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Lunkerville: Slick Nick Goes to Fish College


(folk music) – [Mike D] Hey everybody, Mike D here. Welcome to the program. Today we’re fishing
with Slick Nick Petrou. You remember him, he’s that
kid who took me to school in Central Park when he was 14 years old. Well get this, Nick is
graduating from fishery school this semester and he’s
back on lunkerville, fishing with us today for
spring Smallmouth Bass. – This is when the big
fish come out to play, the fish are just starting
that pre-spawn phase, they’re starting to move
up shallow, and starting to put the feed on before
they do their thing in a couple of weeks when
they start to spawn. – [Mike D] Let’s go to Lunkerville. (film reel clicking) – Got one, fish on! – [Narrator] It seems in
every town in America, that there’s a secret
fishing spot, where the water runs clear, and the
Bass are always biting. And at that spot, there’s
an unsung hero, who knows every stump, lay down and lily pad. Seems all he’s gotta do
is wet a line, and sure enough, he’s reeling in a big Bass. So if you’re looking for
real people, with real fish stories, then hop a ride. We’re going to Lunkerville. (water splash) – Oh, well there’s 2 hens. This is the first time I’ve seen 2 hens. – [Mike D] There’s 2 hens man. – [Nick P] 2 hens in the field. There’s a deer up there too. – How do you know if it’s a hen? – Hen’s are usually a
smaller bird, less colorful. A Tom is gonna be, and just
bright, and just glistens in the sun, the heads are
nice red, white and blue, like the American flag, it’s. (laughter) – Man you are so into
it, you love the nature. – I love the nature. – But you grew up in the City. – I grew up in Nassau County. Where it’s houses next
to houses next to houses. I’ve always enjoyed
this outdoor lifestyle. I’ve loved it ever since I was little. My dad got me into fishing,
and ever since he got me into fishing, that’s what
he wanted, was a son that was gonna enjoy the outdoors
with him, and that’s what he got. (folk music) – I’m a Fisheries and Agriculture
major at Sunny Coalville Skill. I graduate in about 20 days,
and today we’re gonna take a little bit of a scientific
approach to Bass fishing and fishing in general. I’m gonna teach every
body, the viewers at home, the folks at home, a little
bit about the scientific aspect of fish. We are in beautiful Canaderago
Lake in Otsego County, New York. This is in scientific terms,
we call it a eutrophic Lake. It’s shallow, it’s weedy, the
deepest part is only about 40-45 feet and it’s loaded
with big Largemouth, big Smallmouth, Tiger Muskies, Wall Eye. Water temperature today is
46.9 it’s reading, and I should mark on a couple of fish there. – [Mike D] Ooh chilly, and a fish. – It’s cold but it’s
early spring in New York, it can be really good this time of year. Mike I got 2 rods set up there for you. One’s got a swim bait on
it, one’s got a grub on it. For now, I would just go
and pick up that swim bait. So what you’re gonna wanna do
is, pretty much make a cast, let that bait hit the bottom
and just slowly reel it back. No pauses
– Right off the bottom Like 2 feet a foot. – Because these fish I feel,
they’re a tad suspended off of the grass already. Right now in front of us,
this is the one and only real island on the Lake. The point kinda extends out
as you can see the buoys that wrap around, this
is just a longated point and it drops off. We’re sitting in 20 foot
of water, right up in the middle there is maybe
only 2, 3 foot of water and we’re just fishing the break. It’s an older weed edge,
it’s kinda just died off but the fish are gonna start
to stage on this outside weed edge, just before they
move up to start spawning and this is a great spot
early in the spring, in the summertime, this is just a
great spot in like in general. (rustling) – [Nick P] So I’ll keep
the boat out a little more, just cast on the outside
of those buoys, you don’t wanna cast… Oh oh, you got a fish! – There – [Nick P] You got em, there you go Mike. Little smallie. Keep that line tight,
keep that line tight. There you go. Do you want me to grab him? – I got it. (laughter) – [Nick P] I’ll grab him for you. – [Mike D] Do you want me to
grab him, I wanna grab him man that’s half the fun, I
gotta work on my rough knot. – [Nick P] There we go. (laughter) You pretty much just
yanked it out of the weeds in a couple feet of water
and hey you had that bait on top and that fish
darted out of nowhere. And I told you, let it sit, and he ate it. – You can see he’s
eating, you feel his fat, look how wide he is. – [Nick P] There you go Mike,
you got, you broke the ice. You got the skunk out of the boat. – All right well you’re
the one who told me to put that bait on. – [Nick P] Good smallie,
neat pound and 3 quarter. – [Mike D] Ooh Yeah. – [Nick P] There you go,
first fish of the day. – [Advert Voice] Lunkerville
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slowly we’re going around this island. I know you’re a tournament
fisherman also and almost every tournament fisherman
I fish with, they race from spot to spot. They race around an island. But you’re not. – The less I have to put on
that big motor, the more time I actually get to spend
on the water fishing, and more, especially during
tournament we have 8 hours to really find good bite. So the more time I get to
spend on a spot that I know fish are there, that’s the
biggest thing, you’ve got to know the fish are there. You just have to have
an instinctive feeling. – What do you mean, so how do you know? – So like for instance right
now, it’s early spring, that water temperature right
now, I’m reading 44 degrees. 44.9 to be exact, those fish
should be in a transition mode, they should be mid-depth,
between 20 and 10 feet staging to start to come up shallow. It’s exactly what we’re
fishing, we’re fishing that boat in 18 and a half foot
of water and we’re casting it to about 10, 11, working
it back down the ledge. And you have to know where
these fish are gonna be, that’s in relation to water temperature. Water temperature drives
just about everything. (grunting) – [Nick P] You got a fish Mike. – That’s a good fish. Oh big smallie, haul
on, let me get that net. Let me get that net up, but
that’s a good small one. – [Mike D] Here we go. (mumbles) – [Nick P] That’s a big small one. – [Mike D] I’m gonna lip it. – [Nick P] No no. – [Mike D] I don’t need
to lip, no net, no net. – [Nick P] No net? – [Mike D] No net. Net’s staying out though. – [Mike D] I need the
throw, work on the tug. – [Nick P] That’s a good
small one, all right, let me put this grub away man. – [Mike D] Oh that’s nice. Oooh
– [Nick P] Whoa, Whoa (laughter) – [Nick P] Hey Mike,
that’s why we use a net. There’s a reason why I
took the net out of the Fry Bucket there. – There’s certain gratification
pulling it out of the water. (energetic drums) – [Mike D] Oooh!
– [Nick P] Whoa, Whoa! (laughter) – [Nick P] Hey Mike, I
have the net right here. Since yous broke off, we’re
using a light line here, this is only, this is 10
pound braided line, mainline and with a 7 pound test
flurocarbon leader. I like 7 pound test, it’s
just always what I use. We’re gonna tie on a
quarter ounce football head, with a small hook on it, and
I like to use palomar knot, palomor knot’s got good strength. Make an overhand knot with
loop, go around the whole jig head, take the tag in,
pull it with my teeth. I’m not one for wetting
the knot with my saliva. – [Mike D] Why? – I’ve never had a need to,
I’ve never had a problem where- – [Mike D] But they say it
actually helps lubricate so it doesn’t burn the line? – If you keep the knot loose
the entire time, and just slowly snug it down, you
won’t get any frays or abrasions, just take your
time with it, no need to rush. Now we’re gonna take our
swim bait, what I like to do, is I like to line that jig
head, right up where that bait’s gonna come out,
just kinda make a little memory, a mental memory
there, or I’ll take it and actually mark it with the hook
and see where it comes out. Where that little break
is, we’re gonna go in and keep in centered, the whole time. – [Mike D] And you’re really precise. – [Nick P] I’m pretty
precise, if you take your time with it, there’s no reason to rush. – [Mike D] Because if it’s
off, then it’s gonna… – [Nick P] It’s gonna wobble
weird, wanna make sure that bait’s on nice and snug up there. See how centered that bait
is on there, the hook sits centered, the bait looks
centered, now if you start to catch more fish,
instead of it sliding back and forth, we ought to
take a dab of super glue and put it on the hook
keeper, and just slide it back on and that bait’s not coming off. So there you go, that’s
your whole bait all set up, that hook’s nice and sharp. If you feel your hook’s
starting to get a little dull, I got a hook file and we’ll
file up the hook and get it nice and sharp again. – [Mike D] All right! – Now I gotta catch one. – Okay, but we’re using
the net from now on. – [Nick P] We’re using the net. (birds gurgling) – [Nick P] Here we go. You got him Mike, there you go. Whoa, whoa! Reel, reel, reel! – That one literally
knocked me off my feet. – [Nick P] Hold on, whoa, God Mike. It’s a big Smallmouth, here. Get him out, get him out, get him out. There you go. – [Mike D] Woo! – Wow, that’s a big Smallmouth. All right, 3’s a pattern
and I’ve got to put on that same bait. – Man! – Wow. – Man oh man! – Grab him, there you go. That’s a good one. – The evil, oof he’s heavy,
I just literally knocked me off my feet. – [Nick P] Wow. – Oof. That’s brut. – [Nick P] Hold him up
Mike, get a picture. – Man. – [Nick P] Wow – [Mike D] Wow – You know what that means? Time to switch. Time for me to put that bait on. – [Mike D] I caught 3 fish! – 3 fish. – [Mike D] In a row. – 3 fish means a pattern. (harmonica music) – [Narrator 2] Have you ever
wondered why everyone on the show looks just like you? And your friends? And your kids? Because they are. For over 14 years, Lunkerville
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on your honey hole and you’ll be the star of your own
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interact with other folks over there and we just
may be featuring you next. – If you’re a consistent
fisherman, that’s I think, bigger than going out catching
a ton of fish every time. Like I set a rule for myself,
for the last couple years, when I go out fishing,
I wanna go out and catch at least 12 pounds just
about every time I go. If I can consistently
catch 12 pounds of Bass, every single time I go out, that’s good. Because most places, 12 pounds
will get you in the money. Will get you at least a little something. And it’ll get you good in the standings. There you’re special. – [Mike D] Oh, yeah, look at the bend! – This is a good one, good one, good one. Oh, whoa. Whoa I almost stumbled there. Good one. – [Mike D] Oh yeah, it’s huge. – That’s a nice fish. I’m just gonna reach out and grab him. – [Mike D] Oh you’re doing it? – [Nick P] I’m just gonna reach down. – [Mike D] Ah, don’t do it man. Practice what, what you preach. – Hold on, first. – [Mike D] Worse than that. – I’ll teach this. – [Mike D] What are you doing? – That you don’t grab the
line each time, you give him a hug like that. – [Mike D] Just scoop them up. – Scoop them up, it’s only a 3 pounder. – [Mike D] No, he looks bigger. That looks bigger than mine right? – Nice 3 pounder, fat Smallmouth. – [Mike D] That looks
like an eerie Smallmouth a little bit. – Yeah, they got beautiful
coloring with them. Honestly a lot of people
don’t see on Smallmouth especially is that little
white dot right there. – [Mike D] What’s that? – I don’t know, it’s just
a key little feature that I’ve always seen on certain Lakes. My favorite fish in the whole wide world. I don’t get why people who
wanna chase anything else. My favorite, let’s go buddy. When I fish, I talk to myself quite a bit. – [Mike D] You actually talk out loud? – Yeah. – [Mike D] Or talk in your mind? – No, I talk to myself out loud. – You’re talking, you think
you’re talking, you’re really talking in your head to yourself. – [Nick P] No, I talk out loud to myself. – Why? Why don’t you just talk
in you head to yourself? – I need expert advice sometimes. (laughter) – [Mike D] There we go. – Finally, finding a few fish here. Big Smallmouth, ah he’s
coming right for it. – [Mike D] Oh yeah. – Ooh, ain’t a boat. – [Mike D] Beauty. – Decent little fish, not a giant. Pretty. Fought hard. – [Mike D] Beyond sonar,
how do you know what’s going on down there? – I like to look at the shoreline. Like as you can see from
looking at this island, it’s got a gradual taper
coming down the shorline, and when you see a
gradual taper like that, you see, oh okay, if it’s
gonna do the same thing on land, it’s gonna do the
same thing under water. It’s gonna gradually come
down and stay shallow. Whereas opposed to a steeper
bank, like the other side, it’s gonna come straight down and keep on continuing to drop. I tend to rely a lot on electronics, electronics play a big role
in how I fish and you know. – [Mike D] And there’s
nothing wrong with that, that’s what you should
do if you can afford it. – Absolutely, the biggest
thing is, I tend to look at my mapping more than I do side imaging, down imaging, any of that. I wanna see what the contours
are like under the water. Deeper has actually a
function and you can make any map for any lake that you want to. – What do I got here, Nick? – [Nick P] So you have right
there is a 4 inch loop tail, swim bait in a color called
silver flash mineaux. It’s got a good tail
wobble to it, and it’s on a quarter ounce football head. And that bait moves so
nicely through the water, it’s got a good scent to
it and it just catches a ton of fish. – [Mike D] Oh, I got one. – [Nick P] You got it, reel reel reel. – There we go. (spanish music) – [Nick P] Don’t go sliding, keep reeling. Want a net? – [Mike D] Yeah, hell yeah. – [Nick P] Bring her right to me. – [Mike D] Ah ha. – Kicked my butt Mike, I love it. I love it. – It’s all, no it’s not
about the competition man. There we go. And they’re all hooked
on the top of the mouth. Not on the side. Is that because of the… – [Nick P] The way they’re eating, – Um, jig? – [Nick P] Well, no, that’s
the way they’re eating it, and when they hook, when
they’re all hooked in the roof of the mouth like that,
that’s a good sign. That means, they’re chilling. – So how are Smallmouth
different than Largemouth? – Largemouth are more of a
solitary fish, they kinda just hang out by themselves,
they do their own thing. Whereas Smallmouths,
Smallmouth are like sharks. And they’re like any other schooling fish, they stay together in
little, small wolfpacks, especially bigger fish like that. 3 pound fish is gonna
hang around with a lot of other fish that are about
2 and a half, 3 pounds. You know, they’ll hang together
and they’ll feed together. – [Mike D] Really? A whole bunch of fish,
they’re all the same size, all the same age hang out
together, you would think they know each other, they communicate. – In the fall, when we’re
fishing tool and Smallmouth, usually if you’re on a
school of fish and you’re catching them one after
another and you start throwing them right back, it’ll shut
the whole school right down. Usually when I fish Smallmouth
in the fall, I’ll keep my live well going and I’ll
put 6, 7, 8 fish in there, once I’m done fishing the
school, I’ll throw all the fish back. I’m not looking to keep any. Because, for some reason,
like, I guess they release some sort of pheromone, like
distress when they go back down to the bottom. And it’ll shut the entire
school, you’ll be on them so thick and you’ll be
catching one after another and all of a sudden it’ll just stop. Dead. And, what is that? There’s one, jerkbait.
– [Mike D] Oooh. – [Nick P] Good one on
a jerk bait, thank God. Ahh, I love when I catch
one on a jerk bait. – [Mike D] Wow, you’re
really enjoying this. – Never had so much fun,
with all my clothes on. (laughter) – [Mike D] See you wouldn’t
have said that on your last show, you were only 14. – [Nick P] Oh, that’s a big
fish, that’s a big fish, where’s that net? Hand me that net Mike. Just hand it to me. – [Mike D] Oh, yeah! – That’s a big one. – [Mike D] That’s a cow. – Official, that’s
official, go 3 and a half. He munched that jerk bait on the pause. So, the nice thing about that is, this is the only time of year you
can tell the difference between male and female bass. – Okay. – See, you see how that
fish is all swollen, her anus is all red? – Uh huh? – [Nick P] She’s ready to
spawn, those are eggs in there. A male, also if you can
tell body shape on any fish, the round, if it’s more
round, that’s mostly, it’s gonna be a female. On jerk bait, all right. – [Mike D] Nice one Nick. All right. – [Nick P] Thanks for playing. (motivational music) – Mike I might continue
up this bank a little bit, cause they seem to be a lot shallower than I thought they’d be. – [Mike D] Okay. – [Nick P] They’re shallow, shallow. – They are shallow, shallow. And we’ve caught on two
different baits now. – [Nick P] We caught them on a swim bait, finally I got one to eat a jerk bait. This is a killer spring time bait. Deep lip, 3 hook, suspending jerk bait. So, if I bring it next
to the boat, I’m gonna jerk it down and it’s
just gonna sit there. – [Mike D] It’s slowly sinking – [Nick P] Slowly sinking. – [Mike D] Very slow. – [Nick P] I’ll pop it again,
and it just sits there. It looks like a injured bait fish. – [Mike D] Show me how to fish that. – We’re gonna go
step-by-step, how to fish a jerk bait. Jerk bait, 101. So I throw a jerk bait on
a 6ft8 medium action rod. Slower gear ratio reel,
’cause it’s a hard bait. And I never throw a jerk bait on braid. I always, this is straight
flurocarbon 10 pound test. Nice and light, I can get the bait down. This specific bait on 10
pound test flurocarbon on a long cast, I can get
this bait down 10 foot. Very, like nice. – [Mike D] So that’s
why you don’t use braid. – Yes, that’s why I don’t use braid. Flurocarbon sinks, so
on a cast I try and make as long of a cast as I
possibly can, and I’m gonna engage that reel,
I’mma give it 2 jerks. And just let it sit. And then let it sit for,
depending on how cold the water is, 5 to, 3 to 5 seconds. Give it another couple
pops and let it sit. 90 percent of the time,
your bites are gonna be on the pause. That fish I just caught,
I was watching my line, I just watched it pop and set the hook. – [Mike D] While it’s sitting? – Pretty much when you just start. – [Mike D] When you just start. You’d miss your moment, cause he doesn’t want it to get away. – No, he doesn’t want it to get away. – [Mike D] Okay. – That little trigger. Sometimes, that little jerk scares him a little bit. One of my favorite ways
to catch in the Spring. That’s a fish, that’s a very big fish. (jazz music) Yeah. – [Mike D] That’s a good one. I love when you catch a
fish, while you’re describing how to catch a fish.
– [Mike D] Wow. Oh that’s a big one. Set that, set that net up Mike. He didn’t hook, he didn’t. He’s not hooked, okay
now he’s hooked that. Bring it right in. – Oh, yeah, aw. – [Nick P] Another female. – [Mike D] That’s big. – [Nick P] Probably another 3 and a half, 3, 3 and a half pound fish. – [Mike D] Okay, that’s 3 and a half. – That’s 3 and a half pound fish. – You don’t have to weigh it. – Nah. – Beautiful. – [Nick P] See it’s got
that nice white dot. That’s a nice fish. – [Mike D] Yeah. – [Nick P] The jerk bait. One of my favorite ways
to catch in the Spring. See she’s biting on my finger. Oh, wow. – Does Nick know his Spring
Smallmouth fishing or what? But here’s the deal, I
have more questions to ask. And Nick has another
honey hole to fish at. In another town. So you’re gonna have to tune in next week, for more spring Smallmouth fishing, with Slick Nick Petrou on Lunkerville. (country music)
(water drop)

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