Browsing Around Berkshire Township



Glacial boulder in downtown Sunbury
Glacial boulder in the Sunbury Square

Berkshire Township is home to some big rocks.

To be more precise, two of Ohio’s largest glacial erratics are located in or near Sunbury.  One is in the town square, supporting the statue of General William Starke Rosecrans.  The other is located three miles east of Sunbury on private property – all 200 tons are right where the glaciers left it over 10,000 years ago.

As with almost all of our townships, Berkshire has [Read more…]

Quit Worrying about Catching a Trophy

About an inch short of being a Fish Ohio Sunfish

About an inch short of being a Fish Ohio Sunfish

Jessie with a bass out one of our favorite farm ponds.

Jessie with a bass out one of our favorite farm ponds.

Yes I read a lot of fishing articles, and have found that most only concentrate on catching trophies. I started writing some articles of my own mostly on what works for me and my family. In that last sentence the last
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Take a Journey through Genoa


 

Sunset along Red Bank Road

Sunset along Red Bank Road

Delaware County History Abounds in Genoa Township!

Genoa Township has three listings on the National Register of Historic Places, and one is a mysterious archaeological site.  In 1879, Professor John T. Short explored two Indian mounds in Genoa Township.  In the 1880 History of Delaware County, an extensive record of the dig explains where they were and what they found, but today the Spruce Run Earthworks has [Read more…]

First Passport to Fishing Class

On the 5th of April it was a very chilly morning, about 17 degrees with the wind-chill to be exact. To my delight though I still had 14 kids show up for class. The kids that showed up sure were troopers; they endured the hour long class received some goodies, and then went on their way.

Trying to stay out of the wind

Trying to stay out of the wind

Getting registered

Getting registered

While enduring the cold the kids learned about knot tying, fish handling, casting, and also learned some information that pertained to the local area such as places to fish.
Jessie was heading up the casting station with some help form Mike. The little kids really had a lot of fun at the casting station. They spent quite a bit of time at that station practicing casting at hula hoops that were placed about 20ft in front of them.

Jessie teaching the basics of casting before they actually start casting

Jessie teaching the basics of casting before they actually start casting

They were so cold, but they all hung in there

They were so cold, but they all hung in there

Cold, but casting

Cold, but casting

Tim was teaching the fish handling habitat section with some help from Amanda. While at this station the kids learned the proper way to handle fish and learned about the habitat that the fish live in. We had to omit some of the demonstrations at this station due to the cold weather.

Learning about some fish handling with Tim and Amanda

Learning about some fish handling with Tim and Amanda

Elbert and Sharon handled the local information station and did a wonderful job. They taught the kids about the fishing regulations, the Fish Ohio program, and about how to identify local fish species. They also talked to kids about places to they are allowed to fish, and about the proper ways to ask for permission to fish on private property.

Elbert and Sharon at the local information station

Elbert and Sharon at the local information station

I taught the knot tying, and rigging station as windy and cold as it was the kids did a great job and were actually very attentive. They learned how to tie a palomar knot, and how to set up a basic fishing rig, complete with a bobber, hook, and a split shot.

Teaching the little ones how to tie a palomar knot

Teaching the little ones how to tie a palomar knot

Teaching the basic fishing rig

Teaching the basic fishing rig

All in all we had great morning and all the kids left happy they may have been cold, but they were smiling, which was what really matter to all my volunteers, and myself. I will be holding more classes, but I am going to wait for summertime to come along so we can enjoy some warmer weather, and actually be able to get the kids fishing after class. Thank you to all the kids and parent that came out and endured the weather with us to make Whatever Bites Fishing Club’s first Passport to Fishing class a success! Would like to thank Full Boat Baits, Norton’s Sporting goods, Mad Moose Baits, and ODNR for making this possible.
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Miles was the happiest kid ever couldn't take his eyes off his new fishing pole!

Miles was the happiest kid ever couldn’t take his eyes off his new fishing pole!

She was so cold, but she was smiling when she left!

She was so cold, but she was smiling when she left!

Happy camper

Happy camper

Concord Township: Set Sail for Scenic Scioto

Coyote at the Ohio Wildlife Center
Coyote at the Ohio Wildlife Center

Concord Township – Cross Section of America!

Even if you don’t dock your boat at the Leatherlips Yacht Club, you can still cruise down both sides of Concord Township in your stylin’ set of wheels.  Spring is the perfect time for a windows-down, radio-up kind of drive.

The Scioto River cuts right down the middle of Concord Township, flanked by state routes 745 and 257 on either side.  The community of Bellpoint is in the north, Rathbone is in the middle and Shawnee Hills holds strong in the southern part.  The Delaware County part of Dublin is at the southern tip. [Read more…]

Movie Review: Robocop (2014)

robocop-2014

Director Josè Padilha, that guy that directed those movies you’ve never heard of, has created a remake of a film we’ve all heard of… Robocop. This 2014 rendition stars actor Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, the only character to make it from the original to the remake… Obviously. This wouldn’t be much of a Robocop film without Robocop himself… Err, itself?

Anyways, there are a few differences between the films. [Read more…]

Tips for Big Bass in Early Spring

I like to fish for anything, and everything that I can possibly get to bite the end of my line. However over the course of the last few years one of my favorite pastimes has been getting out to some of my favorite spots for Largemouth right after the ice has melted off. The bigger bass move into shallower water to spawn in early spring, making them quite a bit easier to get your bait to. I have several tactics that I like to use in the spring to try and get the monsters to bite. It all depends on where I am fishing and how deep the water is. Initially, I like to cover a lot of water with deep diving crank baits fairly quickly. Usually it is in a bright craw dad type of pattern. Once I start to get a few bites I will slow down and start to work that area slower. I usually stick to 3 main kinds of baits in early spring, the diving crank bait, lipless crank bait, and soft jerk baits.

Caught on diving crank bait.

Caught on diving crank bait.

 

This is a diving crank bait in a craw pattern.

This is a diving crank bait in a craw pattern.

 

personal best largemouth caught on diving crank bait.

personal best largemouth caught on diving crank bait.

 

Lip less crank bait

Lip less crank bait

 

Caught on a lip less crank bait in about 1ft of water.

Caught on a lip less crank bait in about 1ft of water.

I am not a huge fan of lipless crank baits, but it is really hard to argue with the results they provide when working bass over in shallow water. The lipless crank bait starts to sink just as soon as it hits the water. I like to work them kind of slow in the shallow water making them look like bait fish in distress, 9 out 10 times the bass just won’t be able to refuse this offering. I do tend to lose a lot of lipless crank baits which is why they aren’t my favorite, but they are defiantly productive. The more you learn the water you’re fishing the less baits you will lose. That is just part of the fun that is fishing. My last mainstay bait in the early spring for me is a soft plastic jerk bait.

Soft plastic jerk bait, and how I rig it weedless.

Soft plastic jerk bait, and how I rig it weedless.

 

Caught on soft plastic jerk bait.

Caught on soft plastic jerk bait.

 

Another bass on the soft plastic jerk bait.

Another bass on the soft plastic jerk bait.

There are many times that I cannot get the larger females to bite.  I can see them just can’t get them to chase anything, when this happens I go to the soft plastic jerk bait rigged weed less. I love this set up because it can be worked very slow, and you don’t have worry about it snagging up when working around cover. I usually keep several colors of these baits in my box. If I am fishing in clear water I prefer to use a more translucent bait than if I am fishing in dirty or stained water.
I get asked how to know what color bait to use? The simplest answer that I have for this question is literally quite simple,. I try to stay with somewhat natural baits.  Match the bait that is swimming in the water, but also have bright colored baits, and baits that are black. If you are not catching anything on the color bait you are using, pull another color out that tackle box and keep on trying. I recommend only keeping maybe 6 different colors in your tackle box one of them will do the trick. Spend the time at the water, and one day luck will be on your side. You will catch a Delaware Monster!

As spring arrives keep those lines tight, and take your kids fishing!

Fishin’ Files- Sunbury’s up ground reservoirs #1 and #2

Not many people outside of local Sunbury residents even know that these reservoirs  exist. But rest assured I have the low down as I stumbled on to them this last summer through word of mouth and a little research. [Read more…]

Winter time Fishing Tactics

While I haven’t ever ice fished I do fish in the cold weather all the time. I always fish until the ice covers the whole lake, and even then I just head to river where I can almost always find a nice little hole to fish in the middle of winter. [Read more…]

Fish Ohio Great Way to Recognize Anglers both Young and Old

Kaleb
The Ohio Division of Wildlife offers a great program to recognize anglers for great catches in Ohio waters including private ponds; the only catches that don’t qualify are fish caught in pay lakes. The Fish Ohio program provides a hat pin and certificate for your first [Read more…]