1971 Fishing Report Archive -- Fishin' with Rick Holt
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At some point in my childhood my dad and I began fishing together. I don't recall exactly how long ago it was when we got serious about our fishing, but by 1966 when I was 16 years old I began keeping a fishing log. What follows here is my sixth year of record keeping -- the 1971 fishing log. This was an abbreviated fishing year since on January 20, 1971 I left for Vietnam and didn't return till after Christmas that year.
1971 Fishing Reports
January 10, 1971
Broad Creek, ice fishing
Rick and Barry. Bought fishing license yesterday at Gail's. Got here about 11 am. Quite a crowd on the ice. Opened a couple old holes and started fishing. Then made a move to 2 new holes. I took a break for lunch and when I got back Barry had 13 fish on the ice. In the next hour I caught two crappies and Barry also caught a few. All together we had about 17 fish. Quit about 3 pm. Drove through susky park. River up. Some floating ice. Then stopped at Joppatown. Completely ice up. People skating on it. Saw guy with a stringer. Crappies and maybe a bass. Then stopped at Dundee. High tide and ramp clear. No ice near marina shore. Walked through woods to check out cove. Completely iced up.
Total Catch: 17 crappies
Dad and Rick. Noon to 2 pm. Sunny when we started but fog moved in and it got pretty chilly. Fished first cove to right. The one between the sandbar and Saltpeter Creek. Not too windy. Tide falling. Caught one small yellow. Bobber, dart and minnow. Hit sandbar coming back in. Fog real thick. Had to run shoreline.
Total Catch: 1 yellow perch
January 17, 1971
Broad Creek, ice fishing
Rick and Barry. 9 am - Noon. Wasn't as cold as I anticipated. Wind chill this morning was supposed to have been 9*F. Was supposed to leave at 4:30 but Barry overslept. Woke up about 7 am. Used station wagon. Had sled all fixed up last night. Made an ice fishing rod from the top section of that old Bell City rod which I had fixed up as a fly rod. Lots of people on the ice. Fished in just about the same spot we had our best luck last week. We caught 120 crappies. About half and half between us for a change. Barry made some hot chocolate. Milk boiled over twice because he was too busy catching fish.
Total Catch: 120 crappies
NO FISHING REPORTS FOR THE NEXT 11 MONTHS AS I SPENT THEM IN SUNNY SOUTHEAST ASIA. RETURNED FROM VIETNAM JUST AFTER CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR AND MANAGED TO SQUEEZE IN ONE FISHING TRIP BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.
Conowingo ramp cove
Rick and Barry. First trip since I returned from Vietnam 3 days ago. Tried out new fish locator. Found fish under bridge in second tunnel on right, but they were all small. Average 15-16' down in 25 ft. water. Windy and cold.
Total Catch: 6 crappies