SE vs State Opener - Enjoyable!
This was the first year I participated in the 8am starts of both openers. There was a drastic difference between the 2. I went to Manada (Dauphin) and Whipple Dam (Huntington). Both areas were packed. I showed up at Manada at 3:00 am. I showed up at Whipple at 7:15 am. Whipple was absolutely packed. It was guys on top of guys raking turns casting since space was so limited. The biggest difference was the people at Whipple were not complaining about anything. SE was totally different. I felt awful showing up at Whipple so late but the fellow fisherman were kind at sharing their spot. We made new friends, some of which lived within 5 miles of us back home in SE PA. Although Whipple was packed and had almost no big fish to get excited about, the experience was so much more relaxed and enjoyable. Looking forward to next year!