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 Post subject: Brandywine River - August 7, 2006:
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:08 am 
First trip tubing down the river this year was unbelievable. Brought two of my nephews (Brian & Jimmy). Started up past Route 1 in Pennsylvania. I pretty much threw the Buzz Hammer all day. Brian (14) threw the wacky rigged 4 inch Salt Shaker Worm for about half the trip and then switched over the Buzz Hammer. Jimmy (9) stuck with the 4 inch Salt Shaker. Jimmy and Brian slayed on the Salt Shaker. Way too many fish to count - seemed like they got fish on almost every cast. Mostly smallmouth bass in the 10 - 12 inch range with a couple pushing 14 inches and Redbreast Sunfish (including quite a few large ones) with a few nice Rock Bass thrown in.

I started catching bass on the Buzz Hammer right away as well. Again, most of the fish were in the 10 - 12 inch range but the ratio of 12 inchers compared to 10 inchers was much higher and I had lots of fish that were between 12 and 14 inches. As far as big fish at the end of the day I had three 15 inchers and a fat 17 incher. All of the larger fish put on awesome arial shows with spectacular jumps. Pretty much got at least one strike on every cast but I am sure some of them were sunfish that just couldn't quite get the hook in their mouth.

After Brian figured out how to successfully use the Buzz Hammer he started whacking the fish and was in heaven. Catching fish after fish on a wacky rigged worm is one thing. Having bigger fish slam a lure on the surface is something else! He happened to catch his big fish (15 inches) at the same time I got mine (17 inches) so we got a picture of the double - something that doesn't happen too often when you are releasing everything you catch. Unfortunately, the camera is a disposable with 17 more exposures left.

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