Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Restoration of White Cedar

White cedar used to be abundant in New Jersey, but nineteenth century logging reduced the forests in the Pinelands and even in the Meadowlands. Where Fred Matero and fish striped bass at DeKorte Park with the Manhattan skyscape in full view, we've lost swimbaits on white cedar stumps on the flats. 

Fish & Wildlife

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

River Slow for Smallmouths

Several weeks ago, John told me he would have today off. I didn't rule us out going for smallmouth bass, just in case plans changed, as they did. 

Yesterday, Trish and I went to Island Beach State Park, and at Murphy's Hook House, I learned the surf would be too rough to fish, but I bought a pint of killies for the smallmouths, also looking ahead to smallmouths at Lake Hopatcong a month from now. (I might be able to keep them alive with an aerator.)

We have chilly nights recently, early this morning no exception, but I expected the bass to be all over the killies. I started out throwing a Rapala, because they're often good this time of year. I gave up on the plug quickly and confidently put a killie out on a few of my favorite spots, nothing happening.

So it was going to be a slow evening.

I lay a killie against the far bank and felt the line tighten--a swing and a miss. John fished from shore. He would later tell me he would have gone in up to his waist if I got into bass, but that otherwise, he didn't want to soil his $30,000.00 Nissan Z. 

I baited up again and took the same cast, felt a tap, tightened the line, set the hook, and began fighting a good bass I thought might weigh two pounds. It came off deep down in the hole.

I didn't want to get skunked, but I already felt parted from this my favorite stretch. I don't know if it's been fished out, or if the shock of these chilly nights turned the bass off. The water was pretty cold. I wouldn't have been comfortable without my waders. I am thinking, though, of finding another river spot for short forays like this evening's.

I did manage to catch a smallmouth not much larger than 10 inches, but besides those other two hits, that's all we got tonight. 

Almost Four Pounds


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Knee Deep Hybrid Striper Derby this Weekend

 Laurie Murphy:

The Hybrid Stripers are back to hitting on chicken livers, being caught off Chestnut Point,  in the Sharps Rock area, and off Cow Tongue Point. Fish are in the 5 to 6 pound range. Pete Rathjens has made his way to the scale with 2 Largemouth , the first weighing 3 lb 14 oz, followed up by a solid 5 pounder. Richard Hilton’s largemouth weighed in at 4 lb 3 oz.  Max Hughen is having fun catching crappie on small jigs. Two of his fish hit the scale at 1 lb 8 oz, with the third weighing 1 lb 10 oz. Jimmy Welsh also has been catching nice crappie, along with several walleye and some channel cats using herring for bait. Don’t forget !!! Knee Deep’s Hybrid Striped Bass contest is this weekend, starting at 5 AM Saturday,  Sept 19th to 12 noon on Sunday,  Sept 20th.  In person entries can be taken up until 8 AM on Sat.  $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Cash prizes for the top 3 heaviest fish, with gift certificates going to 4th, 5th & 6th place. Hope to see you there !!!  We will remain open with boat rentals & bait and tackle until the end of Oct. Then keep your fingers crossed for some ice this year… Have a great week !