Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 85: The 3-Day Esox Hat-Trick, Day 2: Northern Pike (Success)

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.

That's fishing.

Next Up: The hard part. Day 3 and the search for the mighty musky.

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