Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 2: Yet Another Day In The Gap

A healthy spring bass taken on a Jackall Giron.
When: Saturday, May 14th, from 5:30am to 3:30pm
Where: The Delaware Water Gap
What: Bass fishing.
Weather: Cloudy with a few brief showers. High near 70, wind SE at 10mph.
Moon: Waxing. Two days before full.
River: Low and a little stained.

If all of the next 363 days were going to be as long as this one, I probably wouldn't stand much of a chance.

I woke up at 3:30am and met Chris Martalus in the parking lot at the Gap a few minutes after 5. From there, we set out to catch some bass. Fishing was by no means fast and furious, but I did manage a few fish, including a healthy 2-lb. largemouth, before we left the first locale.

We then headed to a toad-filled (for real, there were toads everywhere) Delaware where Nick would meet up with us about 10 minutes into our fishing. We put the waders on and continued to toss copper-colored tube-baits into the river. There wasn't much action, but I did score a nice 2-lb. smallie that was hanging out under a tree by the shore.

For the record, the Big D is incredibly beautiful up there. With the river being as calm and peaceful as it was, it could not have been more relaxing and the thought crossed my mind that I need to find a way to do this for a living.

That probably won't happen any time soon, but it's always good to have a dream.

After we left the Delaware, Chris needed to head out, so Nick and tried a couple other places to see if we couldn't entice a few more fish. Nick did well with the panfish and the trout at another Warren County lake as I tried catch some more bass.

The day ended on a high-note at yet another lake when I hooked the nice bass you see at the top of the page on a Jackall swimbait. Nick and I parted shortly after I caught that fish and I headed back a few minutes later.

This was supposed to have been "Day 1" before I got antsy, but regardless of where it fell in the 365, it was a good one.

Next Up: A much shorter outing at a Union County lake.

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