A South Branch smallmouth bass.When: Friday, August 12th, from 6pm to 8pm
Where: The Delaware River and the South Branch of the Raritan River
What: Wet-wading for smallies
Weather: Mostly sunny. 80-degrees. Not much wind.
Moon: Waxing. Just about full
Water Conditions: Delaware was high and muddy. South Branch was pretty clear, but a little high.
I have now caught a fish 11 days in a row.
After work on Friday, I took a ride out to the Delaware to try and catch some smallmouth, a catfish or maybe even a walleye. Upon arriving in Riegelsville, however, I wasn't completely happy with the water conditions. Before I left home, I had read reports that the river was up, but it wasn't until I got there that I realized it wasn't going to work.
Time for a Plan B.
I got on the horn to Hunterdon County fishing guru Chris Lido, and after some productive back-and-forth, I decided on a stretch of the South Branch that we both agreed would produce a few fish..
I made the drive, parked the car and felt much better as I approached the calmer and more manageable South Branch. I quickly got to work and caught a tiny smallie. Over the next hour, I picked away at the bass and panfish, although I didn't catch anything worth writing home about. The smallmouth bass you see pictured above was the largest fish of the day.
This was actually the first time I had stepped into the South Branch with strickly smallmouth on my mind. I've been trout fishing in the river a few times and have incidentally caught some smallies, but the only time I've specifically targeted them has been on the Delaware.
I know a few people who fish this same strectch and catch some trophy fish. Seeing as this was a first for me, I'm not too disappointed that I didn't get anything huge.
In any event, it was a wonderful evening.
Next Up: Saturday morning Passaic River pike!!