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The New River

I just got back from a 2 day fishing trip on the New River. I went with 7 great friends. We had a great time. Each day was different. Our first day was cloudy with a couple of rain showers. The second was clear and blue bird skies. The first day the water level was about normal for this time of year with it being a little dingy. The second day the water was up over 1000 cfs and much clearer. We were mainly using crankbaits, but there were a few fish caught on topwater.  To be honest we had good fishing. We should have had great fishing but the fish were slapping at our lures and we loss 3 to 4 times more fish than we boated. Each of the 4 boats boated over 100 fish for the trip. Our biggest was a 19 incher caught on a buzzbait. For the most part the fish were running a little smaller that in the past. Most of the fish were in the 8 to 14 inch range. My biggest was a 17.5 incher. The bad news is my friend and outfitter will be closing his business in September. I am hoping one of the boat guides will take over the business. All I have to say if you ever get the chance to fish the New River DO IT. It has to be one of the best Smallmouth fishery’s in the country. The river is beautiful, running the rapids is unbelievable. Our guides

sure know how to control their boats. The first time you go down some of the high class 3 rapids with roller of 3 to 4 feet it will be exciting plus you will be a little puckered. All I can say is the scenery is worth the trip and the fishing is a super bonus. Thanks to Parker (My fishing partner) Robby, Coby, Tim, Sabina, Aaron and David (a great nephew). I just hope we can do it again. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.


New River West Virginia


Parker with a New River Smallie.

Fished 2 days over the weekend on the New River. To be honest the fishing was tough, but you can never have a bad trip on the New, The scenery is worth the trip and running the rapids is a blast. There were 6 of us that made the trip. Everyone had a great time. I have to give credit to Aaron and Sabrina, they kicked my butt again this year. Sabrina caught the most fish with her Zebco 33 and her Flukes. All of us had problems boating fish. I know I sure did. The fish were short striking and you would hook them and as you were reeling them in they would pull off. Parker who was in the boat with me count 12 fish I lost before I got one in. I would bet I loss some where between 150 to 200 fish, It became very frustrating for everyone. If you want a super trip give Dewaun Gilkerson a call at New River Outfitters. I promise you a great time. By the way I finished the trip with 66 Smallies. My biggest was 15 to 16 inches. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.