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: One Month and Counting...


jimS
04-03-2009, 06:14 PM
A few years ago, beginning early May, I met and fished with Mike Mayo in Milford Connecticut. The migration was on in the area of the Houstonic River. Lots of fish and some large. As the migration continues, Nantucket Sound on the southside of the cape, gets an infusion of schoolies soon afterward.

It won't be long. I know there are resident fish in some locales on the cape, but it would be of interest to have a post on the first lice-covered fish.

Let's hope that 2009 has a good spawn in the Chesepeake. It hasn't happend since 2002. Our salvation is the Hudson. It continues to have a strong young-of-the-year class that travel to the cape. Every year i observe an increasing number of fish with signs of mycobacteriosis, an as-yet undiagnosed lethal diesease in Chesepeake stripers.

I'm just about finished tying. Bought a couple of new lines, and can't wait until the new moon in May.

n1gdo
04-03-2009, 07:06 PM
Hope to fish with you and FredA again this season...

Counting the days as you are....

flydoc
04-03-2009, 08:30 PM
Any word on an early season get-together in Rhody? I've yet to fish there in the early season, but this year it wouldn't take much to lure me down, given the posts I've seen from Bonefishmon and company:smile:
In the meantime, I'll be thrashing the Cape ponds for stocked trout, and doing a little scouting for access points/promising spots along the southern (Sound side) shoreline.
Can't wait :devil:
Flydoc

Paxton
04-03-2009, 09:05 PM
This by far will be the longest month of the year....I can't wait either.....I have a stronger case of "fishitis' than ever before!!! Will it ever come?????? i have tied enough flies for 2 years worth of fishing...of course if it is like last year...i will only use 2 of them.
Ron

Guernseybass
04-19-2009, 08:05 PM
I think the fish could be late again this year, as the chesapeake only hit 55F for the first time yesterday (the 18th) :

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/show_plot.php?station=44099&meas=wtmp&uom=E&time_diff=4&time_label=EDT

if you believe the scientists, the scouts are only just leaving now and their journey will take 30 days following the 55F isotherm. . . .

:frown:

juro
04-19-2009, 09:34 PM
I've been tracking temps in Chesapeake and Hudson as well. There is no one station that can indicate the temperature across the entire natal grounds, I've noticed that some of the buoys have been registering temps well above the spawning temp minimum for days while others in adjacent areas are still indicating below. Males don't spawn the first couple of years and females twice that, which explains the arrival of shorts early. Jacques Cousteau found a population of pacific salmon that spawned in the gravel beneath a glacier where geothermal springs boiled from the earth and melted the ice. A certain distance down current from the scalding water was the right temperature and clean gravel so the salmon spawned in the fragile balance.

Paxton
04-20-2009, 08:49 AM
Juro....FYI......I was in Boston yesterday and i saw 3 cherry trees in blossom. I know that is your pet theory indicator)....but somehow I don't think that the heat absorbsion from tall cement structures count, which is were the cherry trees were located. We need an isolated open field cherry tree to count :hihi:
I do know that the forcynthias in my location are at least a week late and my main local indicator are the blooming of my lilacs which are not even close. My guess is a late start. No reports of fish in southern Connecticut, not even the Hoosy. Someday I would like to know how the stripers at the cape can see my blooming lilacs from 143 miles away :chuckle:

Ron

juro
04-20-2009, 11:12 AM
Ron -

I'd wager those were apple blossoms... and the young cultivated kind which bloom even earlier. Around the area magnolias and dogwoods are starting, which precede the well-established apple then finally the older thick trunked cherry usually around mothers day then you know the game is on ;)

Paxton
04-20-2009, 11:36 AM
Back to the tree book :hihi: Guess I'll stick with lilacs.

petevicar
04-20-2009, 11:39 AM
In the more northerly latitudes where I live the cherries are nearly finished and the lilacs
are in full bloom.
:)

juro
04-20-2009, 12:55 PM
I guess I don't have to worry about the trees anymore. I'll know it's time when the stripers invade my neighborhood :lildevl:

flydoc
04-20-2009, 06:25 PM
You mean OUR neighborhood. Howdy neighbor! :lildevl:
Flydoc

juro
04-21-2009, 05:51 AM
Doc being to the south and west they'll have to run the gauntlet thru you, Paul, the Basser and Penguin (sounds like a Batman episode) before they reach me!! :lildevl:

FredA
04-21-2009, 07:50 AM
Didn't see any signs of life way up in the bassless saturday though I've heard rumors of holdovers being caught. Just started noticing forsythia in bloom this weekend and the PJM out my back door hasn't popped yet, about 2 weeks late.

flydoc
04-21-2009, 09:00 AM
A patient of mine with "our addiction", who was out with me and my associate fishing the ponds at Nickerson this past Saturday, told me a buddy of his recently caught a keeper size holdover at one of their "super secret spots". He said he could tell me more, but then he'd have to kill me ;)
Flydoc

jfbasser
04-21-2009, 09:30 AM
Didn't see any signs of life way up in the bassless saturday though I've heard rumors of holdovers being caught. Just started noticing forsythia in bloom this weekend and the PJM out my back door hasn't popped yet, about 2 weeks late.

A dose of fertilizer each year will help the blooms on the PJM :devil:

petevicar
04-21-2009, 11:58 AM
We should change the name of the forum to some sort of Gardening Forum. :) :) :) :)

bonefishmon
04-21-2009, 01:26 PM
The Housatonic River is providing great fishing right now. Without being spot specific, I have several friends that have sore arms. Nothing large as these are mostly holdover fish that have dropped down from the upper river. It's possible that some are from the Hudson but I have no reports of lice covered fish. The late winter fishery there and in the Thames has been very good this year. Part of the reason SE New England fished so well last year is due to the influx of stripers these two rivers provide. Last year was my best year to date close to home as far as numbers but the larger fish were not being caught on a fly unless you were on the reefs fishing very deep with 600 grain lines. I did find the average size bass was a bit larger than usual. Not as many runts as the years before which kind of worries me. If any of you guys up there are need an early season fix, shout me a PM and I'll try and help out.

Phil

juro
04-21-2009, 01:55 PM
We should change the name of the forum to some sort of Gardening Forum. :) :) :) :)

Why because we have enough bullshite to fertilize the great plains around here? ;)

bonefishmon
04-21-2009, 03:33 PM
Juro. Is your PM full?

Phil

Dble Haul
04-21-2009, 10:32 PM
Migratory stripers are showing up in southwestern Connecticut. I even pointed a few north as I released them.

:)