A great weekend to be on the water

It’s a great weekend to be on the water.

But reality for me is that all weekends are great for fishing. Hot or cold, rain or shine, I’m hitching up the BassCat on Saturdays or Sundays. Luckily for me, sometimes I fish both days of the weekend, but only when I can spare the time from other important obligations.

It’s been a long, hot summer, and relief from the days of sunburn and sweat has arrived. That itself makes this a great weekend to be on the water. I can read between the lines, however, and the so-called “relief” is a signal our season is changing. That’s another great reason to go fishing now.

And so it shall be.

I’m fishing for bass this weekend at Berlin Reservoir. I was there last Saturday, checking out my favorite holes. More importantly, I looked for new spots so that I can eliminate most of the doubt I would have when I return to Berlin this weekend.

The scout trip was successful. In the few short hours my schedule permitted, I hooked up with six largemouth. Two were dandy specimens — one topping 4 pounds and the other just a few ounces lighter. My four other fish were more typical of the “keeper” size fish for which Berlin is known.

My work last weekend set the stage for my full day on the lake tomorrow. I will hit the water with confidence that I have eliminated places not likely to produce bites. I know there will be fish tomorrow near the locations they used last Saturday.

Confidence is a big part of fishing. When an angler believes he or she will catch fish, the results often are pretty darn good. When doubts creep into our heads, when we don’t feel right about the tactics we’re employing, then the results often match our expectations. Zilch.

We are on the cusp of the transition from the torrid heat and dripping humidity that marked most of this summer. Recent rainy weather and the shorter days are cooling the water. The fish are stirring a bit more with each passing day, looking for food during more daylight hours when we anglers are able to fish.

So with confidence in my preparation, I expect to succeed tomorrow. But even if the fishing is slower than I expect, it will nonetheless be a great weekend to be on the water.

Walleye pro’s clinic set

Professional walleye tournament angler John Csizmadia of Boardman will present his “Kids Fishing Clinic” on Sept. 12 at the seventh annual Big Bucks Rendezvous and Wildlife Festival sponsored by Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds in Lisbon.

The rendezvous and festival is scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12. Csizmadia’s clinic will run throughout the day Sept. 12.

He will introduce young people to basic fishing skills. As a special treat, the clinic’s kids can cast to targets from the deck of Csizmadia’s tournament-equipped Ranger walleye boat.

He plans to present every youngster with a prize and is seeking product donations. For more information about how to make a donation and gain sponsor recognition, contact Csizmadia at 330-881-0994 or e-mail him at john@jcfishing.com.


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