Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 142: Pennypack Slam

When: Saturday, October 1st, from 10am to 12pm
Where: The Pennypack Creek near Philadelphia
What: Fishing with my dear friend, Gabriel Hnat
Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees, SW wind at 10mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.69in and steady
Moon: Waxing, 5 days after full
Water Conditions: River was high, but not too muddy

For those of you who have not followed this blog from the beginning, Gabriel Hnat was the person responsible for giving me a start as an outdoor writer when he hired me to assist him with the products section for The New Jersey Angler Magazine. I will never forget the 2-hour conversation we had that culminated in him bringing me on board. Since that time, I've had many wonderful experiences being a part of the tight-knit Norhteast fishing community and I have him to thank for all of it. Since the time we first spoke, he's been a huge help to my career, a mentor and a close friend.

So, when I made plans this weekend to go fishing with him for the first time, needless to say I was pretty stoked.

Seeing as I was going to be near Philadelphia for a wedding (Congrats Gina and Mike!!) and had Saturday morning to myself, I could not think of a better way to spend my time down there then to fish with Gabe. I left from our hotel in West Conshohocken and made the drive to his hood in Philly with the intent to fish the stretch of the Pennypack Creek he's been fishing his whole life.

I felt honored.

We tossed small spinners, topwaters and most successfully, Haggerty Lures ( jigs and picked away at panfish the entire time we were there. I even scored myself a Pennypack slam consisting of a sunfish, rock bass and smallmouth.

I could have stayed all day, or all week for that matter, talking about fishing, writing and lures, but I did have that whole wedding thing to go to. That's okay though, because after seeing how much I enjoyed spending my time fishing with Gabe, it won't be long before we do it again.

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