The Scenic View at Tower Road

Early this week I decided to take a detour at the top of the mountain and see the fall colors from the look-out on Tower road.  I wasn’t disappointed.  To get there, turn off route 30 at the Mountain House and head north on Augwick road toward Cowens Gap Start Park.  About a mile back you’ll see a dirt road bear off to the right, which is Tower Rd.  Take that road and travel about a mile and half to reach the lookout.  Just before you arrive, you’ll come to a fork in the road – you can go either way because it is just a loop at the end.    About halfway around the circle, park on the side of the road and walk to the edge of the cliff to catch a nice view.

Landry hauls in a big catfish

Last Friday Elijah, Landry and I decided to take the boat out on the Juniata to see if we could catch a stringer full of panfish.  Of course, while we were out there, we’d stay a while after dark and see if there were any catfish around.  As it turned out, the bluegill and rock bass were not cooperative.  The bite was slow and the fist were mostly too small to be worth taking home.

Once it got dark, our bad luck continued with a number of dinky bullhead catfish.  Then Landry’s rod bent over.  By the time he got it up to the boat several minutes later, we knew it was a good fish.  It turned out to be a 25.5 inch channel catfish, probably 7 or 8 pounds. After years of fishing the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, my personal best catfish there is still just 24 inches, so Landry did pretty well for his second time out for catfish on that river.

Camden’s First Catfish @ Dam 5 on the Upper Potomac

Last Friday morning I took Landry and Camden down to Dam 5 on the upper Potomac River.  The goal was to give Camden the opportunity to catch his first channel catfish.  As usual, I had my camera on the tripod with the goal of making a video to remember it all by.   On the first goal, we were successful.  After pulling in a couple of very small catfish of 6 and 8 inches, he landed one about 18 inches long.  Not huge, but decent for this section of river and by far the largest fish he had every pulled in.

However, all the video I captured had a major problem.  I had the  audio levels adjusted improperly on my new wireless mic, and all of the sound had severe clipping and distortion.  Thankfully, I didn’t discover that problem until last night, so at least the disappointment didn’t diminish my ability to enjoy our camp-out on Friday evening.

Nevertheless, I’m still seething about the whole thing.  I’m hoping I can throw together some clips, put some background music and narration to it, and have something to post here in the coming days. It won’t be as good as it should have been, but hopefully it will be something to remember it by.  The most important thing is that the boys had a blast. Landry caught a couple of nice catfish as well.

EDIT:  Here’s the result of my efforts to make a video without including the recorded audio.

Camping Along the Juniata River

We had a great time this weekend tent camping along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River near the town of Hopewell.   Landry, Camden, and I had camped at the same location for a night last year, but this time the whole family went.  We were also joined by Seth & Jennifer Elliot and their family.  My only complaint was that it wasn’t long enough.

We got there in time for some hot dogs over the fire on Friday afternoon, and then some of us took a canoe upstream to my favorite fishing spot.  Landry and I did the majority of the fishing.  Between the two of us we pulled in about 25 bluegill in an hour or two.  That made for a great bedtime snack after we got back to the campsite.

We headed for home after breakfast the next morning.

Fishing for catfish on the Susquehanna River below the York Haven dam

Last night and this morning I took the boat out at the Falmouth boat launch below the York Haven dam. Elijah and Ben were along as well. We ended up with six fish total: I got four, Elijah two, and Ben got skunked.The two flatheads caught by Elijah were the largest at 6.5 pounds each. Pretty much all the action came on cut bluegill – not much on chicken liver or live bait. The water leave was about 4.2 on the Harrisburg gauge.

Golf for the Red 2014

It is hard to beat hunting and fishing, but another way to enjoy the great outdoors is to spend some time on the golf course. On Thursday of this week I played in the “Golf for the Red” Red Cross benefit tournament at the Whitetail Golf Resort. It was a new experience for me. I’d been golfing only a two or three other times in my life, and the most recent outing was several years ago. It turned out to be great fun even though there was a little bit of rain to deal with. Golf is a pretty expensive hobby for my blood, but I might have to get out the clubs a bit more often in the future.

Hiking the Kerper Tract

The Kerper tract is a parcel of the Buchanan State Forest located near Big Cove Tannery. It has two hiking trails, one easy and one difficult, that will keep you occupied for a couple of hours.  There are also some picnic tables and a charcoal grill if you want have a picnic or cookout. Cove Creek runs through the Kerper Tract and is a great place to fish for trout. Click the video at right to learn more.

A good morning on the Juniata

On our previous fishing trip to the Juniata River, Elijah caught most of the fish. But I got revenge last Thursday morning when we went after some catfish. He pulled out three bullheads. I got two suckers, one bullhead, and three channel catfish. The largest were 22″ and 24″. Not huge, but also not bad for this section of the Juniata. The other good thing is that most of the action came in the daylight so I was able to get some reasonably good footage.