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Tail Slap

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

An Armstrong Creek rainbow got some revenge.

Tail Slap 2041 © 2011 David Deppen

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Trophy Channel Cat

October 19, 2010 1 comment

Do you remember your favorite  fishing or hunting spot while growing up?  Can you still go there?  For many people, those old favorite places are now developments, posted property, or too far away from where they live now.  Ken is one of the lucky ones.  He still fishes his favorite spot on the Susquehanna River—and it’s a doozy.  His target?  Catfish.  BIG catfish.

After months of low water levels, the recent rain finally brought the river up to Ken’s favorite level.  So he decided to do some serious fishing until well after dark, hoping to put some fillets in the freezer.  In fact, the fishing was so good that he stuck with it past two in the morning!  After catching a bunch of channel catfish exceeding two feet in length, the last fish of the night turned out to be a monster.  Ken is a prime example of what can happen when you make a few extra casts, or stay in your deer stand for another hour.

Folks, that’s a 32-incher, on 8-pound line!  But that’s not the biggest he’s ever caught.  That would be a 36-incher.  Wow.

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A Sunny Day

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment

A little boy, a small pond and hungry sunfish—it doesn’t look good for the sunnies.

All photographs and text are Copyright © 2010 David Deppen, all rights reserved.  They are not in the public domain and may not be copied, used for derivative works, or used in emails, websites, blogs, or any other media, or for any other purpose, without explicit advance permission from David Deppen.  Please use links to website pages if you wish to share content with others.

It’s Not My Fault!

April 28, 2010 2 comments

Dear Barbara:

Sweetheart, I’m writing this note to tell you how very sorry I am that the lawn wasn’t mowed and looking nice for the weekend.  Honest, I intended to get the yard into great shape on Friday.  It’s not my fault!

Here’s what happened.  You know that online outdoors forum with so many interesting photos and discussions at HuntingPA.com?  Well this guy with the screen name, okinpa, talked me into stocking trout in Powells and Armstrong Creeks on Friday.  Wouldn’t you know it, we picked one of the last stops of the day to wait for the stocking truck.  So we told hunting and fishing stories until the truck finally showed up at 2:58.  You thought I was a fanatic about hunting and fishing.  Ha!  I bet this guy gets in even more trouble with his wife than I do with you!

Anyway, they told me I had to run over 100 yards as fast as possible with a bucket of trout, to a place where they couldn’t drive the truck.  After that I was totally exhausted, and there was no chance of being able to do lawn work.

Let me tell you, this guy is so persuasive, before I knew what happened he talked me into going to the Wiconisco Creek, near Millersburg, to fish for trout in the evening.  The guy is a bad influence.  So you really should blame him—not me!

Love,
David

p.s.  Here are some photos of the rascal.

At first we only caught fallfish.  I tried to convince him that this one would make excellent fillets.  You can tell by the devilish smile that he wasn’t buying it.  But I know his curiosity will get the best of him, and he’ll eventually try one when nobody’s looking.

W

As the sun got lower in the sky, the brown trout finally came out to play.  You-know-who landed two, but I got skunked.

W

The troublemaker kept working his minnow rig along the opposite shore late into the evening, despite my pleas to call it a night.

W

Note:  Don’t take this post too seriously, as it contains a heavy dose of artistic license.  Barbara wasn’t mad and okinpa is not a bad influence.  If anything, it was the other way around.

Have fun,
David

p.s.  Seriously, okinpa, thanks for sharing a great day in the great outdoors!

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