- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:53
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Mid-March is different every year. I can recall some years when mid-March was balmy, and the biggest white perch I have ever caught in the spring were hauled in near Falmouth; one right after another on March 8, of one of those years. Interestingly, this particular memory was not that long ago. Some of those perch were nearly 12 inches long.
The very next year, I went back to that spot at the same time, and the fish were not there for three more weeks and were much smaller. Did I just happen to hit it right one time? I don’t think so. I have hit the spot right a few other times, and when I did, the spot remained hot for a few days. Some years the window of opportunity is wider than others. What has amazed me is that the timing is not always what we think it would be.
Take this year for instance; we have had what appears to be a cold winter. One would think that many bugs were killed and would not be out for a while. Yet my daughter had two ticks on her last week. A bus driver that I chat with at the school said he picked one off himself last week, too.
I also would have thought with all the cold weather, snow and ice, and so on that the fishing would have been a bit slower to start. A few years ago, we had a very mild winter. Turkey were gobbling in January and fighting in February. I really thought the shad and perch would be running early. In fact, I went to several of my favorite spots looking for them and never got a bite until very late March. Obviously, I was wrong. See our fishing report this week and be as amazed as I am. I suppose the weather is not always the only variable that kicks the fishing into gear.
And that brings me to the next subject; our outdoor report is only as good as our sources. We have a few really good sources. However, over the years, many people have stopped going into local stores to chat about their fishing or hunting success. Some of our sporting goods stores or country stores have closed their doors, and I find that sad. However, with the aid of technology, we can still spread the word about where the fish are biting or what is biting. Most of the time, The Journal puts our report online for your convenience. I know with Facebook and all those other social media sites and avenues, people are spreading the word about their field and stream exploits and successes. Sending us an email with your report or pictures of successes will not only give you a shot at some local fame, but it will also help others, who may not have that much time to fish or hunt, decide when the best time may be to put aside their chores or take a rare day off from work.
When I put together the reports, I don’t like to put out someone’s special fishing spot for everyone to pound. In fact, much of my editing of the information I receive involves not only cleaning up the wording of the reports but also paring back some info. Some may not agree with me doing that, but I think it is in the best interest of everyone if we simply say that rockfish are biting off Swan Point rather than saying, “The third dock as you go around the southern end of Swan Point has been a hotspot.”
So, if you are willing to share that something is biting well, I promise not to give away any more (and often a tiny bit less) information than you give me. If you happen to mention specific info and are just sharing that with me for my information and not for publication, just let me know. Also, please do frequent the businesses that help us with the reports. Let them know you saw the information they gave us, so they know it is worth their while to help us out.
I know that many younger anglers want to get out and catch some fish. Help us help them have a successful day. The same goes with hunting; if you get out and notice something in the woods or fields that may help another hunter, let us know. We will pass it on.
Tips for great outdoor photos:
--Clean up the background of your photos; for example- don’t sit on your tailgate holding your turkey with a bag of trash in the pickup bed.
--Watch objects that grow; for example- a boat antenna behind an angler’s head might look like it is popping out of their skull.
--Don’t cross faces with rods or guns.
--Keep guns pointed in a safe direction and open actions if possible.
--Keep blood off the fish, clothing and animals, as much as possible; gruesome shots are not published.
--Keep the photo clean and appropriate; we don’t need to see a provocative t-shirt, beer cans, etc.
--Tilt caps up to avoid shadowing faces; or take off caps.