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My buddy Charles has been studying all during his Spring break, and he wanted to do some fishing today. He hasn't been kayak fishing before, so I wanted to go somewhere that was a nice easy paddle with a high chance of catching fish. I settled on going back to Tuckahoe Creek in Hillsboro for some yellow perch, crappie, or catfish.
|First time taking both boats out at once!|
|A nice, quiet place.|
We made our way upstream to where I had some success last year, but I was disappointed to see that the shoreline had changed a bit since then. There were more downed trees, and the water seemed shallower than what I remembered. Anyway, we sent down some live minnows on circle hooks for a while without so much as a nibble. We spent pretty much the next 3 hours just paddling around and trying different spots without much success. I was the only one to hook up today, with a 9.5" yellow perch that came home for dinner - it was barely enough for everyone in the family to taste it. We also saw 2 other boats out there (1 jon boat and 1 canoe). Neither of them were getting many bites today, so it seems the fish just weren't too active today. My guess is that the water was still too cold...maybe in a couple more weeks the fishing should pick up here.
|This was the clearest water I have paddled in this year.|
Still, it was a good time of catching up with Charles during the 1 hour trip to and from Hillsboro, and he enjoyed his first kayak fishing trip (though he almost turtled).
|Charles doing some shore fishing after.|