|23.5" aggressive pickerel|
School is out for spring break and that means I have even more time to do some bass fishing. The weather for my first day on break lined up for a perfect spring day, so I loaded up the Cuda 14, and went to the Suffolk Lakes. I wanted to try some new spots, so I geared up for a long paddle and left at sunrise.
|I absolutely love my new Kokatat Gortex Full-Zip Jacket|
I got to my first spot, and after only a few cast, my chatterbait was inhaled by a solid fish. I wasn't sure what it was at first, but after a glimpse of a missile-like body I could tell it was a giant pickerel. I carefully brought the fish to the boat, and landed the beast. This was the biggest pickerel I have ever seen. The fish measured out to 24.75in and and was really fat. I snapped some pictures and went back to fishing.
|24.75" Citation Pickerel|
I kept with my plan and hit all of the spots I had found in previous research, and all of them produced fish. I caught several more big pickerel with the smallest being 23in. Most of the bass I caught were small males, but I picked up a few thick pre-spawn females. My biggest bass of the day, came on a 6in hard-plastic swimbait slow-rolled over a secondary point.
|Chunky Bass on a square-bill|
|Another good Pre-spawn largemouth|
|Last fish of the day, 24.5in pickerel|