By John “Toast” Oast
This past weekend I floated a stretch of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River that I never have. I had floated part of it a number of times, but not the whole five mile length before. I used the same access and take-out points with friends from the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association both days.
On Saturday, I was joined by Brian Swingle. Brian fished from his Ocean Kayak Torque, and I used my Ocean Kayak Big Game II. It was one of the most productive smallmouth days on the river that I have ever experienced. By the end of the day, both of us lost track of the number of fish we had caught. The smallies on Saturday also had consistent size. I landed two around 18 inches, and lost two that were at least that size. I was throwing a Susky Slayer colored PowerTeam Craw D’oeuvre and a yellow spinnerbait. The fish were evenly divided between the two. Most of the fish were tight to larger rocks, breaking current, both near shore and submerged in deeper water.
One of my big smallies from Saturday, on a PowerTeam craw. (by B. Swingle)
Brian Swingle, showing off one of his numerous bass.
On Sunday, I was joined by Frank Patla, in his Ocean Kayak Torque, and John Blair, in his Old Town Predator 13. We caught a good number of fish, but the fishing was not nearly as consistent as the day before. Early on, Frank landed two huge 18.5 inch smallmouths and a nice walleye. About mid-day the bite seemed to turn off. Through the rest of the day, only a handful of bass were caught, of a lot smaller size. I also landed one bluegill and a rock bass. There was no clear pattern either.
Frank Patla, with one of his big smallies.
John Blair, on his new Predator.
If you are looking for a great group of guys in the Pennsylvania area, who love kayak fishing, join the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association, a division of the 501c3 Suskie Bassmasters. Also, check out the PKFA Facebook page!
Frank Patla, from Sunday: