Sunday, October 30, 2022
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Friday, October 28, 2022
and after checking with Bob there they said bring it on in. I was a nervous wreck. I don't know why, well I do, because I was always nervous bringing it to Gateway Marine when I needed something done on my old boat. I showed him the below video when the boat went into limp mode last
November 24th when I was out on a solo trip. I also went through any paperwork that Laura had on work Jim had done to her before he passed away. Chip there was great. He gets it. He knows I
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Yes, it's called fishing and not catching. But there's nothing that I hate more than those falls where the striped bass seem to run along the beach and not down the beach. I know it's early, I think, becasue this year has been a little bit of an anomaly. Started two weeks ago with a push of big fish that has waxed and waned through some weather, wind changes, moons and tides. There's fish around, boats finding them from Raritan Bay to New York Bay to the Bight and out front. Slow, and not steady pic, of big fish if you get lucky or just camp out and put your time in. The Hook seems to have been producing most consistently for those who have the time and legs.
Monday, October 24, 2022
For yet another year the annual stripoed bass young of the year (yoy) survey was below the target threshold. This year the index came in at 3.6, far below the target 11.3. The 2021 index came in at 3.2. The survey is done three times each summer in four spawning waters, the Choptank, Nanticoke, and the Potomac Rivers as well as the upper Chesapeake Bay. I think we may be seeing the pendulum swing to the Hudson River as becoming a more prominent spawning strain of striped bass.
Friday, October 21, 2022
to my spot there was one guy on the beach and the boats were south. That didn't last long as they worked north and sat just over the bar on the bunker. Before they came it was a stripoed bass blitz like I haven't seen in a while. Running through the bait, tail slaps, and cartwheels but they were too far out and never pushed the bait in. Heard that earlier and north they came in and several large bass were caught. I saw one boat fish and Two-Rod Mike catch a 27 inch fish where I satrted.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Funny how history can repeat it self. So it's October 20th and striped bass anglers now are trying to figure out how the rest of the season is going to be. We had out first big push of big fish about two weeks ago ago and the boat guys are still finding them and luckily without the mobs of traffic, at least during the week.
Two days ago Joe landed a nice big bass on the beach being at the right place at the right time, I was scrolling through the computer and those daily Facebook Memories popped up. It was the above picture from October 20, 2017. I was fishing with Leif on a slow day and out of nowhere the above fish took a Joe Pheiffer pastel colored Hollow Fleye, pretty close to what he used the other day.
I'm not sure where we are compared to last year when the season really started around Thanksgiving and continued into early January. Out here on the Delare River it's cold, and it feels like early winter will be here before you know it. Oil prices are starting out this season at $5.70- 6.45 a gallon depending how much cash you have on you and how much you put in your tank. In 2021 it was $3.51 and on October 20, 2020 it was $2.29. Ouch, "Grab a sweatshirt and shut up".
So, again we try and wait and see what this fall will bring. It looks like a hard recession is coming and the heating season will no doubt put a hurting on peoples pockets. That may limit the boat traffic a touch along with an early cold winter? Has the bait moved out? Will all that bunker we had last winter stay in the bay? Will the bass stay? When will "normal" sized striped bass arrive on the beaches? Is there any bait, besides a pod ot two of peanuts, to hold them tight as they move south? We'll see.....
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Saturday, October 15, 2022
The above post was put up on Betty and Nicks Facebook page. Sad, but true. We need to do better. Below is a great example of how to use live bunker for bait when fishing the pods from a boat. Not sure how successful that would be standing up on the beach when the fish are 100+ feet out. Imagine how fly rodders feel. Just becasue they are there doesn't mean you have to catch them.
Friday, October 14, 2022
The International Fly Tying Symposium is coming back to Somerset, Newe Jersey next fall. I have to say I like this show. It worked well for me last year picking up tyng materials that you can look through and touch. It's a Saturday and Sunday show.