NOT a trout.When: Opening Day of Trout Season, Saturday April 10th, from 7am to 11am
Weather: A bit chilly, in the 40's and breezy, 15+ from the NW
Today was opening day of trout season, and in honor of this sacred day for New Jersey sportsmen........I went catfishing.
For as long as I can remember, I have never been trout fishing on the first day of the season. Part of this is probably due to my minimal success catching them in my earlier years and a larger part is more likely due to my loathing of crowded fishing holes.
Although it is ritual and tradition for a large number of New Jersey anglers to "go out and catch some trout" on this blessed day, my idea of fishing is not standing elbow to elbow on a shoreline or crowding in a deep pool to throw lures at fish that were just thrown in there a few days prior. Now don't get me wrong, there may be spots that are less crowded and there is always the option of one of Laurie's boats, but the fact of the matter is that although this day is important to many, many people, it's not for me.
That being said, I try to fish Opening Day somewhere that is without trout and therefore, without people..
Which is what we did.
Chris and I both love catching catfish, and we knew just the place that we would kick off our season fishing together. We were up early and our lines were in the water early, which probably made all of the difference. Chris quickly caught the channel cat you see above, and after assuring myself that this would be another slow day for me, Chris watched me catch the next seven. The bites were one right after another from sun-up until about 8:30, then they stopped and stopped for good.
Once we realized there were no more fish to be had, we packed our gear and made the short trip back to Jersey City.
I can't quite recall if I wrote this is any of my earlier posts, but after learning so much in the last two years and acquiring some really incredible gear, I predicted this fishing year would eclipse all others by a mile.
With a 25-inch pike on New Year's Day, a 3-1/2 lb. largemouth, a 70 fish day and Frankenperch through the ice, a 3 plus pound smallmouth on Lake Hopatcong and now a 7-lb. channel catfish all before the middle of April, I'd say I'm well on my way.