Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 114: Hamburgers In Hamburg


The Pittsburgh...er.
When: Saturday, September 3rd, from 5pm to 6pm
Where: Kaercher Creek Lake near Hamburg, PA
What: Casting big spinners in hopes of catching a musky
Weather: Fair skies, 80-degrees, West wind less than 10mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.91 and steady
Moon: Day before 1st Quarter
Water Conditions: Fairly clear

I'm not quite sure how, but I found myself at a hamurger festival in Hamburg, PA yesterday.

It was fantastic.

Mindy was over for the holiday weekend, and along with Lindsay and I, we took a drive west for the day. After eating a few too many hamburgers, it was time to find a fishing hole in a strange land.

I knew absolutely nothing about fishing holes in Pennsylvania, but luckily I have a friend who does. I asked Lorraine of Haggerty lures for a few suggestions and she was happy to oblige. Thanks Lorraine.

One of her suggestions was a small lake with lots of shore access that has musky swimming in it. Sounded pretty perfect to me. Since it was also the place I had peeped on Google Maps that morning, I thought fate may have been working and that there was a musky in my future. That was not the case, but I caught a couple bass and more importantly, found a new place to fish.

Before we headed to Kaercher Creek Lake, it was necessary to obtain a one-day, Pennsylvania fishing license. Luckily, there is a Cabelas right in Hamburg. We stopped there for my license, and of course, a few "supplies."

If had known that I was going to like that little lake so much, I probably would have bought the annual PA license, which I think I'm going to do now anyway. The lake is perfect for shore fishing and it seems pretty perfect for ice fishing as well. In any event, I'm going to make at least one trip back in October as I'm hunting for musky.

This time, without out all the darn hamburgers.

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