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27, 2008 - Salt
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers!
For the dedicated angler the salt is still producing fish. Over
the past week we've made a few trips to the NJ coast, and have found
fish each time. The action is not full-on-blitz conditions, but
rather a put-in-your-time type of fishery right now. Maybe if we
get some NE winds, then maybe all hell with break loose. One there
there is no shortage of is bait - - sand eels currently stretch
along the entire north and central NJ beach front unlike anything
we've in years. One item of note though is the lack of peanut bunker.
Maybe they are staying off the beach in deeper/warmer water, but
everyone we've spoken too has been looking, and as of yet, come
up empty on the peanut bunker search/front. We hope to hit it a
few more times before the fat lady starts to belt it out!
Cold morning bass!
22, 2008 - SE PA Snow
Surprise snow down here in SE PA on Friday. Winterwonderland'ish.
Maybe this is a pre-cursor of things to come this winter...we shall
We are looking to hit the salt over the weekend, so be sure to
check back for a report!
11, 2008 - SE PA Trout
Stepped out for a little bit on a SE PA wild trout water. Water
is very clear and low all over the state, which means tough fishing.
Combo these non-fisherman-friendly conditions, with spawning trout,
and you can forget about it. At one point I witnessed a handful
of frisky males charging at each other, trying to become the king
of the redd. Suffice it to say, the water was full of sex. So instead
of fishing, I snapped some snapped some pics. Pasted below are just
a couple. On the left is a pic of an active bed. You can just make
out the shape of a trout at the top end. Pic'ed to the right is
a big-time colored up female (about a 16" trout). The white
spot must be a heron scare. These birds appear to now be in full-on
over-populated mode. They are everywhere and coming to a stream
9, 2008 - Spawners
Now is the time to be careful when wading your favorite wild trout
water here in PA. For most of PA the spawn in most of PA is on,
or already may have passed but down here in SE PA the spawn usually
takes place mid-to-late November. So in other words, it is go-time!
However, it is surely far from a set-your-watch type of activity.
Tell tale sign of activity is a very bright colored gravel depression,
and a residual bright gravel build-up immediately downstream from
the depression. If you are lucky enough, you might even see a female
on the redd, and the pesky males hanging near-by. To the right is
a pic of a redd taken a few years ago on Valley Creek. If you look
closely enough, you can see the female at the top end of the bed.
4, 2008 - Election Day Saltwater Report
It was not for the faint of heart - - the winds were howling out
of the north/northeast, and the waves were big and pushy
you across the rock. But if you trusted your feet and your korkers
- - you had all the fish you ever wanted right at your feet.
Although our preferred method of getting into fall blitz bass is
via the fly rod...there are those days when it is just not in the
cards. This last outing was one of them. This is why you bring one
spin rod along for the ride.
a recap - - we hit the beach shortly after sun-up and were
immediately greeted by a solid north wind. Thought the truck door
was going to blow-off when opening it! This was not the warm/windless
pre-dawn SE PA weather we left. We knew the wind was supposed to
pick-up, and turn NE, but this was a little much. Throwing fly was
not happening. So we went to plan b - spin - and began to work the
beachfront with rubber shads. In no time we were into schoolie bass.
The key was to work the wash, and walk with the current while working
the lure. This allowed for a tight line and a better presentation.
After this action died we began to work the rocks. And boy did
it payoff. About two-hours into the outgoing tide, the jetty exploded
with fish. Actually the fish were probably there and feeding extremely
well at high tide, we just could not get out to them. Too rough,
so we had to wait for the tide to drop. The rough water though,
made for extremely fishy-looking water. Lots of suds, and lots of
pull. This is obviously why the bass were feeding so well. It was
crazy, but well worth it. Can't wait for more.
Pictured are just a few of the bass we picked up. Weather
and the overall crazyness of the situation did not lend itself to picture