Friday, November 13, 2009

Nor'Easters, A New Friend And Another Day On Lake Hopatcong


As I sit at my desk at 3pm on Friday, all I can think about is fishing.

I was supposed to spend Saturday on Rob's boat with him and Pat, combing the bottom of Roamer Shoals and the East River for what might be the last chance of catching a huge fall striped bass.  Once again, however, Mother Nature had the final word.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling for gusts up to 30knots and 8-10 foot seas on Saturday.  Sunday is supposed to be beautiful. 

This was a no-brainer.

By the time I got word that Rob and Pat had freed up their schedules for Sunday, I had already made a pact with a new friend, Chuck Sorrentino, to spend Sunday on Lake Hopatcong on the last day Laurie will be renting boats this year.  It's supposed to be in the mid-60's with less than a 10mph wind.  I'm stoked.

Chuck is also a member of the Knee Deep Club, and after a few emails, a few phone calls and a little scheduling difficulty, we're finally going to get together and do some fishing.

In addition to catching his share of Lake Hopatcong's mixed-bag, Chuck Sorrentino is a licensed NY State Guide, and has spent countless hours in the Catskills fishing treasured waters, among others, as the Beaverkill and the Delaware.  Chuck also guides the Salmon River in Pulaski in the fall for coho salmon, king salmon, steelhead and trophy brown trout.  Chuck specializes in fly-fishing, but has spinning gear available and can accommodate anyone from a novice to a seasoned pro.

Anyone wishing to use his expertise in the hopes of catching a trophy can contact him at roughwater@rocketmail.com or give him a ring at (201)417-1036.  You can also see some his handiwork in the "Videos You Should Watch" or link to his page under "Sites to Check Out" for more pics and movies.

In the meantime, we're going fishing.

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