Archive for April, 2011

American Shad Fishing is Heating Up Now

Of all the fishing charters that I run in Northern NJ at various freshwater locations from spring through fall, there is nothing quite as exciting to me as the annual spring American shad run on the Delaware River. For the dedicated group of shad-loving folks on the Delaware River that are certifiable ‘shad nuts’, the sheer strength of an 8 pound+ female shad at the end of the line is what sustains us year-to-year. Catching these fish is truly a blast!

I’m receiving excellent reports from people ‘down south’ on the Delaware River about big catches and larger size fish this year, so I expect some great things for this year’s annual shad run in the northern areas of the Delaware River that I fish. I picked up four new 7′ ultralight rods for use on my downrigggers this year to add even more sport to an already exciting fish fighting opportunity.

I’ll be starting up those trips quite soon in the northern NJ parts of the river, and I hope to have you out there on a great American shad trip this year. Once you get to feel a strong American shad fresh from the ocean at the end of your line, you’ll probably end up becoming a certifiable “shad nut” too.

For now… fish on!

Regards,
Steve

Early Spring Fishing

I’ve been quite busy over at Spruce Run Reservoir this early part of the fishing season.  This particular spring is remaining quite cool and wet for extended periods of time, and that is surely keeping this lake’s water a lot colder (mid to upper 40’s) then it should be by the mid-April time frame.  My main target species of northern pike are being caught, but not in numbers that I would expect to see by now.  I expect as spring moves forward, and we start getting warmer days ahead and the water temps eventually rise up into the 50’s, that we’ll start to see the pike catches increase accordingly. 

As we try for pike, we have instead been hitting rather big smallmouth and largemouth bass pretty well… casting larger spinners towards flooded bushes, or while trolling minnow plugs with the intent of catching northern pike in waters up to 10′ deep, is instead resulting in picking up some really nice bass.   I have also seen numerous fish markings in the deeper holes of this lake.  Most likely what I’m seeing on the fish finder are hybrid stripers still holding down deep in their ‘wintering’  pattern. 

Also, looking ahead just a bit, I’ve picked up four very ‘whipy’ 7′ baitcasting rods for use on my downriggers for American shad.  I’ll be starting up those Delaware River American shad trips soon in April, and these things are going to be an absolute blast when fighting a very strong shad on the river.  I absolutely cannot wait to get out there and use those new rods for shad soon!

For now… fish on!

Steve

2011 Season Opening

I’m participating at the NJ State Trout Hatchery’s Annual Open House this weekend, Sat 4/2 – Sun 4/3. This is always a great place to bring the family, so if you come to this event, please be sure stop by at my tent and say hi. Information and directions to the NJ Trout Hatchery

Hopefully, what surely feels now like an extended “winter” will actually end sometime in April, and we can say hello to spring once again. I’ll be picking up again with running my northern pike trips at Spruce Run once the last show is over. That’s a great spring trip! My Dad who came out with me and my brother a couple of weeks back on a northern pike trip. He’s getting older now, but he still had a great time landing some nice pike that day.

As always, please note that the choice dates for the Delaware River American shad fishing trips tend to fill up fast as we get closer to the start of that season. I hope to get you out on the water to hookup with a big roe shad this year (Big Al even after a few years gone by now still holds the ‘best shad pic’ award). I’ve been looking around for some 7′ foot ultralight action rods to replace the shorter ultralights I’ve been using for a while now, it should be even more of a blast to fight a big roe shad on something even longer and soft! Very nice!

There are lots of great trip options with Fishin’ Fun Charters for sure! I look forward very much to having you out with me on the water this coming season for a great fishing trip or two.

Regards,

Steve