Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Return To Black Lake......Part III, "Settling In Saturday"

The view from our cabin on Black Lake, on a calmer day.

When:Saturday, September 18th, from 3pm to 6pm
Where:Black Lake, near Hammond, New York
Weather:Cloudy. Windy as hell. 25+mph SW blow.
Moon:Waxing, 5 days before full.

After much anticipation, an early departure, a 6 hour drive and a stop at the Hammond Fair, Chris and I quickly checked-in at our lakeside cabin (check out and got right to fishing.

In addition to our modest, 2 bedroom cabin, we rented a 16-foot aluminum V-hull with an 18-horsepower engine. With our bags on our beds, we quickly headed out onto Black Lake.

Black Lake greeted us with a stiff wind.

Although I had plenty of spots marked on the map, they were going to have to wait. Most of the lake was inaccessible due to the breeze and whitecaps, so anything more than a short ride was out of the question.

We managed to make it to Woods Island and anchored on the Woods Island Shoals. The fishing was slow, but we did catch a few panfish and the largemouth bass that you see Chris holding in the picture. After getting blown off the shoal, we threw some lures in a protected cove before heading back to rest up for the next day. It would prove to be a day that I will never forget.

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