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Capt. Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne is a charter captain and fishing addict. He holds the current IGFA weakfish 30# line-class record, & guided his two sons to IGFA records of their own. "Catching stripers for 40 years, I love releasing big fish to catch them another day!"

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April 01, 2012

Not so Fast....

by Capt. Steve Byrne

It's funny how 40 degrees in December seems warm, but the same 40 degrees in April feels cold. I think it's because those 40-degree days in December are the last of the fishing season for most of us. Knowing you have a few days left to the fishing season makes the cold seem not as cold. We're willing to put up with more discomfort.

The beginning of the year, naturally, is the opposite. Sure, I can't wait to start fishing again, but when it's 38 degrees and I know there's a bunch of warm fishing days ahead….well, that 38 degrees feels a lot colder.

I waited until 9AM before going to the boat, so it was up around 45 degrees – definitely an improvement over 38. The short story is that I caught no fish.

Bunker were there, but they were scattered and in small pods. I spent the first half hour throwing soft plastic in some shallow water; no swings, hits or misses. Then I checked out the bunker situation. Like I said, the pods were small so I was only able to net a few. I chunked for an hour and a half and did not get a bump.

On the positive side the boat ran well, bunker and bass are here and the water temperature was 51.2 degrees. It's possible that the last two days of clouds, cooler temperatures and light rain have made the fish that are here, more lethargic than they were last week.

I hoped to follow the chunks picture with a nice shot of a striper....

It's just a matter of time.

Comments (2)

luyen wrote 9 years ago

Hey Steve - great posts. They are in Jamaica Bay. I caught my first last Friday - a nice, fat, 34" fish. I saw a guy troll one up as well. Bite was sluggish, but they were there and lighting up the fish finder. Didn't see the bunker. Temp was 49.6. Back out this Friday....

Steve Byrne wrote 9 years ago

Thanks luyen - end of this week should be good - lots of sunny days before Friday. I have to balance painting the house with fishing....

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