Monday, April 19, 2010

Time On The Water

Chuck with a nice hybrid striped bass taken at the end of a long day on Lake Hopatcong.
When: Sunday, April 19th, from 6am to 7pm
Where: Lake Hopatcong
What: Trolling with stickbaits and drifting with herring
Weather: Cold and windy

I remember a conversation I had with Steve Carey, owner of Fish Sense Lures and creator of The Binksy. It didn't take me long to figure out that Steve really knows his stuff and may very well be one of best fishermen I have ever met. I was undoubtedly taking notes on what makes him successful and came to a very obvious conclusion.

Steve fishes A LOT.

These days, anglers have an incredible wealth of information at their disposal. Books, the internet, message boards, catalogs and tackle shops all provide their share of knowledge, however, the only way to truly become a better angler is to actually go fishing.

That being said, although I do my fair share, I have only been learning Lake Hopatcong in earnest for a year or two. I would love to be one of the guys who has a multitude of 40+ musky, 25-inch walleye and 6-pound hybrids to their name, but the fact of the matter is that I just haven't put in my time yet, and that's why spending 13 hours on the big lake with a guy like Chuck can be so helpful.
Although Chuck and I landed a lot of fish, the action was by no means fast and furious. We caught probably a dozen pickerel and a handful of perch. Chuck lost a trout at the boat, I lost a foot-long micro-musky at the boat and Chuck had the nice catches with a walleye, two hybrids and a big smallmouth.

I would definitely have liked one quality fish to top off my day, but I guess I can't have it all. I am just starting to put principles to practice and the only way to get numbers behind me is to spend more time on the lake.

I'm okay with that.

I'm young and full of energy and there is absolutely no doubt that the best is yet to come.

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