A Passaic River northern pike.
When: Sunday, June 5th, from 9am to 10am
Where: The Passaic River
What: Pike fishing
Weather: Cloudy and warm. High in the 70's.
Moon: Waxing, almost a week after new.
River/Water Conditions: River somewhat low. Very stained.
What was I just saying the other day?
Although I have caught northern pike before, I've been hell-bent on trying to catch one from the Passaic River. Chris Martalus and I took the canoe out there once already this year, but we did not catch any fish. A friend had told me where we could launch the canoe, but finding access to fish from the shore on the Passaic seemed like an almost impossible task.
So I did some homework.
A few months ago, I found a post on a message board where someone had given a street in a certain town where he had seen pike in the Passaic. I did some research on Google Maps, which is a priceless tool for a fisherman btw, and then hopped in my car to do some scouting. I did eventually find the exact spot, but when I was there in March, the river was extremely high and pretty much unfishable. For whatever reason, I had not gone back.........
I had to meet a friend yesterday morning at a place that is no more than a hop, skip and a jump from this location. Since I didn't have time to make a whole day of fishing, I decided to see what was happening on the Passaic. When I arrived, it was good to see that the flooded river I had been fishing in last time was much lower and that there was even a trail leading up the bank. I followed trail, alternating casts between a firetiger, jointed Bomber Long-A and a white/chartreuse Booyah spinnerbait. Near the end of the trail, I had a fish smack the Bomber as it was sitting on the surface and on the next cast he bit it clean off.
A pike, no doubt.
I figured the fish might not bite again having just been stung by a treble, but I tossed the spinnerbait and immediately hooked up.
I have been trying to catch a pike from the Passaic River for over 2 years. Without question, the most frustrating part of this venture was finding a place to actually fish. Chris and I know a spot where we can drop the canoe, but that can be a lot of work and we do more than just fish for pike. I still don't know very many places with shore access to the Passaic, but at least I have one spot and know that if I keep looking, I will be rewarded for my efforts.
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