Monday, October 8, 2012

Another Celebratory Fishing Trip

All smiles with Captain Dieter for Chris' bachelor "fishing" party.

When: Sunday, October 7th, from 2pm to 7:15pm
Where: The Delaware River
What: Fishing with the Martalus brothers and Captain Dieter
Weather: Overcast with light rain at times, winds light and variable, air temps in the low 50's to high 40's
Barometric Pressure: 30.07 to 30.12
Relative Humidity: 80%
Moon: Waning, Third quarter
Water Conditions: Partly stained, 4 feet of visibility, normal water level, temp N/A
 
Fresh back from my honeymoon, the wedding bells were once again ringing. After attending the celebration for Marisa and Ryan (congrats guys), Lindsay and I drove home from the northern stretches of the state on Saturday night so I could join the Martalus brothers for some ceremonial fishing on Sunday.
 
Chris will be getting married this Sunday, so once again a bachelor fishing party was in order. To sweeten the pot, Brian was back from Africa and ready to put a smack-down on the Delaware River smallmouth.
 
We met Capt. Dieter (http://www.bigdriverguide.com/) in Lambertville at 2pm and after a quick briefing on river conditions and the agenda, we made our way upstream. The first spot didn't produce any fish, but the second would eventually yield a half-dozen smallies.
 
After that we pushed further upstream to look for some stripers, and we found them. Although most were small, we had a bunch of 14 to 18 inchers that put up a nice battle on medium tackle in the current. The new locale also produced a couple more smallies.
 
By then the rain was starting, but we ended the night trying to score a channel cat...and we got one. Anchored-up with chicken livers off the back of the boat, we landed a hefty kitty, the biggest striper of the night...and the dreaded eel.
 
Can't put a liver in the river without catching and eel.
So, true to form, it was a great afternoon on the water. With Brian being so far away most of the time, it always a pleasure getting to fish with him. The Fish Gods usually oblige us, and this time was no different. It was a joyous occasion, but the real celebration is a few more days away.
 
Congrats Chris!! The best of luck and all the happiness in the world to you and Teena!!!

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