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Well, after doing all the errands we had to do before leaving, Ciara and I took off for the River. We went to Front Royal Canoe Company and paid a whopping $25 for a shuttle down to Guest State Park where we put in. Right off the bat we see a 15-16" smallmouth dart through about 4' of water under the canoe. We attempted to throw some baits at it but to no avail. I should've known better, I have never seen one dart like that and caught it. Drifting down river we instantly hooked into fish. Now the shenandoah river had a nasty fish kill last year, they say 80% of the smallmouth were killed off. Not knowing what to expect we started casting Mepps Spinners, I was using a Copper #1 Algia, Ciara was using a Pink and White Rooster Tail with a Chrome Blade. Both instantly produced. Although mine was producing 9-10" smallmouth (fishing with a 5' Shakespeare Graphite ultralite with 4lb test) Ciara's was producing large Bluegills. Both a blast on the tackle we were fishing with. I stopped counting somewhere around 25 fish and that was probably within the first hour of the trip. Ciara caught the first Slot Bass (12") on a Berkley Power Grub. She Was fishing with her Rooster Tail and managed to snag and lose it. So we rigged her with a Mepps Thunder Bug Dressed Treble. It also immediately started producing fish. Anything we threw at these fish yesterday worked, well except my Rebel Killer Crawdad. I pulled that out when we hit some deeper water and that didn't even get a bump. The wind was blowing up river enough to cut our fishing short and forcing us to paddle so we wouldn't be late to the take out. All in all a good day.
 

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yeah, it was beautiful Can't beat a day on the river......no place I think I'd rather be (without driving more than an hour) Saw tons and tons of Big cats too while I was out. 10-15lb cats under my canoe everytime we hit a deep hole....
 

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Yeah I'm sure it has. The shortest trip to saltwater for me is just over an hour. And that hour is conditional upon no traffic. So most of the time I end up fishing the rivers and lakes near me. I make the drive as much as possible though to get out on the bay or on the ocean. My problem is the MINIMUM 3 hour drive to the ocean.
 
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