May 2011

Stripers Are In…

Thought I’d share a little imagery from my maiden voyage to the James River in Richmond VA for a little striper action this past weekend. Based on Papa Bear’s last post with snow blanketing the greater North East region — the slice of heaven that is Central Virginia should look more and more like Nirvana to those looking to get out on the water for some spring fishing that actually feels like spring.

Richmond’s forecast Saturday was such:  80 degrees, Sunny, wind at 3mph.   Urban fishing at its finest…  my commute to the water is ~5 minutes.

 

From there, a little paddling upstream to the fall line’s main channel makes you have to work for you catch, especially rowing alone.  But within 30 minutes I got into several of these…

…fishing in the same old Coleman canoe I grew up fishing from in upstate NY, courtesy of my Grandfather.  Tight lines he’d always say.  Would’ve loved to have him out there with me.  But I wasn’t completely alone…

 

It was well deserved after a few more of these were landed:

 

Of course the biggest fish was lost at the side of the boat, but all in all 7 fish landed over 3 hours.  Chartreuse and white clouser minnow patterns and jigs did the trick. Not a stellar day by any stretch — but a most enjoyable outing for sure.

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Spring is springing

This was early March and now things are green. A super wet spring has given the trout a very nice reprieve and the carryover till next year will be good. Now that turkey season is open many fishermen are after them and with the weather warming lawns need mowing and wives are yelling and things need grilling, you get the picture, safe trout. The high price of gas and video games are helping also to make some of the best trout fishing there has been in forever. Thanks to informed fishermen and conservation minded bag limits, trout fishing is getting better and better, get out there and enjoy it. Other than that things are pretty quiet the last few days as I sit here with my broken ankle. I am starting to limp around a little however. Bye all.

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The fun just keeps coming

Wow what a spring! The water just keeps falling and if this keeps up I will be starting a new company that builds arks. Once it warms up there is going to be some fantastic fishing with the rivers being at these heights going into May. I anticipate June as being amazing up in the Adirondacks, with fly hatches reaching biblical proportions on a daily basis. I highly recommend giving me a call about coming up to sample some of the best trout fishing in the country. I am anticipating this year being one that features some videos that will be jaw dropping. We are in our 10th year of mandated catch and release policies and the results are showing. The average fish ten years ago was 10-14 inches, now it is 16-18 with numerous fish in the 20+ range. This is as good as it gets anywhere and you can drive here in one day from most of the east coast. Give us a call I don’t think you will regret it!!!!

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THUNDER STICKS

Not this thunder stick but that was the hot item for the guys at lake Ontario the other day. They ended up with 15 Browns and 4 salmon plus a lot of short strikers. They also said that a few other boats did even better on the edge of the stained water and by the way they were fishing out of Mexico Bay and not Oswego Harbor. Turkey season has now started and some monsters have been taken with one 22#, 9 inch beard and another one 20 # with a 11 inch beard. Oh yeah plus they got Bin Laden and he had like a 15 inch beard, so all in all it was a FANTASTIC opening day. They got the biggest turkey of all. Streams continue to remain high and more rain is on the way. The northern ADK have been spared and water levels aren’t that bad. The trout are having an easy year so far as far as the anglers go.

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