Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 240: January Pike From The Passaic

Rob with a healthy Passaic River pike.
When: Saturday, January 7th, from 11am to 4pm
Where: The Passaic River
What: Pike fishing
Weather: Fair skies with periods of clouds, high of 61, winds S to W between 3 and 16mph and gusting over 20
Barometric Pressure: 29.79in and steady
Moon: Full
Water Conditions: Gage height: 1.65 feet (fairly low), 1400cfs, partly stained

Sixty-one degrees in January and there's goes the ice. Not like there was much around to begin with.

Anyhow, I was stoked all week to do some more pike fishing on the Passaic River. Rob and I have been sharing info through njfishing.com for awhile now, and it was pretty cool of him to invite me along to fish a few of the spots he's been catching fish. I met him and his friend Barry just after 11am, and we were off to find some pike.

Although it's well into January at this point, Rob and his boys have been having success with the Passaic River pike.With an unseasonably warm 60-degree in the mix, the chances were decent that few fish would be active.

The river had gone down a bit since the last time Rob was there, and that may be the reason the first spot didn't produce any pike. After giving it a good shot, we headed to the next stretch of shoreline.

On our way over, I spotted a falcon having pigeon for lunch.

Upon reaching the next spot, we took in the pleasant sights and smells and immediately got to work. The water looked promising, but it took awhile before we saw any signs of life. After and hour or so, Rob had a pike follow, and ultimate strike his bait, resulting in what would be our only fish of the day.

We gave it our best for the rest of the day, but it was apparent the fish just weren't going to cooperate. That was all well and good though. It was great to see another beautiful pike come out of the river, make the most of a beautiful day in January, fish some new water and make some new friends.

Thanks Rob and Barry, I had a blast.

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