Hawghead tackle reels in customers prior to opening day

Trout typically are not picky, so when it comes to which bait to use for opening day, Hawghead Bait and Tackle owner Rick Anderson says take your pick.

“We have Wax worms, butter worms, meal worms, fish worms mini’s, rosie reds you know spikes,” said Anderson.

Many fisherman spent Good Friday getting good and ready for trout season which opens up Saturday morning.

“Now is the season, April is when it starts and it just goes from here,” said Anderson.

He says after a slow winter, the start of trout season is luring in a big catch.

“Finally I am seeing the father’s are getting involved and taking their kids out and you like to see that and that’s what’s going to make our future,” said Anderson.

One of Hawghead’s faithful customers is Doug Marks from Newberry, who never misses an opening day.

“Probably since I was 12-years-old I guess when I first started,” said Marks. “Every year it’s been a tradition.”

Some days they bite, and some days they don’t but by now, Doug says he’s got a good read on what works best.

“You can’t go wrong with the power bait, it’s simple you can just drop that in until something picks it up I like more finesse fishing with the minos and things like that so live bait works better for me,” said Marks.

Marks even has is favorite spot.

“I am going to go up to Stony Creek just because it’s up in the woods and it’s more secluded,” said Marks.

Trout season officially starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and parks officials want to remind everyone to bring their fishing license in order to legally catch those trout.

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