Sunday, March 30, 2014

Late Season Paper Pickerel

Matt and I got out a few weeks ago at the tail end of Pickerel season and I'm glad we did. It was a rainy afternoon on the Severn and my second bite felt like a good one. It stayed deep as I brought it towards the kayak and then launched out of the water right over my net. I missed netting it 2 or 3 times, each time hoping that it wouldn't spit the hook. Finally, got it in the net and knew it was close to a citation. Sure enough once I put it on the measuring board it was exactly 24", my first citation pickerel!
 Photo credit: Matt Baden
We each caught a few more and called it a day. The bait of choice was live minnows on a light jig head.

Later in the weekend Dave, his buddy Denny, and I got out on the water to chase Pickerel for the last time this spring. They will be spawning shortly and it's better to let them do their thing in peace. Dave crushed it that day and caught about 8 pickerel to my one. I did manage to catch my first white perch of the year which came as a surprise that it was hanging out in such shallow water.
 It was cold day and we posted up on a secluded beach/ mud flat and started a nice fire to warm up. Overall, a great two days on the water.

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