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Rob Blumberg
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Fisherman, fossil, arrowhead, and civil war hunter
Fisherman, fossil, arrowhead, and civil war hunter

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I have been fishing like crazy any chance I get recently with fall getting closer every day but unfortunately the fish have been tough to coax into biting. I haven't really had enough of anything from any particular day to make a good post but here's a bunch of pics from my recent outings since my last post. Lots of fish porn, some river shots, a guy painting the river, mushrooms, and beautiful nature... Enjoy
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9/19/17
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Yesterday with the weather being gorgeous I planned on fishing most the day. The first spot I hit was a clear water stream that I have been planning on hitting for a while now and now that the water is back to normal I decided the time was right. I was surprised to see how different all the holes were after the recent flash flooding, spots that used to be deep were filled in and spots that used to have big sandbars had become deep holes. It made it more challenging to wade then it used to be and I was limited to a shorter than expected stretch due to holes on the upstream and downstream side that were deep enough that they were impassable without pretty much swimming.
It was slow going at first almost as if the fish just weren't there, it's even more discouraging when the water is so clear you can see the lack of fish but they were there just very well camouflaged to the bottom. After trying a few different approaches at catching them I was finally able to start hauling them in. I had almost non stop action for a while till I felt like I was ready for the next stop. Nothing much of size was caught but it was fun getting so much action from lots of little bass and panfish and seeing some beautiful fish as well as getting one nice smallmouth that I watched grab my bait in about 5 feet of water.
After grabbing some lunch on the way to the next spot I went for round two on the stream that flows through my area but at a downstream spot that I don't fish often. It was perfect looking and felt really fishy as I walked up, on my very first cast I caught a little spotted bass from some swift water that hit as soon as my bait hit the water. I had a little smallmouth on that came off right near shore and the got a small largemouth shortly after. I kept working it as best as I could while sacrificing lots of jigs and not having anymore luck. I gave it a bit longer though before heading home to take care of some things around the house and regroup.
Once I had been relaxing for a bit I was almost going to just hang around the house instead of head back out but I talked myself into it and went to a spot right down the road. It's always a gamble as to whether there will be people there or not but luckily i had it all to myself. Within a few minutes I caught a small largemouth that was one of a few in a small group I saw patrolling the edges. I had a nice hit that I missed and then a couple casts later I caught a nice largemouth that nailed my bait as it was falling in the water. I kept fishing for a little bit longer till dark set in all the way but never had any other action so I decided to just call it a day and head home.
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9/10/17
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Yesterday with the weather being gorgeous I planned on fishing most the day. The first spot I hit was a clear water stream that I have been planning on hitting for a while now and now that the water is back to normal I decided the time was right. I was surprised to see how different all the holes were after the recent flash flooding, spots that used to be deep were filled in and spots that used to have big sandbars had become deep holes. It made it more challenging to wade then it used to be and I was limited to a shorter than expected stretch due to holes on the upstream and downstream side that were deep enough that they were impassable without pretty much swimming.
It was slow going at first almost as if the fish just weren't there, it's even more discouraging when the water is so clear you can see the lack of fish but they were there just very well camouflaged to the bottom. After trying a few different approaches at catching them I was finally able to start hauling them in. I had almost non stop action for a while till I felt like I was ready for the next stop. Nothing much of size was caught but it was fun getting so much action from lots of little bass and panfish and seeing some beautiful fish as well as getting one nice smallmouth that I watched grab my bait in about 5 feet of water.
After grabbing some lunch on the way to the next spot I went for round two on the stream that flows through my area but at a downstream spot that I don't fish often. It was perfect looking and felt really fishy as I walked up, on my very first cast I caught a little spotted bass from some swift water that hit as soon as my bait hit the water. I had a little smallmouth on that came off right near shore and the got a small largemouth shortly after. I kept working it as best as I could while sacrificing lots of jigs and not having anymore luck. I gave it a bit longer though before heading home to take care of some things around the house and regroup.
Once I had been relaxing for a bit I was almost going to just hang around the house instead of head back out but I talked myself into it and went to a spot right down the road. It's always a gamble as to whether there will be people there or not but luckily i had it all to myself. Within a few minutes I caught a small largemouth that was one of a few in a small group I saw patrolling the edges. I had a nice hit that I missed and then a couple casts later I caught a nice largemouth that nailed my bait as it was falling in the water. I kept fishing for a little bit longer till dark set in all the way but never had any other action so I decided to just call it a day and head home.
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9/10/17
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Yesterday evening I went out for a quick wade in the river up the street. It was absolutely perfect weather and the river has finally got back about normal from the recent heavy downpours. I was a little surprised when I stepped into the water by how much the temperature has dropped recently with the cooler days and nights, I'm not sure how bad that effects the fish or their fall pattern but I am not going to let it stop me.
It was very little action on anything, after about 30 minutes I was able to coax a rock bass into biting my hook though. I started working a jig slowly along the bottom with no luck and then I felt a good thump and was almost sure I had a good one till I realized it was a snag. Rather than break off I waded out to where it was snagged at the joining of two branches of my stream and when I did I noticed a significant difference in how much warmer the other one was.
I grabbed my gear and crossed over and fished the stretch right up from the meeting of the two, it was much more clear and shallow but I had a good feeling I was about to get one. A few casts later I had this beautiful smallmouth come and pluck my lure from the surface. It quickly began to put on a show by repeatedly jumping out of the water in an attempt to escape but I was able to keep it on the hook and bring it in for a few pics then release it. I continued to fish for a while but never had another bite, I did get a nice haul of some Pawpaw fruit from some trees by the river before leaving though.
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9/9/17
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Wednesday morning with the rain still holding back but things clouding up I took my last chance to fish the river at a good water level for a while. I went to a spot that I know has some potential for good fish but the past couple times there I was disappointed with the results. I couldn't have imagined the river to look any better if I had tried, the water was perfect and nice and clear of floating leaves on the surface, which are starting to get worse recently.
I walked up and went to a fast riffle that had a couple nice current breaks on either side, I made a long cast at a downstream angle and started to retrieve it. As my lure got into the middle of the riffle a big smallmouth came up and crushed it promptly flying out of the water in an attempt to free itself. After a few grueling minutes of battle I was able to get it in, it tried everything it could to try to get away, probably the hardest fighting bass I've caught all year despite it not being the biggest. I continued to fish for a couple hours with only one more small smallmouth and a couple of other decent bass that were able to throw the hook on my jig. Once it was no longer active and rain finally starting to fall I called it a day and made my way home. Since then it has been raining and the gauge online said last night that the river which had been at 2' in these pics had risen to 16.7' which will greatly impact my fishing and especially wading for at least the next week to come. I'm going to get back on them as soon as conditions improve though!
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9/1/17
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Tuesday I went out for a while and waded the river up the road from my house since I knew the heavy rain was on its way and I'd not be able again for an undetermined amount of time. It was cooler than it has been but still a little on the hot side with blasting sun. The river was absolutely perfect looking and seemed like it would be a good day of fishing and wading. It started out kinda slow with not a single bite for a while but after hitting a few holes I started getting into a few.
I never caught anything of size but the fish I did catch had lots of attitude that helped make up for it. Also a little tiny bass and a sunfish that didn't know what they were getting themselves into by chasing after my lure that was almost larger than they were! That was about all the action I had for the day but I did take some cool pics of a couple of the baby toads that were all over the banks! There was hundreds of them all over the place so I caught a couple to get closer pics. I also saw a beautiful Indian paintbrush flower that was glowing in the sun on the edge of the river. The Pawpaw trees are loaded down with fruit this year too, for those that don't know what they are they are the cluster of green fruit in one of the pics above. A lot of people describe the flavor and texture to be almost like a cross between a mango and a banana. Since the fishing was slower and the weather nice I took advantage of it and took some cool river pics too.
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9/1/17
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Yesterday was supposed to be a rainy day but with the showers in my area being very light I decided to take full advantage of the gloomy weather and hit the river. I went to a very public area but with the clouds, light rain, and being a Monday I lucked out and had the whole place to myself! I was surprised to see the river as low as it is, it's not unusual for this time of year but with the above average rainfall all year it was kinda weird since this is the first time all year it's hit this level. The water is a good temp and has a lot of clarity to it which can make for some challenging yet great bass fishing.
I mainly focused on a small riffle that was very shallow going into a hole about three feet deep,usually the perfect kind of spot to find summer smallmouth ready to ambush anything that crosses their path. The bite however proved to be a tough one, it was at least 30 minutes of no action till I was able to coax up a little spotted bass on top. I switched to a small jig and started working the bottom and within my first few casts I had a nice smallmouth nail it in the faster water. It put up a great fight and really helped boost my confidence and gave me a hope for more to come.
I spent about ten more minutes of working the swifter water with no more luck before I started working an edge with some overhanging bushes and some submerged timber. It wasn't long before I had a solid thump on my line but when I set the hook I was almost certain for a second that I had hooked some of the wood down there until it came alive! It really gave me a great fight and had my adrenaline pumping over the fear of loosing it, it was not a giant but with the very light tackle I fish most the time it could have easily gotten the better of me if I didn't work it in right.
After another thirty minutes or so of no action I made a move back towards my house, I was satisfied and almost decided to call it a day but I checked another spot just to see if I could find a few more fish. I got in and waded up to a big log pile that produced some great fish for me last year in the fall, I thought it looked amazing but not even one bite after covering the whole structure. I waded back down and hit another hole until I broke off another jig on a snag, at which point I called it so I could save the rest of my tackle to donate to the river gods on another day...
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8/29/17
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This was my weekend.... Fishing, more fishing, mass jerky production, grilling, more fishing, yellow jacket extermination, pepper picking, cold beverages and good times!
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8/29/17
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Sometimes things don't come together as planned but yesterday evening I still made the best of it. I went out just before dark for a short wade in hopes of getting some top water action. After a good hour of fishing into the dark with not so much as a tap I had come to terms with the fact the fish didn't plan on cooperating with me, I even had a very large something swirl in the water about 10' behind me as if it was taunting me. I also saw a huge disturbance upstream followed by a large carp that came flying out of the water..
Since things weren't going to work out as far as fishing went I turned on my headlamp and started to enjoy some of the creatures of the night. I saw a gar sitting in only about 3" of water near some swift currant that was stalking minnows. I spent a little bit after that cruising the edges trying to hand catch some fish, something I've not done in years. I didn't have much luck but I had my hand around a big sunfish that darted away and I did get a tiny little either largemouth or spotted bass. I also caught a pretty big crawfish that had an even bigger attitude!
I walked the banks as well seeing tons of other life, mostly just bugs and spiders. I walked directly into a huge spiderweb cause I had my head pointed at the ground, luckily the spider itself got on my rod and not my face that caught most of the web! I found a snake quietly chilling on a tree branch and was able to get a couple pics without angering or scaring it. I found a really cool caterpillar that was crawling around on the rocks, it almost looked like it had a face because of the big spots that looked like eyes. All in all it was a fun time and I left just as happy as if I had landed a huge bass. Sometimes making the best of nothing can turn it into something.
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8/24/17
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Today being the full solar eclipse I figured what better to do than to go play with some bass and see how it would affect their behavior. I last minute chose a spot close to home so I could get back in time for the best part of it. It was so nice to get in the river and wade a stretch with the river all to myself! Much nicer than yesterday and all of the chaos I had to endure to catch a few fish. I got in and on my second cast I got a beautifully colored spotted bass which was very pleasing. After wading down a little ways I hooked up with a small largemouth that hit right at my feet pretty much.
I continued down through a stretch that was about waist deep water picking up another little largemouth along the way. Once I had gotten to the next shallow area I turned and went back upstream hitting the spots again that I did on the way down but with no success. As I approached the spot that I got in at I debated just heading out since the eclipse was getting a lot closer to full but I said to myself "I'll just fish this one last log because I really want to catch a good fish"... Next cast "BAM"! a great largemouth came up and smacked my lure on the surface as it glided over a submerged log. It put up a great fight and was a challenge to get in from the cover I caught it in with my light line, after a bit of a struggle I was able to slide it to the edge and grab a couple pics before releasing it and promptly leaving to get back in time for the eclipse.
I included a few pics at the end of the eclipse "the best pics I could get" and a pic of how dark it got as well as the cool crescent shaped shadows it cast on the ground from the leaves on the trees.
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8/21/17
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