Managed to snag a day off on a warm day was going to get the kayak out but had some running to do and the wind was a little stiff. So hit my chores early and called up a fishing buddy to head to the Tuckahoe and try to catch the end of the yellow perch spawn and hopefully some keepers. We loaded up and pulled out around 1 and hit our first stop in Hillsboro by 2pm . We through tandem stinger rigs from shore and shad darts then soaked some bloodworms but nothing was kicking. After a half hour or so we packed up and headed up river to Tuckahoe state park at Horseshoe road hiked back to the river and immediately started soaking blood worms. I hooked my first in about a minute and christened my new Bust Em Baits and performance fishing rods built 6' ultra light rod, it wasn't very big but on a sensitive rod like this you feel every tap.
Little yella fella
I guy next to us pulled a keeper in right after so we thought we were on something but it wasn't meant to be we caught more fish but not much bigger than the 6 incher pictured. Looks like we missed the run but we weren't skunked and enjoyed a great afternoon busting on each others small fish. The white perch runs should be in a week or 2 and I hope to get the kayak in the water in one of my favorite spots.
fishing buddy Pete across the creek
reflection in the stream
Sitting by the fire writing this now its about 31 Degrees out and a noreaster blowing up the coast were supposed to get 1 to 3 inches of snow here hope this is the last go round for winter, did I mention I am ready for spring.
Alright winter was nice cold and snowy so can we get some spring ready for some warmer temps and biting fish. Managed to get out on a couple of nice days and try at some yellow perch with not much luck and it looks like some warmer weather this weekend at least for a day or two. Its been an interesting couple of days here in the Dena with hostage standoff in my neighbor hood and a six or seven car and concrete truck pile up with fatalities that shut down the main highway and put the peninsula in total gridlock. Luckily I found a watering hole to wait it out, maybe the guy who offed his girl friend then himself should have done the same. Its been awhile since I blogged been busy with the usual for the last month though I did manage a late season squirrel hunt with the nephews and I built myself a rod rapper so I can spend money on another hobby I don't have time for and build my own fishing pole. So lets hope spring is around the corner and the fish are biting. TIGHT LINES
So I had this big post written about my year end and plans for the new year it was excellent trust me but then my laptop died and took the post with it so screw it happy new year. So far its a good year to be a polar bear. I dont mind the cold down to say 30 like it was this morning hell took the dog out in shorts and my carhart not too bad but saturday I bailed on hunting. Sitting in a tree stand on a cold windy ridge when its 8 degrees just does sound fun to me. Yeah sure I camped and hunted in the mountains when it was -3 once we were even in a summer tent (note I said once) it makes a great story but you can keep that shit. I know someone from Minnesota will say Im a sissy and thats fine its why I dont live in Minnesota its cold there I hate cold you can keep it. Its forcast to be 7 here monday night so Ill be next to the wood stove as I was this weekend looking out the window and thinking the north can have its weather back. Heres to the new year and spring where I can go fishing without an icebreaker.
Went hunting last weekend for the last days of gun season and the pictures says it all it was an ice rink with temps around 17 degrees and no deer to be seen. Yesterday I was bowhunting the morning in short sleves and broke a sweat on my way in with temps around 65. Both had the same out come no deer for the freezer but both were beautiful morning to be in the woods, thought I perfer the cold temps for hunting. This warm weather just make me want to get a line wet but that wont happen today with work but at least the rain makes me feel a little better about being stuck inside. Now off to get some work done we have been with out water pressure at my hotel for 4 days due to Baltimore city's crumbling infastructer and that causes me whole lot of head aches in my building.
Spent last weekend in Asheville NC doing Thanksgiving with the in laws. There's nothing like a good southern turkey day. We decided to travel the week before the holiday to miss out on traffic and momma works retail and would have been busy. It turned out great since we missed all the weather and it means we get T dinner twice. It is always nice to visit the mountains I always feel at peace there. Had a great dinner with all the fix ins and talked hunting, guns, work and politics with no arguments at all we seem to all see eye to eye on such things finished the weekend out helping get some more fire wood in order for the folks and back in the car for 8 hour trip home.
view from in laws porch
Tonight I'm getting ready for dinner with my family two holiday dinner in less than 7 days not good for the waist line and I sure didn't split enough wood for what I ate. We took the turkey and ham down south but tomorrow I'm only on the hook for dessert, so because I got to work for a few in the am tonight I set about baking bread. Down east Maine pumpkin bread to be exact. Now I have baked a lot of bread but this would be a first pumpkin. I googled pumpkin bread and this recipe has the best reviews so time to prepare. Bread is a process so first you need to gather tools, my new pampered chef bowl from goodwill can opener, spoons, measuring cups and ingredients. Next get beer you simply should not bake without alcohol.
I chose to start with a nice hickory stick stout that I picked up down in NC. Now preheat oven to 350 and grab a bowl and crack 4 eggs empty 15 ounces of pumpkin puree 1 cup vegetable oil and 2/3 cup of water. In another bowl mix 3 cups white sugar 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ginger. Pause drink beer. grease 3 7x3 loaf pans. Pause drink beer. Now slowly mix your dry into your wet ingredients drinking beer as you go. pour in pans and place in oven for 50 min. Mine took 60, yeah me more time to drink beer. Now pumpkin breads good but pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting well .... so 1 stick of unsalted butter half a block or 4 ounces of cream cheese 2cups powdered sugar 1teaspoon vanilla extract. Pause drink more beer in large bowl beat mix together (a man mixes with his hands (OK I still haven't unpacked mixer) ) butter and cream cheese then slowly mix in sugar then extract. And you guessed it drink beer. Now if you drank enough beer this will resultNow let cool grab a beer frost and try only 2 will make it until tomorrow . Now blog about it drunk cause merica.
Levi kept the wife busy until I cleaned up the kitchen and put tools away sorry bud some one had to take one for the team.
Proof I cleaned up now 1 more beer then bed some of us gotta work in the am.