A typical day fishing with Clancy:

My day begins at 3 am each morning, several hours before the fishing guests are ready to board the boat.  I usually already have my boat in the water but there are times that I bring it from home and launch it at Thunderbird Resort. 

Once I arrive at my boat, I begin the process of catching the bait which is usually  shad.  In most cases the objective is to catch from 70 to 100 striper sized threadfin shad (4 – 6 inches).   We want good healthy live bait for the best fishing.  This is more work, but it is very effective and is the best way to get the bait.

Getting ready to catch the bait, I clear the front deck of rod holders; bring the cast-net and 5 gal bucket up to the front deck, dip the bucket full of lake water, start the water pump to fill the live well and turn on the aerator, throw in a couple of handfuls of salt, which helps keep the shad alive and neutralize the acids produced by the shad’s excretions

I then put on my headlamp, raingear and rubber boots, turn on the rear deck light, start up the motor and head to the lighted docks and back of the coves where I will be looking for the shad.

When I have found a good spot, I throw the net and let it sink to the bottom and then drag it back into the boat and hopefully catch some of the big baits I am looking for.  It sometimes takes as few as three casts of the net, and sometimes it takes three hours of casting the net at several different locations. It is easier to catch the shad while it is still dark because they head for deeper water in daylight, in most cases.

After catching enough bait, I then return to the dock and put things back into place, scrub the boat to make it all pretty and clean again.   I re-rig the rods and ready the boat for the day of fishing.

Now I am ready for the fishing guests to arrive.... 

As the guests arrive, I show them where to park in an appropriate area near the dock.  Just before we leave the dock I go over safety items and let them know what the basic fishing plan for the day is going to be.

Now we are ready to do some fishing....

When we arrive at the first destination, I will go over all the steps of the fishing procedure, getting a bite and landing the fishing.

Depending on where I caught fish last, will usually determine where we go first.  Normally we will drift live bait with the wind.  We will work the area for no more than an hour, usually less, and if there is not enough success we will move on to another of my favorite areas.  We will continue this process in different areas of the lake until we find the feeding fish we are looking for.  Then the fun really begins!

Usually the guests bring a sack lunch and their drinks and eat while fishing.

Photos are taken while people are catching the fish.

Once we are finished with the trip, we return to the dock..... 

Usually the guests want more photos of their catch. They have had a fun day and want the photos to remember their day fishing on the lake and to show their friends.

When record fish are caught, the fish are weighed, photographed and recorded in the books.

After the photos, my work of filleting the catch and bagging them for each of the guests begins.  The end of the day is a special time for everyone.  We have had a lot of excitement and fun, made new friends, and now they get to take their catch home with them.


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Clancy's Fishing Guide Service

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