Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 1, 2018, "Never going back to Raritan", By Alexi

Well, maybe not until the fall.

"I've got a tide chart"


Wind and current and tide and a full moon, all pulling us out to sea.  It's OK, that's where the fish are.

According to the boat ramp intel, the fish are by the Navy pier.  (Basically to Sandy Hook from Keyport)

We're doing a good 4-5 mph troll without much effort.

Steve finally gets his Raritan keeper.

Raritan bay Striper
The bite is all in water over 15 feet.

I get a total of 3, 29-34"

Raritan Striper

Stripers of Raritan in May

The paddle back is pretty brutal.  We didn't stay quite long enough for the tide to switch.

 Omar needed to be fed.

The end

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Last Week: Ups and Downs, By Alexi

We, the fisher-people of the universe, know the reality very well- fishing is fishing and catching is catching.  Sometimes you go out in seemingly perfect conditions and get skunked!  Well, that is exactly what happened to Perchman and I last Wednesday in Raritan Bay.....

Overcast, a slight fog, low pressure, and light wind.  Overall absolutely perfect conditions...why were we skunked?  Maybe it was the effect of the rain from the day before, maybe it as simple as a lull between waves of migrating fish entering Raritan to go to their spawning grounds.  Maybe the fish were on the other side.  Maybe the fish were there and just weren't feeding.  In any case, getting skunked is a part of fishing, and I might say "I'm never fishing in Raritan again" after a trip like that, and then two days later go back and try again.   This might be a sign of insanity in some instances, but in regards to fishing it is de rigueur.

Wednesday might have been a horrible day for catching, but last Monday, April 23, was a banner day.  I trolled a 3 ounce Mojo clear across Raritan and hooked into 4 fish from 29-36 inches.

I tagged and released all 4 fish that I landed for American Littoral Society.  Perchman had trolled a tube-n-worm and a Mojo intermittently and was successful with several fish up to 28"

the end