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Smallmouth Bass on the Susquehanna with Eric
Eric is practically a neighbor. Actually he lives about 60 miles from me here in Pennsylvania, but we share a love of fishing the Susquehanna River for Smallmouth Bass. Judging by his photos, I think he is a bit more successful than I typically am, though.
My philosophy is when you find fishermen who catch more fish than you, learn from them. In this interview we do just that. We learn about his perspective on the condition of the River, some of his favorite lures and his new venture into tournament fishing.
GFN: Eric, you are from Selinsgrove Pennsylvania which puts you very near the Susquehanna River. How often do you get to fish the Susquehanna? And what do you like most about the fishery?
I fish the Susquehanna River about 4 or 5 times a week. This area is unique because of the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam, which is actually the longest inflatable dam in the world. I like that the dam makes almost two completely different fisheries above the dam and below the dam. Above the dam is what is called Lake Augusta, where you can boat up the west branch or the north branch. Below the dam is more shallow and faster moving water.
GFN: The Susquehanna River has gone through some highs and lows over the last 10 to 15 years. How would you describe the condition of the fishery in it's current condition?
I feel the River is as strong as it has ever been. The fish are very clean and healthy.
GFN: What are some of your other favorite Pennsylvania waters? And what makes them favorites?
I also fish in Penns Creek, Middle Creek, Faylor Lake, Walker Lake, and some other small ponds in the area. They all have a ton to offer to any fisherman.
GFN: You are a member of NationalProStaff.com. What should people know/consider when thinking about joining?
National Pro Staff is a community of fisherman that share their knowledge, pictures, and insight on gear/lures. It also it a great way to get recognized by companies that are looking to fill pro staff or field staff positions. It is a good way to meet new people and even people in your own area that like to fish.
GFN: What companies are you currently representing and why do you like their products?
Liquid Mayhem, Ardent Reels, GV Jigs, and Bass Militia Fishing Team. I use their products and I believe in them. Ardent puts out a great product that has never let me down. GV Jig Concepts are hand tied jigs made in the USA and they flat out catch fish. Liquid Mayhem has been an amazing company to be involved with and their attractant is the best I have ever used. The Bass Militia Fishing Team has put me in contact with some amazing people that I have learned a great deal from.
GFN: What is your favorite new (or new to you) bait for Smallmouth's this year?
My favorite "new to me bait" would have to be the Yamamoto Heart Tail, it has amazing action Texas Rigged.
GFN: What has the experience been like being an FLW BFL CoAngler?
I have just started fishing in the FLW BFL as a CoAngler but so far it has been a great experience. The first time I got to walk across that stage with a weigh in bag is a memory I will never forget.
GFN: How was your experience at Lake Oneida? What can you tell us about that fishery for those who haven't been there?
Lake Oneida is absolutely the biggest lake I have ever been to. Being from Central PA it is like going to the ocean. There is so many different ways you can fish there from shallow water to deep. When I was there for the BFL, the bottom, in a lot of areas was covered in grass. I'm really looking forward to getting back there again soon.
GFN: You have your choice to be a co-angler with any professional fisherman on any tour. Who would it be and why?
I would have to say Mike Iaconelli. I met him while attending The Bass University this year in Harrisburg. He is from New Jersey so kinda a "local guy" to me. He is so full of enthusiasm for the sport. He has done so much to promote bass fishing in the right way. Especially getting kids involved. He also has a great saying "Never Give Up" which is a great way to live life in the bass fishing world.
Thank you so much Eric. We wish you the best of success on the Susquehanna and wherever you will be fishing during your tournament career. You can keep an eye on Eric through his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.