A gorgeous smallie scored on a morning jaunt with Dieter.
Where: The Delaware River
What: A quick trip with Dieter
Weather: Gorgeous, fair skies, 70 degrees, N wind at 6mph, big storms the night before
Barometric Pressure: 29.83in and rising
Relative Humidity: 62%
Moon: Waxing, 3 days after new
Water Conditions: Slightly stained from previous night's storms but surprising not high, temp N/A
It's not often that I don't have fishing plans for the weekend by Friday afternoon, but this was one of those times. It also became painfully obvious how hard it is to get excited about fishing for anything except for musky these days. I figured the musky water would be crowded on Saturday and fishing for them might be tough with the heavy rains, so I stalled on planning a trip.
Oh, and I don't have a boat...yet.
Still wanting to go fishing though, I did some digging to see what might be biting. Bass fishing doesn't really do it for me anymore and I wasn't inspired by the lack of response from the carp last weekend. I was aware that stripers were still in the Delaware, however, so I called Dieter to see if he had been catching any fish. As it turned out, he was going to be out the following morning and he asked me to join him.
The prospect of catching anything from striper to smallie to kitty to walleye was undoubtedly one I could get excited about, and I graciously accepted the offer. Thanks Dieter.
It wound up working out well for both of us, as I had plenty of errands to run and Dieter had plans as well. A quick three-hour trip was all we intended and it turned out to be a fantastic morning. We met at the dock in Lambertville at 7am to perfect weather and a vacant, peaceful river.
Action was by no means fast an furious, but we had a few smallies, a few misses and a chunky kitty. Off the water at 10am and home by 11:30.
Just what the doctor ordered.