04.11.14 Me and Joe, 8 hours, one fish....
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
16h ago
      Me and Delaware Joe hit it at 6 am and finished at 2pm. We did take a break for breakfast. Flies, plugs, bucktails, bait....you name it. Only thing to show for it was this nice smallmouth that took a 7inch fly.  ..read more
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04.08.24 "No Lunar Eclipse bass for you.."
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
3d ago
     2024 Lunar Eclipse. Image taken at 1531 hrs. Lot's of cloud cover. Stayed north. No bites.       Earlier in the day my clinical group finished up at Clara Maass- Class of 2025.  ..read more
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04.08.24 "We're gonna need a bigger fly..."
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
4d ago
     That opening line of course taken from the movie JAWS. If the above gizzard shad, which went about 14 inches, is what bigger fish are eating then I'll need to add a lot more material to my ties.       With the weather up and some of my regular "why change it" flies getting beat to shit it was time to sit down and wrap some hooks. I started with some darker colored flies for low light before going  through my fly wallets and seeing what I needed. One of my go-to's, which I was going to catch a fish on even if there were two strands of Squimpish ..read more
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04.07.24 Maybe I should have joined in the fun...
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
5d ago
     For so many opening day of trout season is an annual ritual. I used to do it, mostly in my early fishing years in the off-color and underwater maze of debris in the Manasquan River. Most of the fish I caught would be filleted and placed in aluminum foil only to wind up solid in a block of ice at the bottom of the freezer.  On my way for slightly bigger fish I stopped before the 8am start and talked with the above guys. They were talking of the current water conditions and the inevitable question that always comes up, "I wonder if they put a lot of fish here?". Ang ..read more
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04.06.24 What's next? The locusts?....
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by The Average Angler
6d ago
       No new news here as you all know we had some earthquakes and aftershocks hit New Jersey yesterday. I first heard of them from Theresa who works in Lawrence and she and her colleques felt the building shake. As did my daughter in Brooklyn. And everyone else in between and not in-between. I didn't feel a thing. Not the 4.8, the 2.6, our last evenings 4.0. At first I thought the epicenter was about 10 miles north of me but I have learned it was 37 miles away, probably the same distance to NYC.      What I did learn is that my town, Hopewell, as Titusvi ..read more
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04.05.24 Things are on hold for most of us....
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by The Average Angler
1w ago
     I can't tell you how many times I used the words Yoo-hoo or chocolate milk to describe various waters that have be blown out due to rain. It has occurred on the Upper Delaware for trout, the lower Delaware near me, and the salty bays and rivers. Generally when I see this I'm done. Now sometimes it's fun floating and streamer fishing when it's on its way up but it usually takes time on the flip side to recede and clean up a bit. And there's that fine line between off-color and unfishable, but the fish do eat when it's kinda off.       I saw the above r ..read more
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04.04.24 Ye-ha, fun times...
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
1w ago
  And it hasn't even crested yet. It's good for the fishes though and always better than a drought. I have fished the last two days, before and after work, not surprisingly....nothing. Was thinking maybe some fish pushed to the bank and were starving to death. If they did go for the fly they would have been knocked unconscious by the debris flowing down the river.  ..read more
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04.02.24 Watch out this could be coming your way...
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by The Average Angler
1w ago
     Yepper. Recreational striped bass fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries is closed April 1st through May 15th. That's a statement right there. Don't be surprised if you see more things like that in and around New Jersey and the New York Bight. All of those pre-spawn waters like the Delaware River, the Raritan Bay and the Hudson River could be next. North Carolina has shut down their harvest fishery in and around the Roanoke River. Catch and release fishing is still allowed.     And then we have the Delaware River and the three border states, New Jers ..read more
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04.01.24 Got a nice 40 pounder to end March....
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
1w ago
       Ok, April Fools. And not only did I not catch a big fish March 2024 will go down as a one fish month. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. I did. I was able to see, or talk top, almost all of my family during some part of the day. But yesterday was all about the big move. Juliet found a place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to call home. Of course it was on the top floor of the above building and if I didn't have a heart attack after that then my left ventricle must be in good shape. Can't say enough how proud I am of her. Moving to a new part of the city, alone, without know ..read more
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03.31.24 Only 24 hours after the post dropped...
The Average Angler
by The Average Angler
1w ago
     When I saw all the fire department participation down by the river I had a bad feeling. When I was on the job holiday weekends weren't the time to hold drills. Especially cold water ones. So it was really no surprise to me that the alarm was struck for a body in the water. This went down around 1 pm and I  took the above picture at 137. Yesterday's post details this exact scenario after writing on the similar tragic situation that occurred in the Navesink River just a few days ago. At first I thought this was a body recovery but I'm learning, and hoping, things we ..read more
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