Well, I think this just about does it for me. I have gotten most of the gear out of the car.....tackle boxes, Battles Boxes, Surf Bags, rods N reels, etc. have all been taken in. But ofcourse I did find it very painful, as usual, so there is still one 7' St. Croix Tidemaster in there with a box of various plugs lol. But I dont think I'll be using it. Waders and gortex gear are also put away.
What a year! The clean-up in April went very well, better than expected. And to all those who volunteered their time on a miserable drizzly Sunday morning, THANK YOU
. Even though our efforts are very appreciated by various folks, the State D.O.T. has decided to block off access to the railroad bed because of another influx of littering, illegal dumping, poaching, underage drinking/drug abuse, and other various types of degenerate behavior.
The Spring Run started early this year for me, with quality fish between 15 and 22 pounds being landed upriver starting the middle of May, most of which were caught using artificials. There was also a great deal of various sized schoolies upriver this Spring, with a special liking for topwater poppers. Great fun in the early morning hours. Much better than last year! It was a great Spring until the big storm we were hit with around the end of May. Rained almost a week straight, and the runoff from all the water really pummeled the dams and the Herring Run. It was pretty much unfishable for that week. Unfortunately I did not return to my normal Spring patterns after that storm, and did not fish far upriver the whole month of June. Cant wait till next Spring!!!!!!
Instead of focusing on normal patterns, I had the privilege to fish with and learn under the tutelage of Roccus Joe through most of the Spring and throughout the Summer. All I can say is this....I saw more "quality" fish, the ones between about 15 and 25 pounds, this year than I have in the past 5 or 6 years combined LMAO. Along with that, I was also lucky enough to hook up with a few beautiful fish over 30 pounds, one being my "record breaker" at 35.5 pounds. A very large THANK YOU
to Roc for the guidance, lessons, and chats throughout the whole season. Thank goodness I was with Roc when I caught the 35, because if anyone else had been at the helm where we were, I do not think I would have landed that fish at all. So thanks Roc!
And the Fall Run...this year was also much more productive than last season. All around, this year far exceeded last seasons action. This Fall reminded me alot of the Fall of '02 and '03. Those years the fish could also be found around the end of Oct. So things seem to be similar on that end. As far as my findings go, I would have to say that the fish definitely showed up early in good numbers, and have stayed around late overall, thus making it a very very good year th_icon_
In the end, I think I kept 1 fish, the first keeper of the year, a nice 17 pounder which I gave to my brother Don and his family as I do every Spring. I think I may alter that tradition though next Spring, and keep the 2nd
keeper lol. Why? Cuz the fish treated me so well this season!!!
So yup, a very great year overall. Met some new people, made new friends, caught beautiful fish, and enjoyed every second of it. Now I am preparing to do battle with Ol' Man Winter......I'm gearing up and readying for the fight.....
Spring!....please come fairly quickly!!!