November 2007 Report
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November 29, 2007 - PA Flows
If you are like us, we are always keeping two eyes
on the water flows throughout the state of PA - - via the fantastic
website. There is not a better tool for monitoring your favorite
water since just about every major watershed has a gauge at
one point or another.
Lake levels can also be followed. For instance a chart of Francis
E Walter is located to the right. This time of year the
Corps likes to maintain the lake at a 1,300' level - aka 'conservation
pool.' Lately they have been having a tough time due to the
relatively consistant rainfall pattern NE PA has been in. Just
for size perspective - when the FEW rises to 1,335' - about
5% of storage is being utilized. A drop in the bucket.
November 28, 2007 - NJ Salt
The most recent outing brought with it some tough
fishing. Yes, there were fish to be had - the group got a few,
but after the initial first light to mid-morning action - things
died very quickly. It soon became very apparent that everything
was off shore - way off shore in fact. Sometimes that happens.
However, despite the lack of fish, there was still a decent
about of bait. Some was spraying here and there, but most was
being picked off by an endless progression of birds - mainly
gulls. No gannets this time. Water temps are still conducive
to holding bait and preds, but what we need right now is a bit
of an on-shore blow to bring everything to your feet. Something
else to consider is the substantial change in the weather pattern
coming up in the next few days. Big weather makers can produce
a feed prior. Any way you slice it, we will be out there hitting
it this coming weekend. Dress warm!
Standard schoolie striper.
24, 2007 - Update
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our
readers! For FFPA
- time on the water has taken a backseat to family over the
last few days - but that does not mean there are still not fish
to be had. Word is the bass are still around in numbers and
in the near-shore surfzone despite the run of warm weather and
honking south winds which preceeded the Holiday. South winds
can and have definitely shut down the fishing in the past and
for the most part a south wind is not a favorable fishing wind.
However, the reason for the bass to still be holding is due
to the fact of the abundance of bait that is still holding tight
to the beaches. We are looking at a combo of bunker and sandeels
at this point. It is prime time to get out there and hit it!
We have a full slate of outtings planned in the coming weeks
- with a good crew of anglers. Hopefully, if the weather holds,
we will have some real-time reports on the flip-side. Until
then, don't eat too many lefovers!
Magic hour and greasy seas are perfect together.
19, 2007 - NJ Salt
More salt action, and more blitzing fish. This time
the weather was much more extreme, with an in-your-face NE wind
along with some stinging rain. This however, is striper weather
- and the fish did not disappoint. Schoolies up to keepers right
in the wash and along the rocks. The action began first thing
in the am, with birds working the outer bar...and then it was
like someone opened the gate. All of a sudden the birds were
in the trough, and so were the bass. Lots of whitewater and
very confused water flows, created the perfect set-up for the
predators to ambush. After this action died, the rocks lit up.
If it was not for the freshening NE wind, and an incoming tide,
making the rocks even more dangerous, it is anyone's guess as
to how long the action would have lasted. All day the conditions
were borderline fly fishable...but due to the fact that the
fish were so tight to the shoreline, you did not have to cast
to far. If you kept your rod tip low...you could punch your
fly. Lightening fast line speed also was key.
November 15, 2007 - NJ Salt
Epic! That is the only way to describe the beach scene over
the last few days. Blues up to gator size on peanuts right at
your feet. For the fly angler this is what it is all about.
The key to succes this time round was a weather window that
in the past has been known to produce blitz conditions. This
time, Dean was dialed in and nailed the call. Soon after hitting
the beach...the nearshore zone, erupted with acre-size areas
of blues just ripping it up. Peanuts flying, along with gulls,
and gannets bombing. Following the blues around on more of the
stealthy tip were some bass - very chunky bass! Our guess is
that after dark the bass most likely turned on. Now is the time
to start hitting the beach. Things are starting to look up!
Our Salt Package
still has some openings. Check it out.
One of Dean's choppers!
10, 2007 - Update
Right now the weather gods are not being too kind to the weekend-warrior
salt fly angler. The past few days of the workweek featured
some very fly friendly surf conditions and some decent fishing
from what we hear, but as you guessed, come the weekend - the
surf is churning big time. The bait guys are probably cleaning
up, but with so much whitewater, it is very doubtful a fly would
produce much interest. With the season moving along at a pretty
slow clip at this point, and a somewhat warm for this time of
year ocean, the predators will most-like be around for quite
And right around the corner is our annual Fall
Whether you are a newbie to the salt, or an experienced angler,
this trip is a blast and you will come away with plenty more
salt knowledge then before the outting. If you are interested
you can read more about it on our Package
Deal page, or just shoot us an email.
Weather pending...look for some real-time salt reports in
the coming days. Till then...tight lines
Bait and fish at your feet. This is what it is
November 6, 2007 - Update
Maybe the cold weather moving into the area will give the salt
the jump-start that it needs. Typically, it is November when
things start to really turn on. Up to now there has been nothing
to write home about...the season has been a slow one for sure.
Lehigh Note...this past weekend the LRSA
with help from the LCFA
float-stocked approximately 8,000 fingerlings from the Glen
Onoko area down to Walnutport. Some beats got a few more than
others, but for the most part the fish were evenly distributed
throughout. Pictured to the right is the rig
used to transport the fish.