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New England Pike - Being a Guide is Rewarding!

New England Pike - Being a Guide is Rewarding!

Dan with his first Pike on the fly! He worked is tail off and it paid off! Esox fishing is not always rewarding and has it’s ups and downs, keep casting and stay positive. Pike fishing here in New England is really heating up right now, water temps in the 60’s and days getting shorter! Hiring a guide to up your game and learn as much as you can pike fishing or musky fishing, can be worth it!

I am off to Wisconsin next week until Nov 1st 2019, it is going to be a fun fall! I still have open dates for early November here in CT for pike trips!

Pike Fishing Connecticut

Pike Fishing Connecticut

Fishing is on!! Water temps just under 70, days are getting shorter, pike fishing here in Connecticut and the northeast is on! September is going to be a great month on the water! I still have a few open dates before I leave for Wisconsin to Musky guide!

Jeff landed this beautiful pike recently! Whether fly fishing or spin fishing it is on! Always handle them with care, on my homepage is a link for all the tools necessary for a healthy catch and release for esox!

Carp On The Fly - Connecticut

Carp On The Fly - Connecticut

Catching Carp On The Fly is EPIC! It helps to hire a guide! As the water temps are cooling Carp are definitely getting more aggressive and eating well. This fish took about 6 minutes to land on a 7 wt, ripped across the river twice.

Fishing is on the verge of really picking up again here in Connecticut. With the cool air temperatures in the 10 day forecast, things are going to get fun! Reach out anytime for a guided fishing trip here in Connecticut.

Teaching The Next Generation - Connecticut Smallmouth! Bantam Lake

Teaching The Next Generation - Connecticut Smallmouth! Bantam Lake

It was an amazing day with this young man and his grandfather fishing a Connecticut lake! To see the ambition and focus was a thrill. To teach the next generation of fisherman catch and release and making memories is always something special to behold!

A beautiful smallmouth bass from Bantam Lake!

Carp on the Fly! Mid Summer!

Carp on the Fly! Mid Summer!

Here we are in the heat of July, and boy is it hot some days. Water temps are well over 75 and a little dangerous for the fish. PLEASE HANDLE WITH CARE! Get them in the water asap and handle quickly. Flows on the rivers have come way down and starting to fish for Carp on the Fly. If you have any questions or want to chat, reach out anytime! Happy Summer! - Pogo

Smallmouth Bass Connecticut!

Smallmouth Bass Connecticut!

Water temps are ranging between 71 and 75 this week, fishing has been good at certain parts of the day. Top water is exploding, pun intended! Please handle fish with care as the water temps rise this summer! Keep them wet! Looking for a top water guided trip! Reach out anytime!

Been Busy Filming and Guiding Connecticut

Been Busy Filming and Guiding Connecticut

It has been an amazing month of June, here were are on the 2019 Summer Solstice, and it would be hard to put into words what the amazing month June has been!

From Filming, ‘For The Love of Fishing, What Ties Us Together’ with some of the most amazing people, to guiding new friends and old friends, I am so grateful.

Fishing has been incredible, smallmouth bass and pike are both blowing up on Top Water! Pogo Pike and the gang has been knocking it out of the park. Water temps are around 68 degrees and fish are happy! To book a trip reach out anytime!

June 1st, Pike Great Bass Bite Getting Bettter

June 1st, Pike Great Bass Bite Getting Bettter

As the bass slowly coming off their spawn they are getting frisky and showing up more consistently each day! The pike, well, the pike are being cooperative and smashing flies left and right! We are only weeks, in my opinion from top water season!

Connecticut Smallmouth HOT!

Connecticut Smallmouth HOT!

April Smallmouth are on fire right now. As the water temps seem to be holding around 44 degrees here in Northern CT, the pre-spawn smallies are starting to show off. Small flies and a slower retrieve seems to be doing the trick.

Pike are post spawn for sure. We are seeing fish with commitment issues and smaller males right now on the regular. Water flows are up and down with snow run off and mother nature dropping rain a few times a week but the clarity has been holding strong! Have dates available if interested in a guided trip!

Connecticut Pike - Post Spawn

Connecticut Pike - Post Spawn

After being on the water the last few days, and a few friends who fished as well, we are starting to see some post spawn activity for pike here in CT. I believe they are just wrapping up or about to be wrapped up. We have been seeing smaller males being active, and even landed a nice female outside of the spawning area.

The warm temps this weekend should really help water temps and post spawn pike. Kate landed her first pike on the fly! It was a very exciting moment for Kate and myself watching here skills improve every time out.

Spring is starting to book up, if you are interested in a guided trip, reach out, would love to fish with you! Happy Fishing 2019!

Pogo Pike

Safely Handling Esox Video - Great Figure 8 Eat!

Safely Handling Esox Video - Great Figure 8 Eat!

Kate, Geoff, and myself put our hearts into the creation of this video. Plus, there is an epic figure 8 boat side pike eat that you don’t want to miss!

To Safely handle pike and musky, is so important for the longevity of the fish. As most of pike and musky waters are not stocked by the state, it is imporant to handle them with care and return safely to the water. If you feel inspired, take a look at my YouTube Video, I think it will be helpful, and if you enjoy it, please share with your friends! Thanks!

Fly Tying - Pike & Musky Flies - The Compleat Angler

Fly Tying - Pike & Musky Flies - The Compleat Angler

It was a fun day Saturday at the Compleat Angler Fly Shop in Darien, CT. Scott and Bob are great guys and the fly shop is second to none. Has everything you can ever need for gear and fly fishing. It was a fun day meeting new people, sharing my passion for big flies. I hope to come back next year and will definitely be a regular at the Compleat Angler in the upcoming season.

Pogo Pike in Florida - Barracuda

Pogo Pike in Florida - Barracuda

We had a great time in Florida fishing the flats for toothy critters. Water temps didn’t cooperate for bone fish and permit. but site fishing for Barracuda was a blast! Lightening fast and fought like salt water fish do, burn your drag and test your skills!

Happy Winter all! -Pogo Pike

Connecticut Northern Pike. On New Year's Eve!

Connecticut Northern Pike. On New Year's Eve!

Kate and I got on the water for one last hooray for 2018. Air temp was 39 so we took advantage of the day. We were able to land one Northern Pike on the Fly! Here is to an awesome 2018 and even better 2019! Can’t wait to see what the New Year Brings!

Thank you everyone and every fish making 2018 Special! Follow me on IG: Pogo_Pike

Pogo Pike!

Pike in Connecticut - Still Decent!

Pike in Connecticut - Still Decent!

We are still getting out there, picking days the air temps are decent and the river flow is fishable. The rain today wont help the flows but water temps for sure. We got this one yesterday, water temps were 32.5 degrees but flows were a little above average. We made the best of it! A slow retrieve is key!

Happy Holidays! -Pogo Pike

Why Knot Fishing & SVS Fishing Podcast

Why Knot Fishing & SVS Fishing Podcast

Last week I attended and sponsored a 1/2 day guided trip to support our Veterans at a Why Knot Fishing Event in CT. It was a great time for a great cause!

This Sunday, December 2nd, I will be a guest on the SVS Fishing Podcast, we will be talking musky, pike, and guiding topics. I can’t wait! Here is a link to their website: https://svsfishing.podbean.com/ They have had some great guests on over the years, a ton of info.

Now lets talk fishing quick, the Housy here locally has been fishing well for trout, despite the constant up and down flows. A friend got into 15 fish last week. There is a solid window this weekend through Monday. Going to get out and pike fish and guide. Air temps look good and flows should drop by then, no major rain in the forecast. As the kids say, Tight Lines!

Rain Go Away - Connecticut Fishing Guide

Rain Go Away - Connecticut Fishing Guide

After being back in CT from musky hunting in Wisconsin, we are just waiting for the flows to get back to somewhat normal levels. CT seems like Seattle this fall. The rain forecast for the next 14 days seem manageable.

The water temps are still good, high 40’s low 50’s. We are going to get some chilly weather next week however, it seems to creep back up the following week. If levels recede it should be good for the last few weeks of November. As long as you can dress warm and deal with low 40 degree air temps.

Stay tuned for some November fish pics.

Musky Boot Camp

Musky Boot Camp

Another fall in Wiso hunting musky on the fly is never boring, Hard work, discipline, and grinding everyday can pay off. Hence, the fish here. I got my personal best musky on the fly. It was an epic experience with a good friend Dan Daly.

Guiding has been hot as well. I spent the last two days with fishy dudes from Maine, we boated 5 muskies in 2 days. Water temps around 48 now, but under a cold snap and high water. I hoping the second half of October is just as fun and rewarding as the first half.

Tight lines to all!

Pogo

It's Go Time!

It's Go Time!

It is game time my friends! The playoffs! Water temperature is dropping nicely, more cool weather in the forecast, shorter daylight hours, bigger pike are starting to get more active. Although I am going to miss the top water summer smallmouth action I am ready to hunt for big pike and musky.

This is my last full week in CT, 4 guided trips coming up, then driving 20 hours west to northern Wisconsin to guide and fish for musky with some amazing friends. I will try to blog a few times while out in Wisco. Happy fall everyone and remember, don’t fish where they aint ;)

Another Boat As An Option - Stealthcraft Hooligan

Another Boat As An Option - Stealthcraft Hooligan

Follow me on IG at Pogo_Pike It is always an exciting time when your new boat arrives! Last month I added another Stealthcraft to our repertoire, the Stealthcraft Hooligan! https://www.stealthcraftboats.com/?page_id=1108

After a month of using the Hooligan, I am completely in awe of how it performs. A good friend and fellow guide said, "for a small boat if fishes big". I have taken it down the skinniest of water with 3 people, loaded it in the bed of my truck, brought up and down river banks, with the little effort. 

We now have two Stealthcraft boats, the 16 foot Power Drifter Jet Sled, and the Hooligan regular. If you have any questions or in the Northeast and would like to test of our my boats, feel free to reach out. 

The Stealthcraft Hooligan opens up so much water most people can't float or get into areas a typical drift boat can. I am excited to have this as an option for new water and old water! 

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