Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Pudgy Dace or Two

Being the last day of the long weekend, I decided to head out again today to maybe give the sore lip to a sucker. Alas, I miscalculated, and all the suckers were under the bridge in a location which I could not see due to the sun's position. Sight fishing was necessary due to the hordes of ninja sunnies which would immediately protect the creek from an evil worm.

Still I stuck to it, and ended the expedition with nothing but a couple bluegills, redbreasts, and one little yellow bullhead that I sight fished.

The sun was high, and it was 90 degrees, so I headed back to get a drink. 

After a while, I made the decision to go back out, this time to my favorite creek, to go microfishing and perhaps, just perhaps, nab a lifer. 

Armed with Gulp! worms, my tanago hooks, and trusty micro rod, I set out. I was immediately swarmed by common shiners and creek chubs, but I noticed some other small, skinny, black-striped fish near the bottom in far less quantities. I didn't pay much attention to them and proceeded to catch more of the aforementioned fish. I was aimlessly jiggling my bait when I felt a tiny tap, and set the hook. The moment when I brought it up, I knew it was a lifer. 

Behold! The savage, enormous Blacknose Dace, species #41!

This one was quite a bit pudgy...

In the water...     

      And a release shot.

I managed to catch one more. Another check off the NJ species list, and another mark on my lifelist!


  1. Great job on the lifer! You're getting awfully close to 50!

  2. Thanks! Hopefully I'll reach 50 by the end of this year! Funny thing is, I was at 5 in the beginning of 2014, and I just started real microfishing this year!