The Functioning Fishaholics

Jul 092011

On Monday I dropped my digital camera in water after taking a nice fall off a log (How To Fight A Fish and Not Die).

Didn't look that dangerous...

My camera was completely soaked so I decided to give the rice trick a try.  You may have seen this used to fix a wet cell phone before but I wasn’t convinced that the rice trick would work for my camera so I put together this video for your viewing pleasure.

If you have dropped your camera, phone or GPS in the water you might want to watch this.

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As a fishing blogger it may be time to man up and plunk down some of my hard earned cash to buy a waterproof video camera.  The four cameras below are my favorites so far.

From left to right:  Kodak PlaySport 1st generation, Kodak PlaySport 2nd generation, GoPro HERO HD 960, and the Sanyo VPC-WH1


 Have you dropped your camera in water before?  Perhaps you’d like to buy one of the cameras above as a donation to this high quality fishing site.  Let us know in the comments below!


Jul 072011

Popped on over to one of my spots on the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek tonight for some after work fishing action.

Caught this nice rockbass at the East Branch

Rockin' It

I was able to pull three nice fish out of the East Branch tonight.  The Rockbass above was the last fish I caught and the smallest but was still a good size for a Rock Bass.

The Smallmouth Bass were biting at the east branch of the perkiomen creek

Smallmouth Bass were biting

This beautiful 13″ Smallmouth Bass was the first one I caught for the evening.  I keyed in to a strategy for catching Smallmouth Bass of this size the last time I fished this spot on the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek.  They love to hang out near the deeper quick moving water in the creek.  I found a great place with additional structure that seemed to be the spot.

Chunky Smallmouth Bass caught on the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek

This chunker put up a fight

This chunky Smallmouth Bass put on quite a show for the other fishermen who arrived while I was fishing.  I don’t know if it’s the water in this creek or what but the Smallmouth on the East Branch seem to pull like mules.


Catch any Smallmouth Bass lately?  Let us know in the comments below!

Jul 062011

When we last spoke I was too busy explaining how to stay safe while fishing to show you all of the nice Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass I caught while fishing in Unami Creek.

Smallmouth Beauty

Despite my best efforts at breaking my knee I managed to keep fishing after the accident.  The official fish count for my trip is as follows:

Bluegill:  2
Smallmouth Bass:  6
Largemouth Bass:  4

Are there Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in Unami Creek?  Heck yea!  All of the Bass I caught at Unami Creek that day were 10″-13″.  What a great trip!  Please enjoy my gallery below.


How are the Bigmouth and Littlemouth Bass biting in your neck of the woods?  Let us know in the comments below!

Jul 042011

There are certain rules that you need to follow when out in the wild.  Today I violated one of them and ended up with some pain, destroyed gear, a bruised ego, and a fish.

Hard Lessons


Violating nature’s rules often results in dire consequences.  I was lucky enough to just get hurt today.   I say “lucky” because a little pain and a good lesson beats a severe injury any day.

While fishing Unami Creek:  I hooked into a nice Largemouth Bass that was hiding under the roots of a downed tree.  I began the fight perched on top of what was left of the fallen tree.  Call it adrenaline, call it stupidity, but as I fought the Bass the excitement took over and I began to tightrope walk my way down the dead log.  Stopping about halfway I decided I wanted to get to ground level quick so that I could land the fish before I lost him.

With a tight line I crouched down on the log and started to put my right foot down into the water.  SPLASH!  It sounded like someone had just jumped into a swimming pool.  While the water below me could have only been two feet deep I suddenly realized that I was horizontal and something wet was rushing into my waders.

I quickly stood up and immeadiatly felt  a sharp rush of pain in my knee.  It must have broken my fall on the rocks below.  Another rush of pain, my elbow…  blood.  I was soaked from head to toe and sobbing like an infant.  Convinced my kneecap was broken I hobbled my way onto dry land.  At this point my thoughts were no longer on fighting the fish.  The fight to remain on my own two feet was my only concern.

Once I was sure that my legs were able to support my weight something else hit me…  My camera.


Now don’t get me wrong it’s not like I was sporting a Nikon D7000 here but still, that camera had shots of all of the other fish I had caught that day.  Memories that I can never replace (till next weekend).  I quickly pulled the batteries and memory card.  Water poured from the the lens of the camera.  Soaked.

While still a little delirious I walked around in circles trying to walk off a very painful knee.  I looked towards the water.

Blurry... Just like I remember it

There laying in a few inches of water was my fish.  He looked almost as shook up as me.  Forgetting my pain for a moment I realized that this fish still had my hook in his mouth.  He remained still and I wondered if somehow I had landed on top of him as he lay there motionless in the water.

I reached down, picked up the fish and imeadiatly noticed something,  AW CRAP HE SWALLOWED THE HOOK.  I gave the line a tug and like magic the hook slid sideways right out of his stomach.  I wondered if this fish had even been hooked in the first place.

Quickly I returned the Largemouth to the water and despite the pain I still felt from the fall I let out a little chuckle.  Somehow I still managed to land the fish.

Doesn't look that dangerous...

As I sat on the log trying to compose myself, I thought about how different this scene could have played out.  What if I banged my head on a rock and passed out face first in the water?  What if I had really broken my knee and had to crawl back to the car…

I realized that even with a ruined camera and banged up knee I had gotten off pretty easy.  If this would have happened at some of the other places I fish I might not have made it out.

I learned a lesson today and I hope you can learn it too.  From now on every time I fight a fish I’m going to make sure I’m tuned into my surroundings first.  Paying attention to where you are walking and what you are doing is the most important thing you can do while fighting a fish.  There will be lots of other fish but only one you.  Being aware of your surroundings can save your life!

Have you ever had a careless accident while landing a fish?  Let us know in the comments below!



Jul 032011
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Ok that was a little much.

I need a Catfish bait that is this cool...

Thinking a lot about Catfish lately.  If you look at the fishcount page you’ll see The Functioning Fishaholics have caught zero so far.

This has got to change.

What’s your favorite Catfish bait recipe?  Let us know in the comments below!

Jul 032011

While there are about 10 other awesome fishing reports I still need to write, this one is short and sweet.

I put my 2011 PA fishing license to good use last night on the Perkiomen Creek from about 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  While I was eating dinner I got the urge and decided to head out.  The Perkiomen Creek is almost across the street from where I live so it is often my choice for quick trips.

Lately I’ve been on a Senko kick and last night I was using a Gary Yamamoto 3″ Senko in red with silver fleck.  I’m trying to stick to a 3″ Senko for creeks since they are small enough to land the occasional Bluegill.  I’m rigging these with a #1 Gamakatsu g-lock worm hook.  The #1 hook is small enough to land Bluegills and other small fish %50 of the time but big enough to land larger fish consistently.

The bite on the Perkiomen Creek seems a little harder than it should be lately.  Last year around this time I was landing a lot of smaller Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill.  This year it seems like the numbers are down but the size is up.  I’m sure live bait would bring numbers but I’m really trying to stick to lures this year and so far I’ve caught enough fish to be happy.

11" Smallmouth Bass from the Perkiomen Creek

11" or so Smallmouth

The first fish I brought in was this Smallmouth Bass.  I didn’t get a chance to measure but compared to my hand I’d put this one at about 11″.  I’m convinced that the Perkiomen Creek holds some huge Smallmouth Bass but locating them is hard because most of the Creek is accessible only by boat and most of the water is fairly shallow.

Perkiomen Creek Rock Bass

Rock Bass at dusk

This chunky Rock Bass was about 7″ and put up a great fight.  I threw my Senko into a mess of flies that were hatching on the water and he was right there.  This was the first of two I would catch using this tactic.

Beautiful Perkiomen Creek Rock Bass

Beautiful Rock Bass

Who knew the murky Perkie held such nice Rock Bass!  This one was a little larger and chunkier.  I’m not used to Rock Bass fighting like REAL Bass so catching these two was a real treat!

Although I was fishing a fairly over fished stretch of the Perkiomen Creek, I was still able to pull out a few nice fish.  I’m going to mark this 1.5 hour trip as a success.


Have you fished the Murky Perkie lately?  Do you have a favorite spot I need to check out?  Let us know in the comments below!


Jun 192011
don't use pollywogs as bait

Too awesome for live bait

Tadpoles and frogs are just way too talented to be used as bait.  If you don’t agree check out the video below and prepare to have your mind blown by the powers of the pollywog!

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Have you or someone you love ever used a pollywog for bait?  Do you feel bad about it after watching this video?  Let us know in the comments below!

Jun 182011

Well I’m going to cut the suspense and show you the single moment of happiness for my day. Although we caught many Largemouth Bass at Marsh Creek today there was one special fish that (at least for a little while) will hold a special place in my heart.

Matt's Functioning Fishaholics Record Largemouth Bass

Matt's 20" Largemouth

The previous Functioning Fishaholics record Largemouth Bass was 18″ and was set by Jeff last year.  This 20″ Largemouth Bass from Marsh Creek is my new addition to the Functioning Fishaholics record book.  This fish is easily the largest one I’ve caught this year and is a great size for Southeastern PA.

This Largemouth Bass was caught on a 6″ Rapala original floater.

Jun 172011

Don’t worry folks I haven’t gone Vegan (again).  There will be more fishy goodness for YOU very very soon.

Until then enjoy this timely video goodness!

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Fishing 3:30am tomorrow morning.  Stay tuned.

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