Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Not yet the last snow

Freeze last night "down the shore", as well as tonight.

Had sleet on the ground this morning, snow inland.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Moon

The average calendrical month, which is 112 of a year, is about 30.44 days, while the Moon's phase (synodic) cycle repeats on average every 29.53 days. Therefore the timing of the Moon's phases shifts by an average of almost one day for each successive month.

Next "big" moon for fishing is on tax day, April 15th.

Not only will their be a lunar eclipse, but almost guaranteed the herring will have moved up the rivers, with stripers following.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Went looking around for trout or panfish after work yesterday (ok, left a little early!).

Stopped at a new spot in Medford Village, looking at a trip to the Rancocas Creek, locally called
Haynesport Creek. Next to a ballfied, it looks like it's damned up somewhere downstream and I didn't see any NJ F&W trout stocking signs....not good :(

So, stayed and watched some high school ball for a couple of batters and then left for Batsto.

I'm not big on fishing stillwater, except as a last resort near home, where we are littered with ponds.

But Batsto has the Mullica river running down into a "lake" within the park itself, with a spillway/fish ladder
and a good "portage" for kayak/canoes around the spillway. I like to fish this stretch in the spring looking for herring (a good sign that striped bass are "in") and panfish.

Today, I found neither but did run into some toothy critters:

I worked a mickey finn for a while, with no success... now I know why:
these big guys were hanging around in the shallows.

switched to an olive and chartreuse woolly bugger with a weed guard (not really needed, but actually helped
"cull" some smaller pickerel :) ) and started getting whacked right away.

got a smaller pickerel first... was happy enough, and was getting hits and misses (re: weedguard)
then ran into this one.

Actually was a nice battle on the 3wt, had a 7' tapered leader, believe it was 4x! so, being
careful I brought the pic to the reel and kept working him to the shallows when he'd get life
and zing out the drag. First fw fish I've fought on the reel in a long time.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mussels Fra Diavolo

Yum... it's morning and now I'm hungry :)

Mussels Fra Diavolo


1 (28 ounce) can plum tomatoes in juice

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, smashed

1 small onion, chopped

2-6 whole dried red chili peppers or 1/4 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, according to taste

1 branch fresh basil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup dry white wine (or 1/2 cup water plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)

2 pounds mussels

4 slices whole-wheat Italian bread, toasted or grilled


In bowl, squeeze tomatoes, one at a time, to crush them coarsely. Add 1/4 cup water to can, swirl to rinse and add to tomatoes. Set aside. In deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until golden, 2 minutes on each side. Remove and reserve garlic.
Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes, stirring often. Add to pan tomatoes, garlic, hot peppers or pepper flakes and basil. Simmer sauce for 10 minutes, or until sauce is thickened enough to have body but is not thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. There will be about 3 cups sauce. Remove garlic, peppers and basil, if desired. Meanwhile, place wine and mussels in large, deep saucepan, cover, and set over medium-high heat. Cook just until mussels open, 5-7 minutes. Using big slotted spoon or wire spyder, transfer mussels to skillet with sauce, discarding any that did not open. Cook until mussels are opaque but still tender, about 3 minutes. Immediately divide mussels among 4 wide, shallow bowls and serve with bread to sop up sauce.

4 servings. Nutritional information per serving: 221 calories, 6 g total fat, (1 g saturated fat), 24 g carbohydrate, 15 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 304 mg sodium.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Last Snow

It's been a long "winter" here in New Jersey. If anyone besides myself has actually read any of my blog, they'd know this already.

This week, we had, what I hope, is our last snow of the "winter season". In the Northeast, in general, and New Jersey, specifically, the "winter season" lasts from November into April, regardless of the meteorological designtations which say winter "begins" around Dec 20 and "end" around Mar 20 (plus or minus a day either way).

It's just been fairly cold for this region, and with persistent, weekly storms that resulted in snow/ice/sleet, cold winds, and no real break in the weather as is customary for our Southern Jersey coastal sections.

Anyhow, I'm calling it "over"! Done! Finito!  Gone!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Another Surf Fly (imitating worms)

Copied from some west coast boards... looks like it will be useful on the East Coast as well....

The Krabby Patty was written up for the San Diego Fly Fishers newsletter ("Finny Facts") in June 2011:

The author now uses "sparkling wine" new age chenille for the underbody on his red version (orange crush on the orange version), and medium palmer chenille in root beer for the over body. He uses "premium" red marabou (instead of the spikier blood strung marabou) for the tail and either B10S or SS15 gamakatsu hooks. He often uses black dazl eyes instead of bead chain, and clear cure goo hydro to coat the thread.

Some compared the Krabby Patty to the venerable Root Beer Surf Rat - although pics don't make them look similar, wet, they do look similar because they both use root beer chenille of some kind with hints of green flash as their main element. Maybe this makes them look like Nereid polychaete worms in the surf ... . Both flies are deadly. Here is a writeup for the root beer surf rat in the June 2011 newsletter ("Reading the Water") of the Golden State Flycasters, San Diego (I usually use a B10S or Daiichi 2546 hook instead of the 34007):

(if that link does not work for you google "rootbeer surf rat" loudat 2011 ) to find the newsletter it's in.

Another writeup on the rootbeer surf rat, by John Wohlfiel of the Golden State Flycasters, is in the Documents section - click on Fly Patterns then on Surf Rat: