Monday, August 26, 2013

The First Annual Hatch And Catch

Ron Jacobsen of the Charles O. Hayford Fish Hatchery in Hackettstown
with a beautiful 44-inch musky, his first ever. 

When: Saturday, August 24th, from 7am to 2pm
What: The first annual "Hatch and Catch"
Weather: Clear. High of 77 winds calm and variable to N at 6
Barometric Pressure: 30.29 to 30.35

Relative Humidity: 40% at mid-day
Sunrise: 6:18am
Sunset: 7:44pm
Moon: Waning, 3 days after full. Minor (moonset) at 10:18am to 11:18am
Water Conditions: Fairly clear, 74 degrees.

What a great little tradition we started.

This was the first annual "Hatch and Catch," where members of Chapter 22 of Muskies Inc. took out workers from the Hackettstown Fish Hatchery for a day of musky fishing, followed by a barbeque at the hatchery.

Despite clear skies and high pressure, two of the hatchery workers caught a musky. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Ron Jacobsen landing his first ever musky, a beautiful 44-inch fish. My boat had plenty of action with a few follows and a couple of missed fish, but the only one to land in the boat was a small 20-incher that got accidentally hooked in the back.

It's worth noting that the vast majority of the action today was between 7am and 8:30am and then again an hour before the moonset. There was a couple of fish caught during that time as well, including a bass fisherman who caught a 38-incher on a shiner.

The weather was perfect and we had great club participation in getting eight boats to take the guys who make our muskies out to fish for them. A feast ensued and I think I can speak for everyone by saying that a fantastic time was had by all.

Thank you to Craig and the hatchery guys for organizing and coming out and to the Muskies Inc. members who made this happen.

We will undoubtedly do it again next year.