Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creek Microfishing

Went in search of new species (lifers) today at the golf course creeks. Unfortunately, that's not easy, due to the aggressive nature of all the sunfish and chubs. I took my new micro fishing rod, some tiny hooks, and a pencil float to the creeks. Bait was simple, a couple two inch crayfish is all the bait you need. First stop was a bridge overlooking a tiny creek. The water was crystal clear, despite the huge amount of rain we got last evening. There was fish everywhere, mostly tiny bluegills and minnows. There was two really colorful redbreast sunfish, but they wanted nothing to do with my bait. The tiny sunfish, however, weren't so picky.
A tiny bluegill.

Another tiny sunny.

After dozens of those pesky fish (you always seem to catch them when you don't want to), I was about to leave the spot, when I saw a couple dark shapes cruising along the pool. Suckers! I saw a bunch of white suckers and at least one northern hognose sucker. Suckers in a golf course creek! I tried for hours without any results. So I moved to a different pool. Right away I started catching chubs. Creek chubs. They were so plentiful, I caught many doubles! 

Creek chub


Creek chub

So no new lifers, but I had a great time micro fishing. Technically, creek chub are micros, and bluegill are standard, but it appears to be the opposite in this gulf course stream! As for the suckers, I will be back. I'm off to camping for two weeks this Saturday, so there won't be much posts from me. Until then, the suckers will have to wait.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Millstone River Sunfish

Went to the Millstone River where it joins with Carnegie Lake today. My main target were some big perch, but it was not to be. First fish was a tiny green sunfish, but it flopped off. Although I landed over 20 sunnies, the fishing was slow compared to last week, with about 70 sunfish landed (I stopped counting at 50). I guess that's also the reason I didn't catch any perch, there was almost no flow today from the dam. I mostly caught a mixture of bluegills, pumpkinseeds, and hybrids.
A green sunfish x bluegill hybrid.

A tiny bluegill.

Beautiful pumpkinseed.

Then I got this gorgeous bluegill x green sunfish hybrid with amazing colors, especially on the belly. 

The pictures do no justice to the colors. It was an overcast day, but this guy still shines. Put up a heck of a fight on my micro-light rod, too. By the way, if you're in Jersey and looking for a hybrid sunfish, your odds are pretty high under the Carnegie Lake dam. A bobber and worm is really all you need, but taking them on tiny crank baits, jigs, and flies is way more fun since these scrappers are really aggressive. The best areas are submerged timber and right along the dam wall.

A nice bluegill.

I planned to fish through the evening, but it started to pour (really, really hard), and when lightning came, I decided it was best to pack up.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Carnegie 'Gills

Went to Princeton's Carnegie Lake today. Lately, the fishing has been really slow. I managed about a dozen small bluegills today. All nice and very healthy. I would love to see these smash a top water fly, but I'm going to have to wait for that sensation until I get my fly gear, which will arrive in more or less a month.
Beautiful gill

Close up and serious

Humpty Dumpty 

Another pearly Carnegie gill

After those bluegills, I got a cute little surprise. 

(I know I just started this blog, and there are not many people seeing this, but if you know what type of turtle this is, it would really be helpful if you could tell me in the comments section. ) 
It seems like these turtles are really aggressive, aggressive enough to attack my stick bait, though small. 
Well, that's it for today, and look forward to a lot more posts from me in the future!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quick Little Outing

Just decided to head for the golf course pond for an hour before dinner. Stopped by the local creek for a little while and came up with a beautiful tiny pumpkinseed.
These guys are the gems of the creek.

I used my trusty Rapala jointed and twitched it across the surface. Second cast, BAM! Fish on!

An average bass in the local golf course.

Although this is a dink in those big bass states like California and Texas, it is an average sized bass here up in Jersey. I moved down the pond, still using the same lure and retrieve. Then I caught what truly is a dink.

Teeny bass

A pic of my lure

The third bass was really fun. I spotted a group of three bass in a little creek leading into the pond. The water was at most 8 inches deep, and really clear. I stalked them until I was about 30 feet away. I made a cast, 3/4 of the line was over grass. The lure landed about a foot from the bass. I twitched it, and they all came over to check it out. After a couple more twitches, the bass were still 
there, but the wouldn't commit. I was beginning to fear I would run out of space until I reached the edge of the water. Finally, with one last twitch, the largest bass clobbered it in a mere two inches of water! I ran to the edge of the water, and after a spirited fight on ultralight gear, I landed the fish.

The bass was about 17 inches and 2 pounds, a respectable size for New Jersey waters. And caught sight fishin! That was the first sight fished bass I've caught in a long, long time, considering the muddiness of the pond. Not bad for an hour on the golf course!

First Post Stuff

Hi everyone. Just for starters, this is a fishing blog. I may not catch fish the size of a truck, or catch fish rarely seen by human beings, but I try to make the most of my suburban surrounds to catch fish. I will post my experiences, ideas, and tactics for you to see and know. I also do not believe in the idea that some fish are better than others. I respect and love all fish equally, from the most prized to the most hated.

Shad from the Raritan River