2017: What a Year

2017 has been one of the most difficult and rewarding years I’ve ever had. This year started with my last semester of college. After 4 years of hard work I graduated from college with big dreams of moving across the country to California. I worked hard and made that dream a reality and moved out to Los Angeles. I quickly discovered that big city life just wasn’t for this Midwesterner and return back to Indiana. A disappointing discovery, but something I would have always regretted not trying. Life seemed to speed up from there on, I found a full time job that I absolutely love and have been working on getting settled back here.

This year has made me realize the parts of my life that I am grateful for. I’m so grateful for my ever understanding girlfriend, my family, my friends and those peaceful moments spent by water. There are countless more things I’m thankful for, but those four things were what made this year a success for me, without them there is no knowing what this year would have turned into. I know this is fishing blog and that is probably what you came to read about, but I felt like I couldn’t write this in good conscience without acknowledging the things that made a year like this possible.

As I searched through my photos to try to pick the pictures that best represented this year, I found it very difficult to narrow it down. I tried to narrow it down to just a few species, but then I realized that just isn’t what appeals to me about fishing and that isn’t what this blog was made to be about. So instead of a long explanation here are a few highlights from the year.

I hope you all had a fantastic 2017 filled with many days spent by the water. Here’s to hoping 2018 holds more new and great adventures!

Tight lines, 

– Isaac

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5 thoughts on “2017: What a Year

  1. Hey Isaac- congrats on graduating and moving away from the frozen Midwest! Ever since seeing your crayfish video a couple year’s back, I have wanted to make the trip to Garvin Park. Now I am planning the trip. The giant crayfish in your video appears to be the Green Signal Crayfish, a sub species of Pacifastacus leniusculus. This crayfish is native to the Pacific Northwest! If correct, they would be a highly invasive species in the Hoosier state. My goal, if they are Signal Crayfish, is to put a dent the population by the best and tastiest method possible- eating them. I’ve watched your video numerous times but cannot figure out which part of the pond you were fishing? Did you find the most Spring crayfish in the shallows on the north side (near Reis Avenue) or on the south side (Don Mattingly Way)? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Invasive crayfish can destroy an ecosystem- they will eat anything they can catch- fish, frogs, snails, invertebrates, etc. Once established, it is impossible to rid of crayfish short of draining the pond.

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    • I tend to find more of them on the south side of the lake. If you are going to the area another lake worth checking out would be Buck Pit at Bluegrass FWA. I’ve caught some crayfish that dwarfed the one you saw in that video there. I hope you are able to put a large dent in the population!

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      • Isaac- You might have discovered a new species! The largest North American crayfish, Barbicambarus simmonsi, was only first documented in Tennessee in 2010. It has 1 relative, Barbicambarus cornutus, that lives in 1 small river basin in Kentucky. There’s no reason a 3rd member can’t live 50 miles away in Indiana. Buck Pit looks like it was stream fed. Both these other crayfish live in rivers. It would make sense that a large crayfish could exploit this environment. I don’t know of any crayfish endemic to Indiana that can get to the size of the crayfish in Garvin Park or Buck Pit. I’ll set out 20 traps and see what I can get. Who knows, maybe Barbicambarus Isaaci is about to be discovered!

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