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I traveled to the Saranac river in Plattsburgh, NY in search of landlocked salmon. It didn't take long to find them. I happened to be with a friend and when I hooked the first one on the line, I screamed like crazy asking what to do? He slyly responded, "you're the tenkara expert!" The landlocked salmon was giving me a nice fight and after a few minutes I told my friend to help me with the net because it was my first one on tenkara. He assisted by netting the fish with a big smile. After fishing some more and hooking another fish, my friend told me to land this one by myself, which I did by beaching it close to the shore.

Hooked on targeting big fish with tenkara, I wanted to experiment some more by fishing for smallmouth or largemouth bass in a float tube. I took my camper and went out to a small lake near the village of Paul Smiths in NY. Casting a black woolly bugger, I let it drop a bit by counting for 20 seconds to reach the proper depth. The sensation of a big bite overpowered the rod all the way into my arm and then I knew I had a big one at the end of my line. I paddled my float tube to have a steady tension on the line as not to lose him, looking where I could beach that monster. The fish did a couple of jumps out of the water during the fight, what a show! Big Mama (or Papa) was not happy as I was steering her toward the shore. I caught a few more large fish this past Autumn, so now I know what to do to successfully catch and land them. With the additional experience, I do not need to beach the fish any longer.

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