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  • 05-02-2018, 07:30 AM
    rob
    Quote Originally Posted by CapeMayRay View Post
    It has been one of the windiest springs that I can remember. There has been so few nice days. A friend of mine got out Saturday morning as the fog was lifting. Said there was a good ground swell coming in and it made fishing difficult and then the wind kicked up off the ocean. Sunday and Monday again it was just too windy to try. He did get one small striper for his efforts.

    I am going to try something different tomorrow. I am heading up to the Delaware Water Gap to fly fish for shad. I have never tried it before. Last few years with the spawning stripers in decline they have seen and improvement in the shad fishing as the stripers aren't around in the numbers to eat up the young, like in previous years. Have a friend who fishes there and he is going to show me the ropes. Looking forward to it and it looks like it will be a nice day. Long 3 1/2 hour drive each way, but I will have a good time no matter what. Will report on Wednesday.
    how did you make out? never fished the shad run, only drove up one time to the wing dam when I was in the area for work.
  • 04-30-2018, 08:37 PM
    duff
    You will have a good time. A very strong run this year and lots of big fish. Enjoy !
  • 04-30-2018, 08:04 PM
    CapeMayRay
    It has been one of the windiest springs that I can remember. There has been so few nice days. A friend of mine got out Saturday morning as the fog was lifting. Said there was a good ground swell coming in and it made fishing difficult and then the wind kicked up off the ocean. Sunday and Monday again it was just too windy to try. He did get one small striper for his efforts.

    I am going to try something different tomorrow. I am heading up to the Delaware Water Gap to fly fish for shad. I have never tried it before. Last few years with the spawning stripers in decline they have seen and improvement in the shad fishing as the stripers aren't around in the numbers to eat up the young, like in previous years. Have a friend who fishes there and he is going to show me the ropes. Looking forward to it and it looks like it will be a nice day. Long 3 1/2 hour drive each way, but I will have a good time no matter what. Will report on Wednesday.
  • 04-30-2018, 03:00 PM
    FREDRICK
    Quote Originally Posted by CapeMayRay View Post
    Fredrick, that is an impressive catch for your first trip this early in the season. Sounds like you figured out what you need to do to catch in saltwater. Just keep doing what you are doing as the fishing should get even better as the water gets a little warmer. Good luck on your next trips
    Thanks Ray , I try to get out at least once a week for fishing and I'm always looking for like minded individuals to fish with , most guys cant either keep up or are henpecked and never get out. Then there are the guys that only want to fish how they want to . If there is a specific hatch on a certain body of water that might be happening and the moon is in its third qtr. and the stream flow table is perfect at xyz cfs they can fish no other day but that one day and there is no other opportunity that is worthy their time . Unfortunately my saltwater outings will have to be on hold for a few weeks, how is it over there ? Is it me or has this year been one the windiest I can remember ?
  • 04-27-2018, 02:21 PM
    CapeMayRay
    Fredrick, that is an impressive catch for your first trip this early in the season. Sounds like you figured out what you need to do to catch in saltwater. Just keep doing what you are doing as the fishing should get even better as the water gets a little warmer. Good luck on your next trips
  • 04-27-2018, 10:18 AM
    FREDRICK
    Took the yak out for its maiden voyage in the salt on 4/22 place was a mad house googans everywhere the whole beach was lined up with guys dunking bait tons of boats out as well . Since this is new territory for me I spent an hour and 1/2 just trying to get a feel for everything and locate the fish . The area I launched and was fishing the temp on my fishfinder was reading 50 degrees I notice that I was spotting anyone else catching so I decided to find warmer water . After a little searching I found an area that the water was 4 degrees warmer and sure enough I started catching fish . I had a steady catch of smaller stripers in the 15-19" range which for me was a great time on the water for my first time out on the yak . But I got a little itch that wanted to find some bigger bass so I started to search a little more then I found them they were hanging around a ledge that had a two feet drop off .The bass were in the upper 20's to low 30's range. Unfortunately my sitter was getting cranky and wanted to be relived of duty . So I played around a little more until I caught one of the bigger fish and it measured out at 24" and put on a nice fight took some photos and then headed back . I was so disappointed to be leaving after finding some nicer fish and then have to leave them biting but I had easily a 15 plus fish day on my first salt outing in the yak when I was expecting to get the skunk on my first time out .
  • 04-22-2018, 06:42 PM
    CapeMayRay
    REN good to hear you got out and had some action. With the still very cold water the fish feel like they have been on ice when you pick them up.

    Went out again today at 2:00 pm to work the out going tides, thinking the weather would be a little nicer and we would have less wind, but there was a fairly decent wind off the ocean making boat handling a little more sporty fishing behind the waves on the beach. Ocean water today was 46 to 49 degrees and it felt cold especially with the wet hands from fly fishing. Didn't do as well today as we expected. We caught only 2 of the 4 fish we hooked with the biggest striper going 22 inches. Again all the action was on chartreuse/white clousers on sinking line. We got our fish in the first hour and after a second hour with no hits we called a day.
  • 04-22-2018, 05:50 PM
    sparse grey
    Nice to hear you are around REN. Good to see a flounder also. Did not get any in Sebastion this Dec.
  • 04-22-2018, 05:49 PM
    sparse grey
    Sorry I can't remember the guy in Brig. Someone here please help. The guy down here is the "French Guy", Serge Thomas. Went 2/2 dark AM yesterday & made the end of the outgoing in the PM. 0/0. Home early, 11:00 P.M.
  • 04-22-2018, 07:16 AM
    Red Eye Nester

    4/22/17 Report

    Got out around 2am fished a couple hours in some pretty urban well lit backwater.
    picked 7 or 8 small small bass Attachment 418354
    and a couple of these guys(skinny)Attachment 418362

    All caught on a 3/8 Kalin jig w/pinky, fish were not aggressive. Hope too see some bigger ones soon. Not a fly report, but a report.
  • 04-21-2018, 08:35 PM
    Red Eye Nester
    Nice Ray - waters finally warming up, this am the local tackle shop in AC said it was 47 and I thought he may be reaching but believe it after reading your report.

    Winds dropping out, I'm gonna peddle up and hit some lights after the tide turns later on.
  • 04-21-2018, 08:11 PM
    CapeMayRay
    Finally today with the nicer weather I put the boat in for the season. Even with a fairly stiff wind my buddy and I decided to go out and fish for a couple of hours after getting the boat situated in the slip. It was fairly windy and cold but pretty decent compared to what we have had. We headed to the ocean. On the way out there was a decent amount of dolphins working around the inlet. There was no big sea swell but a lot of white caps and cop in the ocean. The water was 48 to 50 degrees and pretty clean Using the electric bow mounted motor worked in close to the surf line and in 8 th 4 feet outside the surf line we found our first stripers of the season. We fished for 2 hours and got 5 stripers on chartreuse/white clouser flies using sinking line to get the fly down close to the bottom. I got the two biggest of the day a 23 and 23 1/2 incher.

    End of the trip with the wind letting up a bit we tried around the inlet but found it dead other than the dolphin watching boats watching a large pack go down the beach.

    It was a good way to start the season and felt good to get out on the water again. Now that there are a few fish around and it is a little warmer I hope to start doing charters soon.

  • 04-20-2018, 08:42 PM
    CapeMayRay
    Still have not put the boat in the water. Last night the winds were honking and my wind gauge it 37 mph and it was blowing too hard all day. Late in the afternoon the winds let up a bit and went freshwater fishing 4:45 to 6:45 It felt pretty cold with the wind and wet hands, but managed 3 hits and caught all three. Two Crappie and a pickerel on small bait fish pattern worked slow. Water felt like ice with my breathable waders. Hope to at least get the boat in this weekend.
  • 04-19-2018, 07:47 AM
    FREDRICK
    Quote Originally Posted by sparse grey View Post
    Having trouble posting again. If this gets through, I have a good friend down here who is great with a kayak & fly gear. I can be a go between if you want. Let me know any specific questions you have & I will relay. Also, there was a fellow on this board how had a kayak shop near or in Brigantine who I know could help.
    Yeah id definitely be interested . Ray I'm typically off every Wednesday if you get board and want to fish kayak, boat or wade I'm game.
  • 04-17-2018, 07:03 AM
    rob
    Ron,

    Can you ping me the name of the kayak guy around Brig? I have a neighbor interested in a kayak for the salt (non fishing) and I've been telling him to talk with someone before going to Dick's sporting goods or wherever.
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