…got here just a few days late this yr. Lastly managed to get out on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Stored listening to stories of the fish being up river already, however Steve and I selected to launch down river at Milford quite than up at Sunnyside anyway.
Water temp was mid-forties. Air temp was sub-freezing at launch and predicted to achieve 40 by mid-day. Actual world although, it was 33 after we pulled the boat out of the water.
Fished from about 7 till simply previous midday, and boated properly in extra of 100 stripers. The early chunk was largely 21 to 24 inch schoolies with one 29 incher within the combine. After carrying out that bunch of fish, we moved a brief distance up river and located a considerably sooner chunk with comparable sized fish, that additionally produced a 33 incher for Steve. I by no means did get a picture-worthy fish, however after a pair week layoff from fishing, I used to be extra inquisitive about getting bit and setting the hook as many instances as humanly potential.
However that chunk finally tapered off, and we have been on the transfer once more. Discovered a great chunk a pair miles down the river, and rode that horse till it slowed to to a trot, then a stroll. Again on the transfer.
We discovered discovered a fairly scorching chunk proper have been we’d been catching them couple hours earlier. Sadly, the brand new faculty that had moved in later within the tide gave the impression to be largely 17 to twenty inch fish as an alternative of the 21 to 24s that have been there earlier. Did we wish to go in search of greater fish, or simply benefit from the quick motion? I voted for the latter possibility, as a result of the 2 issues I get pleasure from most in fishing, are sensing the chunk and setting the hook, and I wanted a heavy dose of each.
Appeared like everybody on the decrease part of the river will need to have run out of motion at about the identical time, as a result of a lot of the anglers nonetheless on the market have been quickly idling round looking at their depth finder screens. The group of smaller fish we’d discovered will need to have been the one biters round, as a result of earlier than lengthy there have been 5 or 6 boats lined up inside about an 800 foot stretch of river.
One factor we each famous was that though the overwhelming majority of the fish we positioned on Sunday morning have been inside a pair toes of backside in 15 to twenty+ toes of water, we caught way more if we saved our jig & plastic choices excessive within the water column — typically inside 3 or 4 toes of the floor. I saved telling myself I ought to strive a jerkbait, however we have been getting bit with such frequency that I didn’t actually wish to take care of taking my gloves off to take away treble hooks from the fish. Not enjoyable in any respect with frozen fingers. Plus, the present was working in our favor to maintain our lures at about the correct depth on the swing.
As soon as the tide turned and that chunk died fully, we pulled up stakes and stayed cellular, selecting off one right here and a pair there till the catch charge wasn’t adequate to endure the chilly any longer. We have been off the water by 12:15.
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