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No pro football today, and cabin-fever got the best of me. Bought my license on-line and the it dawned on me .. conditions were horrible. It was blowin' at 30 knts, so big-water was out of the question. Where to go ? I decided on a protected local ditch. First cast with a generic black nymph produced:

A "micro-crappie" !!

First fish of 2007. Caught 4 more before my guides iced-up. They
were all runts, but they were fish.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

Harry, I hope you're not too envious !!

JM3
 

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Bill, my largest was caught about 10 years ago ... 17.5 inches !! It was a cow.

C&O canal upstream from DC... on a #6 white charlie. The same old submerged tree branch I always fished. It is gone now.

Unfortunately, it was prior to my "digital days", but I'm sure some of her kids are still in
the gene pool since she was released.
 

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John,
Its going to be a good year isn't it!

We are going to need to get some freshwater time in together this year.
I always enjoy your reports

Pete
 

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PM, I will fish with "you" anytime and anywhere. Fresh, salt, or in between.

Cause you got the disease.

Crappies are not CBBT Moes, but it's all I got right now ... goin' wit da flow.

Saltwater is the best by far, but I still like to visit my ponds, rivers, lakes. Takes me back
to the early days of throwin' bass bugs. That's how I got into this mess.

JM3
 

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Yeah John, we're gonna have to get Pete out trout fishing or to those ponds we fished before Paxfest. One of those nice bass on a popper or a frisky wild brown on a hopper and he'll be even more hopelessly hooked.

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Catchin' is catchin' no matter the size. Mason at Salisbury Fly shop hosts a New Years Day get together every year at Transquaking Creek. This year, in a pouring rain, 10 of us caught sunfish and crappie steadly for several hours. Gets the year off to a good start with good fellowship. No matter they were only 6-10" , catchin is catchin.
 

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What a noble little crappie. I love da crappie. Wish there were more around me..... Just about every year, a pickerel is my first fish.
 

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Congrats on your first fish.
It does not matter how large the fish is, as we say fish=fish.

I went out today in search of pike but picked the wrong time.
It was raining cats and dogs, I was blasted by strong winds and
rain all morning.
Still I saw a few hunting pike during these miserable conditions.
I had (I think) two takes but got no fish.

At the end of the morning the rain turned into hail.
When lightning struck at the other side of the pond I was fishing
I ran off (with lightning speed)
 

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Seb, love that old Medalist reel ... I own 4 ... one in every size. Caught my first striper
(that needed backing) using one in 1960. Had to stick my finger inside the spool and press against the line to slow him down. Still fish one from time to time just to remind myself of the "clicking" sound. Great memories of my father & I using them to catch smallies in the river above Swain's Lock. Spent "all" of my teenage year doing this.

Marcel, stay after those pike ... but don't get zapped.

JM3
 
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