October 2005 Report
^^Please check out our archives^^
for 2005 is our Fall
Blitz Package. This is a perfect oppotunitity
to learn about fly fishing the salt.
We take care of all the logistics! If you want to catch bass
and blues on the fly, then this is the trip you have been looking
for. Very reasonably priced!!!
done thru TCO
Fly Shop. For any questions, email us
November is upon us and the fish are going to soon realize
that their days of all out gluttony are numbered! This
is when they go all out! From here thru December look
for the salt to hit its stride. The bait seems to be collecting
back up into migrating pods and the fish are sniffing
them out. With the Indian Summer like conditions on the
way - the beachfront looks prime to bust wide open.
On Saturday the bait materialized in the late afternoon,
but there was just a few bass on them. Some gator blues
were seen landed and the clammers had some steady action
in the late afternoon once the incoming tide started up.
This schoolie bass took a brite chartreuse
Now is the time to send in your comments
to the Army Corps regarding the 2006 Release Plan. They
really do look at these and just like all of us, they
to are learning how to best manage Francis E Walter and
the downstream fishery. It will take some time, but in
the long run we should reap the benefits....BUT if you
do not comment, then you have no one to blame but yourself!
Seriously, the fish/ecosystem has always had the smallest
voice in this whole thing.
So get involved and shoot off an e to
the Army Crops. Tell them how you feel about the Plan
and what management practice you'd like to see at FEW.
This can be done thru their Project
Homepage. Or you can email comments directly to: Austin.L.Gerrard@nap02.usace.army.mil
Please take the time and do this.
Be sure to check out our Fall
Blitz Package. Hopefully once we get past Wilma things
will begin to settle down and set up! Now is the time!
Prior to the blow...the bass were in the suds and along the rocks
down at the shore. They were still on mullet - it is really getting
late for that, but that goes to show how warm the water temps
have been. We have even been seeing sea weed washed up on the
beaches which originates in the Sargasso Sea. Pretty cool stuff!
We will be back out once the weather settles down.
Well we fiinally got the rain, however
you wouldn't know on streams since it has completely run
off. Hey Mother Nature - we need a soaker!! Up to 10"
fell with eastern PA taking the brunt of the wetness.
With all the rain the Corps and their
management at Francis E Walter preformed perfectly. Once
again when the rains began, the gates were closed to 60cfs
and water was captured to minimize downstream flooding.
The reservoir now sits at about 1,338' or so. With inflow
pretty much equaling outflow - as of writing - the lake
should remain just above the 2005
Plan 1,335" target elevation. This also means
the whitewater folks are gonna get a release this weekend.
Raising the lake from 1,300' to 1,340'
utilizes 7.6% of flood storage capacity and equals 2.75
Isn't there a movie called the The Endless Summer?.
Well, you do not have to look any farther than SE PA to find
it! It has been a non-stop assault on our streams since mid-May
or so and here we are in early Oct, and we still have 80 degree
air temps. Actually, air temps have been so warm and rainfall
so lacking, that just about all the tailwaters in PA are out
of coldwater. Not to mention water temps in the wash along the
NJ beaches is still in the 70s! Sheeesh!
However, having said all that...it does look like Mother Nature
is coming to the rescue - for now at least - with a good shot
of liquid. To say we need it bad is an understatement! Lets
hope this is a trend or the start of a pattern change/drought
breaker. Also, with the needed rain the whitewater enthusiasts
can get their playtime. They too have suffered along with all
us trout guys.
Maybe we'll be able to get out over the weekend. Who knows
with some water, the bite could turn on. I know I would be relieved.