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Christmas Kayak Fishing? by Tim Moore Contributing Writer

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Most years I have been on the ice, somewhere in the White Mountains, fishing for early season trout long before now. That hasn’t been the case this year because Christmas day felt more like early fall than winter. Not only was there no white Christmas, but it was 60 degrees in southern NH. I love to fish and couldn’t take it anymore. I hadn’t wet a line in weeks, which for me is an excruciatingly long time. I know it’s just a matter of time before winter arrives, and as I write this it looks like it’s finally here, but I needed to get on the water. So, I planned a kayak fishing trip for the day after Christmas with fellow Tim Moore Outdoors guide, Chuck Fritz. We decided to fish Pleasant Lake in Deerfield. Pleasant Lake is wellknown for its crystal clear water. When the wind isn’t blowing you can see the bottom in more than 10’ of water. While we both love to catch fish, catch-

ing wasn’t as important as simply getting on the water and fishing. We met at sun up and were greeted by a gorgeous sunrise. We unloaded two of my Old Town Predator kayaks, loaded them up with our fishing gear, and headed out to see if we could get some trout to bite. We had a chilly start, with air temperatures in the upper 30’s and water temperatures at 39.2 degrees, but not cold enough to chill our spirits. Once the sun rose above the tree line it brought with it warming rays that offered much needed warmth on a cold morning.


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We spent the morning paddling around, trying different lures, and fishing different areas. No fish were caught, but we did see a few trout cruising in shallow water. The lack of fish caught was of little concern and truth be told, I spent more time just enjoying being on the water than I did actually fishing. Several times I caught myself not paying attention to my rod, distracted by a bald eagle sighting or the stillness of the morning. Late season kayaking offers some unique challenges because many

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