Fishing

Pickerel in the Mist

by rob-choi
Monday, April 04, 2016
   Fishing
Monday, April 04, 2016
Rob Choi meets up with fellow Kokatat team member Drew Camp in his neck of the woods in search of bass and pickerel.

It had been nearly three months since my paddle pushed through the water. The forced hiatus, which may have allowed me to focus on many “grown-up” things, still felt like an eternity.

I met fellow Kokatat team member, Drew Camp in his neck of the woods in search of bass and pickerel. Even though it was wet and chilly, a perma-grin remained plastered on my face as I felt my kayak glide. And my cheeks didn’t get any rest because my first fish of the day was a VA trophy pickerel.

It was released to do that spring-thing and make the next generation. Afterwards, we caught several more pickerel but the bass were tough to come by. I had a few little ones but that was it. My best luck came on a spinnerbait, husky jerk, and square bill crankbait in 1-7 feet of water. Water temp was around 60-61 degrees.

Being able to check a citation off the list with my first trophy pickerel felt pretty awesome especially while juggling daddy-life, office duties, and trying to get a house ready to put on the market.

‘Til next time, hope you all get on the water, and hopefully it won’t be too long before I get out too.

 
"My first fish of the day was a VA trophy pickerel"

PHOTO CAPTION
Trophy Pickerel on board / Rob Choi - VA Trophy Pickerel / Drew Camp

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