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Real Namebill
Locationnew springfield
Biography & ThoughtsI am 53 years old and have only recently returned to my boyhood passion.It was my sons; Bradley, John and Richard, who reintroduced me to fishing. I, of course, would take them fishing when they were boys, but with my work and their other interests we found less and less time to fish together. I was hurt at work a few years ago and have not been able to return due to my injuries. My saving grace has been fishing. John bought a boat last year and we spent the summer to fall on the water with every chance we had. Fishing the Ohio River and the lakes of northeast Ohio. When the cold weather came and the fishing was to be put on hold till spring, he introduced me to Steelhead fishing. My first time was very productive. Using Little cleos on the Conneaut Creek, I caught 2 nice sized fish right of the bat. That's all it took. I was hooked.
I really haven't been out much this summer. I did go to Tennessee to visit Brad and Rich. The fishing there was crappie, and I don't mean the panfish. The weather wouldn't cooperate. It was 100+ every day. The water was almost as hot. Brad and I did find some cold water under the Wood Lake dam. There were stocked trout but, with all the algea in the stream, it was really difficult to get the bait to work right. Spoons caught it, spinners did, and even live bait was almost useless. Brad did get a nice channel cat and a brown trout that was hiding behind a discarded beer can. I finally nailed a smallmouth. All were released to be revisited next year. Poor Rich, all he caught was limb. (That's tree limb not "brim")
The cold weather is coming. I can't wait. Back to the creeks and rivers in search of the great Steelhead. If all goes well, I'll go this weekend. If not, then maybe next. In any case, I'll be out there.

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