A river rat’s kayak fishing trip down the W. Susquehanna river, by Joe Stauder

The fall feed is on in PA, and it creates great fishing opportunities.
Here is one of the Smallmouth bass I hooked while on a 10 mile float down the West Branch of the Susquehanna river, in my Wavewalk kayak.

I’m not much of a story teller but I stood up most of the time which allowed me to wing a crank bait out and run it through the deep water haunts where the breeders lay.

I had no need to stop, cause I could stand to fish and sit down to relax every so often. This is extremely important to me cause I have gone through three back surgeries and I need to be able to stretch out once in a while so I don’t get stiff.

There was a stiff cross wind blowing up river which would be a problem with any other kayak, but my Wavewalk tracked straight and true even in the cross wind.


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  1. fish kayak

    Thanks Joe,

    Nice catch!


  2. PackerYaker

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smallmouth so darkly colored.

  3. Fish Wiz

    I’d paddle ten miles for such a fish every day (if I only could)…

  4. John Fabina

    Nothing like a river Smallmouth…….one of my favorites!

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