Bass Fishing photo

I love a day of offshore fishing immensely. But while the rush and team work involved in wrangling tuna or sharks is huge, such trips don’t often qualify as “relaxing fishing” in my mind. You’re on a mission that involves long-distance runs in the dark, days of watching weather patterns, a couple hundred bucks tied up in bait and fuel, a boat to clean when you return, and so on. Fun, but often stressful and always tiring…though it’s a good tired.

Truth be told, one of my absolute favorite summer fisheries when I just want to have fun and chill out is river smallmouth. When it’s hot, wading a smallie river with a few friends, not worrying about cost or putting meat in the cooler, is perhaps the most enjoyable day I can think of. It’s just as fun in a boat, and this past Monday I had the chance to fish with F&S Editor Anthony Licata on the lower Susquehanna in Pennsylvania. Our guide for the day was my good friend Eric Kerber from On A Mission Fishing Adventures. The details of this trip are showcased in the latest episode of Field & Stream “Hook Shots” above. I hope you enjoy it.

What’s your ideal summer day fishing trip? Hopefully you’ll be partaking in one over the long weekend.