1972 Fishing Report Archive -- Fishin' with Rick Holt
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At some point in my childhood my dad and I began fishing together. I don't recall exactly how long ago it was when we got serious about our fishing, but by 1966 when I was 16 years old I began keeping a fishing log. What follows here is my seventh year of record keeping -- the 1972 fishing log. My records for this year end in April. I'm not exactly sure why except I know this was a turbulent year having just returned from Vietnam and I got my old job back at Sparrows Point only to be laid off again within a couple month. I worked a brief stint as a timekeeper at a chemical plant and quit that job to return to school in the fall and begin my college career.
1972 Fishing Reports
January 2, 1972
Late start because it rained this morning. Arrived at this place about 1 pm. It wasn't windy and just a little cold. It drizzled now and then. Couldn't find fish under the bridge. Found some schools drifting in cove. Average depth of fish was 10 ft. Seemed to hang at this depth no matter what the water depth is. Most of the schools were tiny fish. We caught about a half dozen about 8 or 9 inches.
Total catch: 6 keeper crappies
January 6, 1972
Rick and Dad. Creek iced up to right on far shore. Motor wouldn't start. Used electric motor. Went out to left along shore. Nothing. Came back to duck blind right across from marina. Had a few hits but didn't land any fish. Minnows and bobbers.
Total Catch: nothing
January 7, 1972
Rick and Dad. Launched about 10:30 am. Went to cove out past Mago Vista. cove iced in. Very cold. Got windy. Really rough wet ride coming in.
Total catch: nothing
January 8, 1972
Rick and Barry. Launched about 10 am. Low tide made it difficult. Went out to cove on past mouth of Saltpeter. Drifted with bobbers and minnows. I got one fair perch and Barry got 2 small ones. Went on land and had lunch and hot chocolate. Weather got nice and calm and sunny. Made one more drift. Broke shear pin coming out. Went to GEB inside wire where guy we met at launching ramp said there was a deep hole. Found it eventually about 4 poles from the end. Portion of weir is out too within 10 ft. of channel. Barry got one small bass here on bobber and minnow. I caught one white perch on minnow and split shot. Tide still out at end of day. Tough launch.
Total Catch: 3 yellow perch, 1 white perch, 1 bass
January 9, 1972
Rick and Barry. Launched about 11:30 am. Plenty of water for launch. Cloudy but not real cold. Wind from SE all day, light. Drifted in cove out past SP about 2 times without any luck. Then it started raining. Went over to sandy shore about 1/2 mile this side of government pier just past SP cove where we fished. Made some hot chocolate on Coleman and shot at bottles with BB gun. Rain kept up. Got very wet. Made one more long slow drift in SP cove. I gone one crappie on this drift. At end of drift Barry shot and sunk all our bobbers with the BB gun. Drifted out over sandy point at mouth of SP with minnows and no bobbers but not luck. Still raining headed in about 4:15 pm. Water temp 46-48*.
Total Catch: 1 crappie
January 11, 1972
Rick and Dad stopped here and fished from shore for about 1/2 hour. Water high because of rain yesterday. Lots of floating debris. Water temp 44*. Stopped at Lapidum Landing. Water temp 44* also.
Total Catch: nothing
January 12, 1972
Rick and Dad. Beautiful day. Moderate temps. Almost 60* and light winds. Fished cove past mouth of SP. Caught three perch here. Water temps. Cove 50*, Saltpeter 47*, GEB 56*. Caught a few yellows near blind directly across from marina just before dark.
Total catch: 6 yellow perch (small)
Rick and Barry made a few trips here and there this month without much luck.
March 4, 1972
Magothy and Dundee
Rick and Dad. Started at the Magothy. Then to Dundee. No luck. Water temp Magothy 46*. Dundee 48*.
Total catch: nothing.
March 5, 1972
Rick and Barry. Early start. Fished here (1) see sketch after walking route shown. Dart under bobber. Cast and retrieve. Built fire.
Total catch: 10 craps and one bluegill
March 6, 1972
Smithville and Chambers
Dad and Stan. Fished minnows deep under bobbers. Got half dozen good craps. Stan's brother-in-law was supposed to have gotten 90 here on Saturday. Also caught a few pike at Chamber's Lake.
Total catch: 6 crappies
March 7, 1972
Rick and Dad. Nothing at Smithville but one small perch in the afternoon. Left for a while and fished bridge over Transquaking River. Had some fast action here on small crappies, but really too small to keep.
Total catch: half dozen craps, 1 bluegill, 1 small yellow.
March 15, 1972
George and Dad. Behind fertilizer plant. Got yellows shown in the picture.
Total catch: 3 dozen yellows.
March 18, 1972
Dand and George and Mr. John fished bulkhead behind fertilizer plant.
Total catch: half dozen perch
March 18, 1972
Rick and Barry fished Unicorn for a while. No luck. Stopped to see how Dad was doing then went back in the woods and tromped through the mud. Caught a few perch and saw a guy with a big stringer full leaving. Also saw a guy get a few on grass shrimp.
Total catch: 4 small yellows
March 25, 26, 27, 1972
Shad Landing on the Pocomoke
Rick and Dad camping in F area in my new truck. No luck boat fishing. Got crappies fishing from pier. 2 days fishing netted about a dozen nice crappies.
Total Catch: dozen crappies
April 1, 1972
Rick and Dad. Under #2 bridge. Fish deep. Got about a dozen but only one nice one. Saw Roby Perkins fishing with Ed Fenton.
Total catch: dozen crappies
and the 1972 reports mysteriously end here....