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I was really quite surprised that four of you said hello already, very much appreciated. I reread what I posted the other night and apologize if I came off the wrong way, didn't mean to do anything than to give you guys a summary, or background of my fishing experience. Not an expert here, just been fortunate over the years and have always felt that learning never stops. Most of you guys would probably put me to shame! We can learn something new from everyone we fish with.
When I saw the article in the "Everyday Sportsman," I was really quite surprised that there was an MI Chapter in the area, and as I perused the information, comments, etcetera on your web page, I was thrilled to find that you guys seem like a good bunch and know the importance of conserving such a phenomenal resource that we have.
A side note here; If any of you know the name of Homer LeBlanc, I have a letter from him from the mid-eighties with an original artwork piece of a musky he sketched. I didn't know him personally but in May of 1986 I had the pleasure of spending a week with Jerry McKinnis who at the time was producing his own show for ESPN, "The Fishin Hole." We fished Lake Wallenpaupack, the Susquehanna River out of Schaefer's Landing in Vosburg, Ford's Pond in Lackawanna County and even Keen's Pond in Waymart. Through Jerry, I was able to make contact with many of the greats and have many mementos that I treasure, including some of the famed older pioneers of fishing like Homer LeBlanc, Gaddabout Gaddis and Virgil Ward.
My family and I recently moved from Scranton to a new home a few miles outside of Scranton and much of my "stuff" is still packed away in boxes, but as soon as I can get to some of the "mementos" I will post a pic of Jerry McKinnis (wearing his loved St. Louis Cardinals jacket) and myself fishing the Susquehanna and perhaps a few more of the others if you like.
Let me ask a question here as I am not always the brightest star in the sky... By registering for this site I can enjoy the camaraderie of such a great bunch of fellow fishermen, but how does one go about becoming a member of your chapter? Like I said, for as long as I have been fishing I am still learning and I would love to pick your brains, especially those guys from Minnesota or Wisconsin?
Anyone with a question (and I know already that there is one guy asking about Lake Wallenpaupack) can e-mail me directly at the following: AAB126@aol.com, please use MUSKY as a subject line so I don't accidentally delete your mail, a lot of spam you know.
Also, would like some general info about the Delaware River as I haven't fished it for Musky yet but have fished it for smallmouth. I always thought the Narrowsburg area looked very good but have yet to try it.
Lackawanna State Park has some real bruisers and if anyone is interested I can give you a few spots to concentrate in, you seem like a group of guys who, like me, don't really want to divulge to the general public all the good information because of the consequences we all know happen when you do. I once took a guy who begged me to get him hooked up to a musky, I gave in but only after having him swear to me on his fisherman's bible that he would never divulge the spot to others. MISTAKE! Three weeks later I went to this area and it was like the Spanish Armada had invaded, never again! Felt like tracking this bozo down and practice flipping a 2oz. jig off his forehead for a few hours.
Another side note... Gouldsboro State Park. I was in high school, 37 years ago when a schoolmate and his dad found a 48" musky dead on the shoreline with duckling stuck in it's throat. Picture made the then "Scranton Tribune." I fished the lake a lot after that and still do on rare occasion to this day. Caught a fair number of fish there but it's basically a tough lake for them. On the right day you can catch one or two of them "basking" off the sandy point to the right of the swimming beach, there is a fishing pier on that point now.
Wow! I am going all over the place here again aren't I? It's almost like sitting with a thermos cup of hot steaming coffee on a cold morning in the boat with some good fishing buddies! I hope you guys don't mind too much that I tend to get carried away with my
Anyway, it's 4:47AM right now and the wife just came downstairs and gave me one of those looks wives tend to do when the old man spends too much time on the computer.
Thanks for the replies and for the great hospitality.
Hello AAB, My name is Fred Jones (sr.), I'm Chapter release chairman, (and father of Bob, the chapter president. I live in Blakeslee in the Poconos, not to far from you, and I, too, am retired. and would like very much to hook up with you somewhere to talk muskie and about the club.I don't have your experience,but have been at it for 7 or 8 years and I'm familiar with parts of the Delaware, and other local waters. Feel free to call me at 570-646-4355 any time if you're interested, althought I must say I'm sometimes hard to catch. (a moving target is harder to hit!) Fred
March 26, 2004
I was curious about your take on the Pack for muskies as well. According to the biologist for that region, it was never intentionally stocked with muskies. He claimed that the ones that get caught every now and then were illegally introduced. I guess natural reproduction may help out some, but it doesn't seem to work anywhere else in the state.
I'll drop you an email...firstname.lastname@example.org