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I opted to hit St. Mary's Lake today to shake off the skunks and frustrations of my past few trips. I fished from noon to 4pm. Water temperature ranged from 57* to 60* depending on where I was and how shallow the water was. The plan was to pick up a fish or two in my usual spots, then explore and try some new places and a new technique.

I trolled the baby bass colored Deep Little N that Joe gave me everywhere I went, but nothing hit it this time. Jigging my Cicada at the usual haunts didn't work, either, and I was striking out along the shoreline with a 3" chartreuse grub. I had caught a bunch of little bass at the pond at Calvert Cliffs park on a 1/8oz fire tiger Vibric Rooster Tail while trying to catch the recently stocked trout two weeks ago, so I tied that on in hopes of at least catching a little bass to get the skunk off.

The Rooster Tail was the ticket:


I still can't smile on command. :rolleyes:

That bass was the biggest I caught all day, but I caught over 15 others that were smaller. Here's another shot of a "bigger" one that I caught later in the day:



What really made my day was catching a few bluegill, which I haven't caught in years:




I caught about 8-10 bluegills total, which was a lot of fun. :high5: It reminded me of fishing with my father when I was a kid and catching a bunch of sunfish.

I also caught two pickerel, which was the icing on the cake for today. :clapping2: They were a little bigger than "hammer handles" but not by much. Maybe "hatchet handles":



They were the only pickerel I've caught in awhile, too, which kind of makes up for not getting any yellow perch this year.

I tried a few other crankbaits and also tried for some crappie using a slip bobber, which I haven't done before. Neither were productive.

In all, it was a lot of fun even though all the fish were small. It was kind of like being a kid again, which was kind of a theme today. Another bonus for today was seeing several father-daughter fishing trips where everyone was having a good time. One set was fishing right at the boat ramp using nightcrawlers and clobbering the same sized bass I had been catching. She was having a hard time waiting for the bobber to dive but got the hang of it. Seeing the bobber go under was another nice reflection from when I was kid.
 

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All Right! you got your mojo back. What was the lure for the Pickerel?

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I caught about 40 pickerel over 5 trips during the first two weeks in March. All were caught using live minnows on small jigheads and retrieving slowly. I was wade fishing in a small cove in the lower Severn River. Pickerel will also hit various spinners like Mepps, very small spinner baits, and metal spoons (like a Johnson minnow), and small soft plastics.
 

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