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    Default Third Annual Trap Pond Outing -- Trip Report

    Six members of the resident old guys group (Harlan Budowski, J. Rentch, J.A. Veil, Dennis Roundy, newcomer Tom Sullivan and me) ventured to Trap Pond this week for 2 nights and 3 days of fishing.

    We were greeted Monday afternoon with gusting winds in the high 20s that caused us to do the sensible thing...sit down at the campsite and gorge on Royal Farms chicken and salads.

    Fortunately, the wind subsided between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. as if someone threw a switch. Out on the water each of us went to try our luck. I don't recall the specifics but I'm reasonably sure we all had decent pullage that night. John Veil reported a pickerel within 5 minutes of launching. That would set the tone as John became the pickerel master of the trip, catching far more picks than any of the other participants.

    My first fish turned out to the be the best of my trip. This largemouth hit a black foam popper in the back of the pond tight to shore:

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    That fish also set a tone. I primarily fly fished and mostly I used poppers. Each and every hit I had on the popper was subtle, including the good sized fish above. I caught four more bass in the 14 to 15 inch range and each barely rippled the surfaced as it sucked down the fly. That held for bluegills and crappies that also hit my popper. Like most fly anglers I like explosive surface hits. That was definitely not the case on this outing. I don't know why the fish were so subdued other than to think the extremely cool nights we had on Sunday and Monday lowered their aggressiveness.

    In any case, I did manage a fair number of bass, bluegills and crappies on surface flies, although the crappies were each very small:

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    Oddly, I could not hook a pickerel on the fly this trip. Normally, they attack poppers in May. John Veil was catching his on a small twister tail on a jig. Only when I tried the same method, biting an inch off the head of my 3 inch twister tail did I succeed:

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    We ate and drank well. In addition to chicken on the first night we had excellent brats with onions and peppers grilled by John Rentch on night two. Harlan brought wine and snacks for both nights. Dennis and Tom brought baked beans, watermelon and firewood. John Veil brought the all important coffee and pastries for breakfast for both days.

    And we had a freeloader. Here's John Veil discussing pickerel tactics from a local pond pro.

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    The same duck with distinctive head markings visited us last year. It was then that we learned he likes fried chicken. This year we learned he also likes Italian subs. In fact, there was nothing from our table that this duck would not eat.

    Here's Harlan and John Rentch relaxing after dinner, decked out in Snaggedline gear:

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    And here's Tom and Dennis on the water:

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    Dennis was fighting a nice pickerel in the above shot.

    So thanks guys for a real nice trip. We'll certainly do it again.

    Wait, there's more! -- John Veil and Harlan, even though they had their fill of pickerels at trap, decided they wanted to catch even more toothy fish. On Wednesday morning they headed to relatively nearby Ocean City to hunt down those chopper blues that others have mentioned here on Snaggedline. I know they had success and I look forward to their report and photos.
    Last edited by Mark; 05-17-2017 at 04:03 PM.
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    Great report and looks like you guys had a grand old time. Nice bass on the fly!
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    Would like to add to Mark's report on our annual Trapp Pond visit. If you have never been here, it is a lovely spot. Trapp Pond is a Cypress Pond located in Laurel, Del. It is a state park run by the Del. DNR. It is a typical pond with lots of open water, but also areas covered with Lily Pads ( these are just ready to pop open 2017-05-15 16.17.01.jpg

    This time of year the Cypress trees are pollinating, and the surface of the water verifies this in the early morning hours as the sun is rising over the trees. 2017-05-16 07.33.31.jpg

    My trip catch was not spectacular, but I did manage to catch a species that should not be there 2017-05-16 08.10.01.jpg. Probably some good hearted soul felt that the pond needed a new species.

    At the end of the day's fishing and meal, we would gather around the campfire and discuss our stratagey for the next days fishing 2017-05-16 20.32.15.jpg. All in all, it was a very enjoyable time, and good fellowship among folks- even those of use that fish saltwater most of the time. Thanks Mark for putting this together .
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    Nice outing gents... Great food, good friends and fishing too...

    That's good living guys

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    Glad you all had good time
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    It was an enjoyable two days. After our welcoming high winds, we had fishable weather the rest of the time. Mark mentioned that I had a hot hand on pickerel. I have never done particularly well on pickerel in Trap Pond, but they found my twistertails yesterday. I caught 7 pickerels with a 21.5" and a 22" fish.

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    sounds like good times... thanks for the report!
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    If your talking yellow perch shouldn't be there I believe they are native. I don't fish trap pond much but have pulled yellow perch out of there 30 years ago.
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    Thanks did not know that fact regarding Yellows. Will remember that fact.
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