Passaic River northern pike.
When: Friday, August 5th, from 5pm to 8pm
Where: The Passaic River
What: Pike fishing for Day 2 of the 3-Day Esox Hat-Trick attempt
Weather: Hot and humid. Bluebird skies. No wind. 80-degrees but felt hotter.
Moon: First Quarter.
Water Conditions: Stained.
A friend told me that catching the pike and the pickerel would be the EASY part. I figured it would be too, but it was another tough outing.
The bluebird skies were chirping when I arrived at the Passaic. With no clouds to offer a reprieve and with some pretty stiff humidity.....I was hot. Throw-in the 15 or 20-pound backpack and the 2 miles of hiking the shoreline......and I was also sweating and dehydrated.
Much like yesterday, I thought this wasn't going to happen. After three hours of hiking, sweating and hucking lures, I headed back to my car for some water and to dig-in for another couple hours of fishing.
But I wouldn't need it.
After getting some high-quality H20, I started back up the shoreline that I had fished earlier in the day. In short order, I hung a bait in a tree and re-tied with a Gamakatsu weighted-swimbait hook and Strike King swimbait. As I proceeded down the shoreline, I took a cast in a spot that I always expect to catch a fish, but have not.
This time would be different.
I got the love I was looking for, and after missing the bait on two separate casts, I got him on the third.
After snapping a photo, I decided to save energy for musky fishing and headed back to the car. I fished the shoreline along the way and added another pike and a bass.
Three long, grueling hours without a bite....then three fish in 10 minutes.
Next Up: The hard part. Day 3 and the search for the mighty musky.