:00 AM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 07/03/2017 10:03 AM

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8 Comments
williamIf this the 1st time taking boat put the summer you may have water in your fuel line in catborators try draining carbs and pumping fuel ball to get out excess water.
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williamIf you think that's the issue hot me back I'll walk you tri it. I have a mercury out board motor
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williamIf this is the 1st time taking the boat out this year you may have water in your fuel line or in your calibrator. Drain the fuel line and can to get excess water out happen to me yesterday. If that's the problem hit me back I'll walk you tru it.its easy
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The Cranksta @william thanks for the advice. It sounded like a fuel problem you might be right. Hope it doesn't cost me too much I should of reached to you guys first doh
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The CrankstaI think Jimmy switched the lines to the back up tank. But maybe we should run it a little more. I didn't want risk it though being out there stranded.
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CanuckIt does sound like a fuel problem, maybe the filter? Or it could be old gas if the tank was full over the winter. Good luck with it and please let us know what the problem is so I have a better clue if it happens to me. I also have a Merc. I feel your pain both with motor issues (All of mine have been electrical connections save one when my cooling water system clogged up) and watching my guest (even if it is a great guy like Jimmy) fill the boat while I captain it. Have you named her yet?
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The Cranksta @canuck I'll let you know what they find out for sure. The motor is an old 88 Johnson 2 stroke and is most likely approaching end of days. I think I will name her "Major Pain" lol?? cuz that's what she's been putting me thru sense I got her.
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Pepe LePew
One of the slowest days of fishing I've had in a while. Caught the dreaded skunk.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
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JimmyNicest skunk I've seen on Stackfish! lol
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CanuckThat should become the standard "Skunk Shot" for the site. Care to donate it?
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SkolmannFeel free.
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Another tough day of fishing at the Maryland SQTs. We took the hike up to the flats and couldn't get on the fish. It turned out to be cold wet day with no bass in sight. Just another day fishing. Work in progress learning a lot.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 4/22/2017 6:31:00 AM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 04/22/2017 6:31 AM

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Can't wait to get back out on the water. This is from last June, we got skunked but still had a great time.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 1/3/2017 4:21:00 PM contributed by Josh Favinger

Catch Date: 01/03/2017 16:21 PM

3 Comments
Fishin DudeCool set up. I'll be looking for you out on the water this season.
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JimmyNice ride!
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Shaka AntoineThat's what I'm talking about! Who needs a yak, give me a jetski!
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With the crazy weather I figured it was worth a shot to see if the Shad have arrived.
No luck, we couldn't even catch a perch today.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 3/8/2017 3:12:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 03/08/2017 15:12 PM

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Fishin DudeLooks tranquil. Always nice to enjoy the outdoors and wet a line. Hopefully the fish will cooperate next time.
LikeReply 2 years
JimmyThe Susquehanna is an amazing and beautiful river. It's always good to be there, catching or not.
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williamTrust me Jimmy I've been there and done that
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BMoutdoorsIm thinking of taking my boat to liberty resivior tomorrow in reisterstown or sykesville, ever been? Any hot spots?
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JimmyI haven't fished liberty but If I had a reservoir rig I'd be fishing there or Piney Run. I haven't figured out Prettyboy yet and Loch Raven is fished so hard!
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I've been skunked for two weeks using the traditional rod and reel method. Upon stepping onto our boat there was a "lovely" smell. This young lad was in our dingy. 😂. The seagulls got a good dinner.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 2/1/2017 11:59:00 AM contributed by TerryB

Catch Date: 02/01/2017 11:59 AM

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Fishin DudeSmelly surprise. Dropped by a bird, jumped in, or a prank by a friend I assume.
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TerryBWe often find half eaten small fish on the deck. This guys was intacted and quite hefty. Our guess is a bird dropped him there.
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Had an amazing time fishing with the #nysurfcrew . These guys take surf fishing to a whole different level. They aren't a crew that drops a line in and waits they scope out for Intel diving birds and rips close to the shoreline. Then they attack it felt like I was in the navy seals on a special ops mission. @shaka-antoine thanks for the invite had a blast. I need to be in much better shape hanging with your crew. I was dead Sunday after a whole day running the shoreline.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by The Cranksta
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Shaka AntoineIt was my pleasure to have you with us on this hunt. I wish were were able to connect with those stripers but hey that's part of fishing the surf...you might go home with no fish. I've had the pleasure of hosting you and @jimmy this season, and want to see if we can keep this up?
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JimmySorry I missed it! It sounds like the last time that I fished with @shaka-antoine, an amazing adventure!
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The face you make when you bring the wife fishing. Need I say more lol :-) . We had a great time it was really nice to get out on the water together.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 11/13/2016 10:51:00 AM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 11/13/2016 10:51 AM

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TerryBI'd be careful. You may need her to paddle one day. hahahahahahaha. Great pic, btw.
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JimmyDid she out fish you again ?
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The CrankstaThanks Terry. Yes some where between taking selfies and lounging on the boat I'm sure she would have pulled out paddle lol. I must admit she was hanging there casting away with no issues.
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The Cranksta @jimmy those birds and trollers out fished use that's for sure. I hate trollers just lazy hehe
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Out with my buddy Dave last Saturday. He spent the day snagging and losing all my good lures but he was finally able to recover one of my rigs after being snagged on a mean case of the sea squirts? Have no clue what these things are lol. But that's all he could catch. Fun day on the bay regardless.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 11/5/2016 12:15:00 PM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 11/05/2016 12:15 PM

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JimmyThink of them as Oysters without shells. There is a video out there of that guy who eats weird stuff trying to eat them. They taste horrible and almost made that guy sick lol
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Almost washed the skunk off, but missed this one rogue bass that did not get the message they weren't supposed to bite today. Muddy water from all the rain and extremely high tide stopped the bite. Should have known better when I noticed that there were no birds fishing. At least I got in a good test on my rain suit!
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Tdawg
Fishing off my cousin's wharf in Cape Breton, N.S. - He figures we spooked them when we walked onto it. No matter - it was just fine by me to wet a line on one of my old stomping grounds.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 9/24/2016 2:30:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 09/24/2016 14:30 PM

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JimmyWhat types of fish can be found there and what body of water are your fishing?
LikeReply 2 years
CanuckI was fishing the Bras D'Or Lakes which is a Salt Water inland sea. The variety of fish in enormous due to the slightly less salty water and warmer temperatures. Stripers, Salmon, Cod, Mackerel, Trout, White Perch and a few more can all be caught there.
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TerryBIt always helps when you say, "Here fishy, fishy." ha
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JimmyTo be able to target Salmon, Stripers and Cod in same body of water is amazing... What seasons are these species available for catching?
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CanuckD'Oh!
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CanuckIt is a special place. I am not certain of the exact months they are available as it has been a long time since I fished there. My cousins fish their arm of the Bras D'Or from ice out to ice in and usually catch fish every day. Trout just after ice out and then Stripers and Salmon later in the summer. Cod are around all year long. Once the ice get solid enough we can fish of Trout and smelts. The smelts show up in the fall.
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Fishing has been pretty rough this year but I'm enjoying every minute of it :-) . The weather was perfect the water was nice but there were no fish to be found for me. Thanks for the invite @jimmy @canuck @tdawg I had a blast. @shaka-antoine headed your way next. #stackfishcrew keep the train rolling wooo! Wooo!
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 9/18/2016 7:23:00 AM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 09/18/2016 7:23 AM

Ever wonder why you are being skunked? The fish have a guardian angel watching over them.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 9/3/2016 5:40:00 PM contributed by TerryB

Catch Date: 09/03/2016 17:40 PM

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JimmyAmazing!
LikeReply 2 years
Decided to try the ICW again today. The tide was coming down and the dedicated saltwater fishermen were arriving after their day at work. We SHOULD get some hits. NOT!!! Clearly we have a lot to learn about saltwater fishing.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 8/22/2016 5:37:00 PM contributed by TerryB

Catch Date: 08/22/2016 17:37 PM

Does It count as a Skunk if you never wet a line? I was too early to rent any gear and a park attendant pointed out a sign about Blue Algae that was so thick the park authorities were no longer renting gear anyway. One fellow was fishing with his own gear and he claimed that Largemouth up to 4 lbs are swimming in the Harlem Meer. He also said that the rental gear (and supplied bait) mostly produces Bluegills. They are present in the hundreds, although with water that is greener than an Olympic Diving pool I couldn't see any. Oh well - maybe my next trip to the Big Apple. You can make out some turtles swimming behind me. Lots of them in all Central Park Ponds.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 8/12/2016 8:26:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 08/12/2016 8:26 AM

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JimmyNext time you go you should PM @shaka-antoine and try talking him into giving you his NYC fishing tour. I've done it and it's the best NYC tour you'll ever get!
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CanuckYou are right, I should have done that. Next time for sure.
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Me working the weeds trying to get a bite. First time fishing this area. I prefer lipless cranks but I was told I needed to be using poppers, topwater lures or weedless.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 8/7/2016 1:24:00 PM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 08/07/2016 13:24 PM

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JimmyLove the facemask/gaiter! Where did you get it lol
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TerryBHe's wearing it wrong. Glad he wasn't our model.
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JimmyStill looks much better than our first model, lol
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Lipless Crankster @terry actually it's versatile you can fold it into a face mask or head band :)
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CanuckHow do you work a lipless crank? I have a few but they have produced nothing for me. The bass just ignore them.
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Lipless Crankster @canuck I typically use a live target yearling bait ball lure for fresh (largemouth bass can't resist it). For salt I go with a chartreuse color strike king has great action and strong rattle. I've found the best time to use them just around sun rise and late in the evening. For grassy areas consider removing one hook from each of the treble hooks to reduce getting snagged.
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Breaking in the tandem kayak with the wife. We need to work out our rhythm but we were able to throw a few lines out without rolling each other over into the water lol. As you can see fellas look who gets stuck doing all the work paddling and fishing at the same time. It's was a great day for fishing.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 8/7/2016 1:24:00 PM contributed by The Cranksta

Catch Date: 08/07/2016 13:24 PM

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TerryBI don't see a problem with this!
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JimmyHey Karla, I think you'll have better luck fishing if you troll. I'm sure Brian would agree lol
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Well this trip didn't go as planned. The eels Joe picked up only go bitten in half by Bluefish...even my fake eel was lost to bluefish. I had a small fish on but lost it while Joe was able to land a few up to 8lbs...skunked for me! We will be back at it shortly.
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine
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