By this time of the year,
we are all well into the full swing of summer fishing. Dealing with
hot weather, bugs, thunder storms and anything else that dear Mother
Nature dishes out. This all makes it the lazy days of summer.
Here in my neck of the
woods, Northeastern Pennsylvania, fishing is somewhat finicky at
best. With the heavy storms moving through the area every three
or four days, our Susquehanna River has been virtually unfishable.
With the high water and extremely muddy conditions, most anglers
have been going to the reservoirs and ponds.
From the New York state
line, just above Towanda down through the Harrisburg area, the Susquehanna
River offers all anglers unlimited opportunities for catching all
types of fish. This area of the river has been nationally recognized
for its production of smallies and muskies. Throughout the area
just south of Wilkes-Barre to the junction where the east and west
branches meet near Sunbury, the Susquehanna has produced many large
fish. By simply pulling out a map of the areas along the river,
you can determine just where to cast your line. There are numerous
launch areas along the shoreline and plenty of bait shops as well.
As I write this article, the river level is just about 6 to 8 feet
above premium fishing height. Fishing throughout the Susquehanna
allows you an opportunity to be on one single body of water and
have the potential to catch every games fish species known to Pennsylvania.
The "PAC" or more appropriately
known as Lake Wallenpaupac is one of the best fishing areas for
a closed body of water in the Northeast. The Pac has exceptional
smallmouth fishing as well as great striper population. With the
many marinas and launch areas around the lake, the access to this
body of water is not hard. There are a lot of boating activities
on the water all summer long and fishing time seems to be best real
early or very late.
Fishing is not the only
way to spend those lazy days of summer. There are great opportunities
to grab that rifle and do a little varmint hunting. With woodchuck
season in full swing, nice days spent relaxing in a large field
waiting patiently for that little head to pop up can be extremely
fun. Finding a good place to hunt is not that difficult. If you
would simply spend a few days driving around and looking for a large
fresh cut field to hunt in and then ask permission. Do not forget
to look for the landowner and ask permission first before you take
it upon yourself to venture onto their property. Respect the landowner
and he will return the gesture to you. Always remember the safety
factor while chuck hunting and the law mandates that a fluorescent
orange cap must be worn. Be smart and use one. An accident can never
be erased, so make sure it doesn't get written.
Last but not least do
not forget that archery equipment. Now is the time to begin getting
ready for your upcoming season. Be sure to get to your local pro-shop
and look over the new equipment for the upcoming season. Check your
equipment and make sure that everything is ready. Now is the time
that you must start to practice. Practice, practice, and more practice
are what is needed. You owe it to the animal that you are pursuing
to be as accurate as you can be.
After you have checked
all your equipment and purchased that new bow and made sure that
the arrows are fletched right, there is still one more thing to
work on. That one more thing is YOU!!!!!!!. Yes, you are just as
important in getting ready as your equipment. It is important to
get a check-up from your doctor and begin a regular exercise period
at least one month prior to the opening day. Walking is the best
thing you can do and I strongly recommend at least a 1/2 mile or
mile walk each day. Other small exercises such as sit-ups and push-ups
will work wonders.
Remember to always take
a first time hunter with you or give a youngster the opportunity
to enjoy Gods great earth. I enjoy your comments on my articles
and would appreciate your feedback.
Visit me at RKJ@EPIX.NET
BY Rich Jackson
15 Sorbertown Hill, Hunlock Creek, Penna 18621
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