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    Fishing 2019

    And the sun has set on eastern ski season 2018-19



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    Time to fish. April and early May were pretty brutal; lots of rain and out of control flow rates on rivers and streams made any trout fishing with waders almost impossible. Tried on 5/17 but the Esopus Creek had other ideas. Even with a 4.5 foot wading staff I found trying to stand in the strong currents uncomfortable. And the flow caused the trout to dive for the depths and stay there. Steve's fishing cabin near Woodland Valley Creek was very inviting and cozy though

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    After being driven off the Esopus we headed west to Pepacton reservoir. After bushwacking about 1.5 miles in to a nice gradual point we landed 7 or 8 decent smallmouths. Waders are great for wading into cold river water but not so comfortable bushwacking in humid 75 degree weather. Pretty hot, but also good tick protection.

    Got out on the East Branch on 5/27 had a nice row. Yellow perch were biting on the troll. Caught a bunch of small and largemouth bass including a lot of small males. Good sized smallmouths were tucked up on shore and only casts that were thrown almost on to shore were productive. Any onshore cast near fallen wood triggered surface bites. Exciting and frustrating at the same time, many fish get away, tough to hook them. Hooked a nice 4 pounder that got off.

    Hit Rye Lake on 5/31. More surface action, the fish were more aggressive this day and we landed a few nice ones but nothing special. Great weather and good fishing. Looking forward to June when bass season starts. Happy hour on Rye Lake

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    No fish pics yet waiting for the big boys to wake up. Trout fishing might be good in June if the rain stops for a while.

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    Got out on the East Branch Friday 6/28 with my youngest son James. Fishing was better than a week previous but not great. Lot's of fun though we caught about a dozen 1.5-2 pound largemouths. All of them were plenty fat:

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    Best part of the day was early on about 45 minutes after we shoved off. I spotted a carp wallowing near shore on the first island and told James to cast over to it. It was his best cast of the day as he dropped his worm right on top of the fish. Even more amazing was that he snagged it on its' dorsal fin (which I have seen happen several times before with other fishermen). A 10 minute battle ensued until James tired the fish out enough to get it along side the boat. This was an enormous carp, easily 25 pounds. I think we were both a little astounded and our momentary admiration gave the carp the last opportunity to thrash and get off the hook. Just as well, what a fight!

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    Did a repeat on Friday 9/13 solo. Conditions very similar except for one thing...the wind. Instead of being directly from the east it was northeasterly. The northern component made it colder (I wore a jacket most of the morning) and it was blowing at a faster speed. Whereas on Labor day the worm was the ticket, today it was useless. All fish caught on lures. The boat was usually moving too fast for worm fishing.

    So I did a lot of rowing and trolling. Finally found some white perch, caught a nice one trolling then stayed in the area and caught a few smaller ones on a #2 silver fox.
    That was it until the end of the old weed bed where I was able to park the boat against some exposed rocks and cast. The rocks are part of a wall that extends out and down from shore. My first cast that lined up with the wall on retrieve got me a nice largemouth:

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    That was my last fishing spot of the day and I headed back in. I left at 12:30 with the distinct impression that the fishing was turning on.

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    Scotty looking to buy a Belleayre pass for next season. Nice.

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    Hot and humid yesterday 7/5. With Mike and Karl in the boat rowing was an amazing workout. Sweated buckets and drank a lot of water.

    Fishing was good. A real pan fish fest. I caught a dozen bluegills, 6 decent white perch and a few yellow perch. Mike caught a half dozen 1-2 lb. largemouths. Karl caught some pan fish too and hooked his first good sized smallmouth. I was disappointed I did not hook any bass until I caught this very nice smallmouth at the end of the day:

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    Worth the work.

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    Decided to go to the Catskills on 9/20. Steve and I hiked/waded Pepacton reservoir which was as low as I have ever seen it. That made for long hikes to get to open water, not a ton of fun wearing waders. Seemed like being in the desert with the heat and blazing sun. And the fish were not biting.

    Lost the waders in the afternoon and stuck to wet wading. More comfortable for me, but it did not inspire the fish to bite. Saw a few small fish but I caught nothing. In fact, we were skunked at the reservoir. Only fish we caught were a few trout at a private stream we had to trespass on to fish. Lucky to not get caught.

    Last few days have been like mid-summer. Hopefully we are done with that after today.

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    Got out on Rye lake last Friday 6/7. Warm hazy sunshine made me think that plastics would be the ticket. Rigged up a Gary Yamamoto 5" senko and never looked back. My buddy Steve used a crankbait for about 10 minutes and switched to the worm after watching me catch 3 bass in 10 casts. We caught a good selection of small and largemouth bass including many nice ones. These 2 hog largemouths were the biggest of the day:

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    Bass season officially opens on 6/15.

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    Hit Rye Lake about 3:30 7/12. Not only was it hot and humid there was also a strong NW wind to deal with. Whitecaps forced us to take a perpendicular tack and we wound up at a southeast facing cove with about 300 yards of great looking shoreline; lots of rocks, boulders and deep water access. Nice and shady too. We rowed down to the end of the cove and let the nice breeze blow us back along the cove.

    We immediately started catching bass both large and smallmouths. Several were good sized. When we got to the end of the cove we rowed back against the breeze and repeated the same drift. And we caught a few more bass. Rinse and repeat. Stayed in the same spot for the next 4 hours. The bass were super healthy:

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    We headed to a few other spots on the way back and caught nothing. At least the wind was now in our favor. Got back to the boat spot at 8:30. Awesome when you find where all the fish are biting.

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    Back to morning action at the EB on 9/28; out at 7:30 and the small island was active. Bass were hitting the surface about 30 feet offshore all around the island. Started out with a Rapala but changed over to a medium crawdad Big-O that had better float. Finally enticed a largemouth to bite, then got another hit on the retrieve on my next cast and landed this fine smallmouth:
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    Landed another smallmouth and headed to the boulder where I caught 2 more largemouths. First 2 1/2 hours pretty phenomenal and then the fishing just died. A misty and cool morning gave way to high clouds which then burned off and the day turned clear, sunny and hot. Fished from shore on the second island at the old weedbed, ate lunch, drifted the old weedbed and called it a day at 12:30.
    Will probably fish another 2 times or so and call it a season.

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