Wednesday, September 22, 2021

All in!

Bill and his crew have been out with Legends Outdoors in the past and decided to give it a go again out on Lake Wallenpaupack.  The five men took some time away from their busy schedules and got together for this trip on a nice summer day.  They were "all in" on going for big fish from start to finish and that is just what they did!  The local group set out on a mission and the bait was set out as they settled in for the day.  The jovial spirit of these men didn't take long to show itself as there was plenty of great conversation and laughter throughout the day.  The action would be very good on the live bait as there were plenty of strikes to go around for the group during the outing.  The group hooked into two stripers that peeled drag and made plenty of power runs before being worked into the net for a few photos and then released back into the depths of the lake.  Also caught on the day was a rare catch in a northern pike that also and was greeted with a photo before being released.  The action also included several plump perch totaling about a dozen that were harvested.  Rounding out the catches were some smallmouth bass and a few other panfish that were caught mixed in when the anglers started throwing some Keitech Baits around later in the outing.  All of those fish were also released back into the scenic waterway.  Brought along for some good nourishment were subs made by the Zaleski's establishments that have some very good food indeed.  The group also brought along some nice cool beverages to compliment the subs on this memorable day.  It was quite a day for these five friends and we look forward when the group gets back together in 2022 for another Legends Outdoors adventure.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Bill and Joan

Returning clients Bill and his wife Joan went out for a summer outing recently with Legends Outdoors.  The day was a beautiful sunny one with barely a cloud in the sky and a very light breeze.  The happy couple like to fish many a local waterways as they are very much into fishing as well are very much into antique cars.  They traversed about the scenic lake casting away with Keitech Baits in a variety of depths with very good success.  It was a blend of perch, bluegill and smallmouth bass that came aboard and some of those smallmouth bass were hefty ones that posed for photos before being returned to the waterway.  Amidst the conversations about their other hobbies of gardening and canning along with making their famous zucchini bread, Bill hooked into a striper that gave him quite a tussle on the light line as so often they like to make power runs and often pull free or break one's line, but Bill played it out carefully and brought it to the net for yet another nice photo.  The day was really awesome overall as they had snacks and enjoyed the sunshine on their shoulders and went under the canopy for shade when they wanted to rest a bit.  Bill and Joan live life to the fullest and we were happy to have them back out with us on Lake Wallenpaupack for yet another Legends Outdoors adventure.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Behemoth Bronzeback Bonanza

Mark along with his family of Cassie, Julia, Donny, Nathan and Joanne took a summer fishing trip out on Lake Wallenpaupack with Legends Outdoors.  The returning client and his family climbed aboard the pontoon boat with high hopes, but they would have no idea they were about the set a new mark for a Legends Outdoors fish caught.  They started out for a while with live bait in search of a striper or another giant of the deep without success, but they were not deterred in the slightest.  They would then switch tactics and roll shallower with topwater and Keitech Baits.  The topwater would produce a few nice smallmouth while the Keitech Baits would do the majority of the damage.  Mark would hook into a giant smallmouth on the Keitech as it would pull drag and try aerial assaults.  He would battle the big bronzeback and carefully work it towards the net.  He would land a 21.5" 5# 2oz. behemoth that would set a new benchmark for Lake Wallenpaupack and smallmouth bass as it was the biggest ever caught to date with our guide service.  It didn't stop there as the group caught good numbers of fish including several other really nice smallmouth bass and a really long pickerel that was 28.25" in length!  It was a perfect storm type of day almost literally  as it was right before Hurricane Fred was prepping to arrive in our area.  The family enjoyed nice cold beverages and snacks as they joked, laughed and fished about the lightly wind swept lake.  A fun time was had by all and we were glad to see Mark back again along with his family and we look forward to their return for another Legends Outdoors adventure.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Opening Act for Peter and Bernadette

Peter and Bernadette were visiting the Poconos from their home in New York City and decided to do some fishing on scenic Lake Wallenpaupack to kick off their vacation.  This couple had a scorcher of a day as it was one of the hottest days of the entire summer as the heat index was very high.  They got an early start and headed out on the water in the coolness of the morning though in search of the fish that swim below.  The recent rains had the lake level very high for this time of year as they went right to the Keitech Baits to pursue their quarry.  The action was decent most of the early morning and then Peter and Bernadette really learned a valuable lesson on shade and sunlight and how it effects the behavior of the fish.  Pin point casts became much more crucial as the sun's rays beat down strongly on the lake warming the water rapidly.  They would catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and a variety of panfish on the day as they caught some good numbers despite the very challenging conditions.  Peter also hooked a giant pickerel that he battled for a bit before it made a power run and turned in a different direction severing the line with is sharp teeth. They spoke about many of their experiences in the fine arts field that they work at in New York and how they met back in college studying the same course.  The happily married couple also seen plenty of wildlife and enjoyed exploring the lake as well as the Wallenpaupack area during their visit. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Do Fish Read?

Many an article will state how much northern smallmouth bass feed on/are more active on sunny days.  Do these fish read these articles is the question at hand.  Legends Outdoors regulars in Tony and Danny would put that theory to the test on an August outing on scenic Lake Wallenpaupack.  The mission starting out on this hot summer day was to go for stripers early on and move on from there.  The stripers would have no part of their offerings, so the Legends Outdoors faithful went on to plan "B" and went for smallmouth bass.  It didn't take long for this father and son duo to get into them and several hefty ones would be battling on the ends of their lines.  It wouldn't be a day of big numbers, but the size was good as they used live bait and Keitech Baits to catch these beautiful bronzebacks.  These avid sportsmen had plenty of good conversations about many topics and Tony brought along his traditional pizza that he gets from location unknown, but it is top notch indeed.  All of the fish were released that were landed on this day and it makes you wonder with all the nice smallmouth bass caught in these conditions....did the smallmouths follow the script of the books and magazines as written?

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Family Fun in the Sun

Mike and his son Jay are Legends Outdoors regulars several times per year both open water and ice-fishing alike.  The summer of 2021 seen them take along the family also including Carol, Ben, and Alex for a pair of trips on the pontoon boat.  Both days were nice summer days with decent weather.  They fished with a combo of live bait and Keitech Baits on their outings mixing it up both shallow and deep with their offerings.  They were awesome family outings which included a shore lunch on one of the islands of Lake Wallenpaupack on the second outing which consisted of fried panfish that were caught on the first adventure and some side dishes to boot.  They also did some swimming and had plenty of great conversations and tales to tell.  They would catch a variety of panfish, smallmouth bass, and pickerel during their excursions.  We were glad to have Jay and his family out with us again yet again and we look forward to hosting for many adventures for years to come.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Dog Days Delight

Marty brought along his crew two years ago on a pontoon boat trip with Legends Outdoors.  Now a pair of August's later, they were back at in on scenic Lake Wallenpaupack.  A hot and stagnant day was the setting for the group as they set out on their voyage.  They went right for the gusto out of the gate and went for stipers as the bait was set our for these lunkers of the deep.  About two hours passed without a taker, so they adjusted and went to the second leg of their plan and moved on.  It didn't take long for the fish to hammer the bait and smash their Keitech offerings.  It was a barrage of perch, bluegill, smallmouth bass and pickerel that this group hauled in on the flat waters of this Wayne County Lake.  Some of the smallmouths went air bound as they leapt with great power and spirit as they tried to shake the hook free from the anglers.  Marty's Crew brought along some tasty sandwiches and cold beverages to keep themselves cool on this hot summer day.  All in all it was a great day and we hope they enjoyed the rest of their stay in the area and look forward to seeing them back again for another outdoor adventure.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Big Bass then off to Class

For many years now "Legendary Jack" and his father Glenn have been coming out fishing with Legends Outdoors.  He started out way back when he was in grade school and has grown into a young adult right before our eyes.  He will soon be off to Georgia Tech to pursue his educational career and we wish him the best in that endeavor.  His family typically comes up to the Poconos for a vacation and stays at Woodloch Pines for several days.  This August day Jack and Glenn would have a very comfortable day to fish as there would be a slight breeze and a nice morning coolness to the day as they displayed their Legends Outdoors attire.  They bounced around the scenic waterway probing with Keitech Baits in search of the fish that roam beneath.  Jack would hook into a slammer largemouth bass that he played out carefully before landing it and taking a photo with it.  Just look at the vibrant colors on it and the smile on Jack's face...priceless.  They landed some smallmouth bass also with some being good quality size too making it for a day of quality not quantity.  Glenn brought along his famous subs made with top quality meats and buns as he typically does.  The father/son duo had a spectacular time and we appreciate their continued loyalty coming back with us year after year and once again wish Jack all the best with his educational pursuit.  

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Testing New Waters

Legends Outdoors regular, Jim was back at it for a solo mission in August.  Jim was up for the challenge of getting out to a new body of water he had not yet been to in scenic New York State.  The day would be a perfect setting for Jim as the overcast skies and rain that fell early on may be the kind of day that some would shy away from, but Jim relishes in this type of weather.  The lake was low exposing much of the shoreline cover, so Jim probed and prodded mostly off shore locations to try and unlock the puzzle of the lake.  After a slow start, Jim would pick and peck away at the fish that resided in this lake by trying a variety of baits and presentations that is very typical of his approach.  He never lost confidence or faith that he would have a successful day and that is exactly what happened as he landed some largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, a nice pickerel, a humongous pumpkinseed, some perch, rockbass, and a lot of longear sunfish.  Jim also brought along his typical Wawa sandwich and Twizzlers to keep him fueled for the day while his AFTCO raingear kept him warm and dry.  Jim thoroughly enjoyed himself and savored the challenge of testing new waters.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Generational Jaunt

Dennis along with his son Jason and grandson Duffy were back at it with Legends Outdoors with a summer adventure aboard the pontoon boat.  The game plan was to take some time early on to go for stripers and then proceed to casting.  The men set out with a solid game plan on a hot and sunny late July day.  The rods were put out with live bait and the waiting game was on.  Some conversation rolled off their tongues as the anticipation built waiting for that tell tale strike.  The moment arrived as one of the rods got a vicious hit and soon the hook was set.  The rod buckled and a battle ensued.  There was no doubt what was on the other end as the drag screamed with a sense of urgency.  The fish was played out and worked into the net and a striped bass just under 13# was landed!  The three generations posed for a photo before releasing the fish back into the waters of Lake Wallenpaupack.  The fished about for some more with bait and one of the rods went off as Duffy hooked into a nice smallmouth bass and battled it to the boat.  One of the other rods also received a hit at the end of the battle and the men encouraged him to go for that one also and he would double up as he went back and forth with another nice smallmouth bass.  Those two bass posed for a quick photo and were also released back into the depths of this legendary lake.  The anglers were feeling it on this day indeed!  They would eventually get to some casting with Keitech Baits as they shut down the bait approach.  Dennis also brought along his traditional hoagies from the famous Taylor Deli which the group enjoyed immensely.  The perch bite picked up as they hooked into some good ones and a few more smallmouth bass mixed in.  The anglers seemed to just ignore the heat as they were having so much fun that it hardly fazed them.  All in all they caught a good mess of perch and smallmouth bass and of course the striper.  All gamefish were released and the perch were harvested for a fish fry.  Another great day out for Dennis and his family and we were glad to have them aboard again and look forward to their next adventure with us.