November 21, 2004 - Saltwater Action
Now is the time to hit the NJ salt!
This past week has seen some great action...and there is no
reason why it should not continue. Every year is different and
this year the blanket bait conditions seem to be a few weeks
later than normal. But for the predators all is right on schedule!
Get down there now!
Who says NJ is a crowded place!? All we've been
findin' is miles of empty beaches and nothing but bass n blues
Need any tips or info -
shoot us an e!
November 10, 2004 - UPDATE
NJ Fall Saltwater Action:
For the shorebound angler this year, so far has been hit
and miss. Add to that us PA anglers - who have to travel
more than one, two or even three hours - and the odds
get slimer. Yeah, we have hit some fish...but the action
has been very inconsistent. At times we have been able
to dredge up some bass and blues from an otherwise 'dead'
looking sea, but there have also been times of thick amounts
of bait, with nothing underneath it. Talk about frustrating!!!
You just never know what is gonna happen. We are still
optimistic though, however it is hard not to think that
that 10-day, stiff north-north-easterly wind, which
we reference back in late-October, may have really
screwed things up in the long run.
Pictured at right is most likely the
most important baitfish for us fly rodders to imitate
- Menhaden, aka - bunker, baby bunker, peanut bunke for
us mid-atlantic folks. Take some time to research it -
you might be amazed at just how much this little fish
is part of your daily everyday life.
Time will tell though! All you can do now is get in the truck
and hope you get into action. By far the most consistent shore
fly rodding action, when weather permits, is north Jersey. Say
from LBI northward. The steep beaches and for the most part,
a steady flow of baitfish have kept the preditors somewhat close
to the beach.
False dawn hook-up along the
beach front! Forget that beauty sleep!!
Be on the lookout for spawners in your favorite wild trout stream.
We ask to be careful out there. Now is also the time for leaves
to be a big PITA
so it might be a good time to give you
local waterway a break for a bit. Actually, for a change of
pace, just walk the banks - leave the rod at home - and see
what you come across. This time of year can bring out the big
boys and girls to do their thing. You might actually learn some
new water at the same time.
November 3, 2004 - Lehigh River/Salt Report!
We hit the river again this past Sunday.
It was another beautiful fall day on the River. After
last weekend we could'nt finish the season on such a low-note
so we scrambled and were rewarded with a nice afternoon
of fishing.Water temp was 53 degrees with air temps in
the mid 60s. Flow at the Lehighton gage was about 1,000cfs.
Walnutport was running about 1,500cfs. This is a prime
level for floating.
The action came and went, depending on
the stretch we were on. Some runs were dead, while others
were much more active. We landed two browns on streamers
and buggers and we also ran into a pod of about 5-6 surface
feeders very tight to one of our favorite banks. Out of
that group we hooked two, but both ended up as long distance
releases. One was picked up on a size 18 BWO emerger and
the second on a size 16 cinnamon flying ant. There were
just a few small BWOs hatching.
The topwater action was a nice way to
possibly finish up the year - unless Mother Nature says
plays it nice.
Over the past few
days the salt action has really heated up. The
main baitfish of choice has been bunker. Now is
the time of the year when you can witness all
out carnage along the beachfront!!! It can be
intense! When you get a window in the weather
like we've had the past few days - go for it!!
The fish above was picked up over the last few
Pictured above is a very effective terrestrial
pattern - cinnamon ant..
of the scenery along the Lehigh River.