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June 29, 2014

Day off offers chance for some kayak bassin'

 New York’s bass season opened last Saturday, June 21, which just happened to also be the first day of summer.

To me, summer and bass fishing are synonymous, but I don’t go about it like the average bass angler.

I keep things pretty simple.

A kayak is my main boat; although once in awhile I get out in a canoe, rowboat or even a true fishing boat.

But fishing out of a kayak requires a changeover in gear very similar to deer season, when I go from bowhunting, then to muzzleloader hunting and eventually to the regular deer (rifle) season.

I did very little trout fishing this spring. Ice-out came late and I got one outing in on Lake George and one on another lake. That was it.

Once turkey season came around, I spent my mornings chasing gobblers (to no avail) and my afternoons working in my gardens. Before I knew it, turkey season was over and the bass opener was fast approaching.

Now I’m looking forward to some bass fishing in the months ahead. My wife and I are avid campers and usually stay at state campgrounds in the Adirondacks, where I usually have no trouble finding a bass pond.

We’ve got a trip lined up at Rollins Pond, which is in the Fish Creek Ponds area and adjacent to the St. Regis Canoe area. There’s more blue than green on the map up over there and I’ve found some places where one has to work to get to, but you are usually rewarded with some decent bass fishing. And, you can always switch gears to trout if you like.

Gear-wise, my philosophy for kayak fishing is that I keep a small tackle box that has not only terminal tackle like swivels, sinkers and hooks, but also a few versatile trout lures that I can always use in a pinch. Otherwise, the rest of my gear is bass stuff.

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