My 5th place, 4-pound, 8-ounce walleye.
When: Saturday, September 17th, from 6am to 3pm
Where: Lake Hopatcong
What: Fishing with Joe on his boat, the Shut Up And Fish, in the Knee Deep Club's Walleye Contest
Weather: Walleye weather. 45 degrees in the morning, warmed to close to 60, partly cloudy, variable winds to 10mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.37 and steady all day
Moon: Waning, 5 days after full
Water Conditons: Lake was still a little high, but falling. No wake had been lifted the day before. Lake was slightly stained
Joe and I had been trying to go fishing together for some time.
And we finally did.
I met Joe through the Knee Deep Club a couple years ago. He serves as the VP and was the person who originally asked me to speak at a club meeting. Since then, we have been keeping in touch and have been trying to find a time to hang out on the water.
After repeated attempts to come up with a day that we were both free, we set September 17th a month in advance, hoping nothing would interfere. We originally intended to ply the briny in search of seabass or fluke, but Joe later realized the day we planned to fish together was the Knee Deep Club's Walleye Contest on Lake Hopatcong.
We kept the day, but adjusted our plans.
I was excited.
I met Joe at his boat, The Shut Up and Fish, at 6am at Lee's Marina. We were fishing shortly thereafter. It was a beautiful fall morning, even though it was not technically fall yet. After double-anchoring on Joe's favorite main-lake point, we set the rods and waited.
Fishing was a bit slow, but at one point during a 5-minute span, Joe and I both landed a walleye. My fish wound up being good for 5th Place and a $20 Gift Certificate to Dow's Boat Rentals.
Through the course of the day we picked away at fish, coming up with the quintessential LH mixed bag including the walleye, largemouth bass, perch, pickerel, bullhead and a hybrid striper. Not too bad.
This was only the 3rd time I've made it to the big lake this year and it made me wish even more that I lived a bit closer. In any event, it was great to get out there with comfortable weather and good company.
Catching a few fish didn't hurt either.