Sunday, April 19, 2009

Back Bay Stripers

When: Sunday, April 19th, from 7am to 1pm
What: Fishing for Striped Bass with Clams
Where: The Raritan Bay
Weather: High in the Mid to Upper 50's, Wind 10+ mph from the East

I could not have been more excited when I finally met Pat, Rob and his 18 foot Wellcraft at the boat launch at Liberty State Park at 6:30 in the morning.

After a short ride past Lady Liberty and under the Verranzo Narrows, we were anchored up, Rob was cracking open clams and tossing them into the water. The action was slow, but we managed 3 short fish and a couple skates to boot. There were a few missed opportunities as well.

It's been too long sinced I've fished in the Raritan Bay, too long since I've caught a Striped Bass, too long since I've spent some time with Pat and too long that I've lived without knowing Rob. After a handful of stressful weeks, this fishing trip was exactly what I needed.

I would have been fully content spending the day on the water with these two guys and not getting a bite. However, fortune smiled upon me this day, and I was able to come home with a picture of the beautiful fish you see above.

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