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: A fistful of cherry blossoms...

04-27-2009, 02:02 PM
and 5 pounds of all-natural fertilzer :lildevl:

NOAA Bouy temps in Chesapeake range from 63-68 so well into the ideal range for striper spawn from which they immediately embark on their journey toward New England, males <2 and females <4yrs no reason to be down there that long other than conditions... which don't look too good today with a wall-like cold water barrier just to the north of the wintering / spawning grounds...


Gulf stream markedly visible in today's shot. Hopefully the shoreline (migratory routes) will be hospitable and channel those chomping machines up here without delay.

Consequently, the cultivated weeping cherry and tree nursery cherry variants are blooming, as are the (white) flowering apple trees... but the well-established sakura are still in buds in the greater boston area as of lunch break today.

We're a swirl of the oceans and a few sunny days away from the start of the migration 2009. Now to figure out which moving box has my waders in them? :)

04-27-2009, 02:53 PM
I stood in the river yesterday am, swinging a fly and watching for stuff floatin by. Not much to see but for several jellies. Come next week I fully expect the water to be turbid with lots of stuff that I can't identify and plenty of little fish to chew on a fly. The pjm in the back yard is finally in full bloom...I don't think the late bloom will corralate with what happens in the river.

04-27-2009, 03:04 PM
Aha!!!! It could have been a cherry tree in Boston :hihi:
If a cherry tree is in bloom and no one sees it....is it really in bloom? :Eyecrazy:
My best theory based on 8 years of experience is that ..........."the fish are here when they are here"
Going to RI tomorrow....expect nothing except walking at key places with rod in hand, pretending that I am fishing....who cares....it is just great to be out with Mr. Sage. :)
By some act of God, if there are fish present...I won't post.....just listen for a loud shout coming from the south between 10:30 a.m. and 5p.m......(dropping tides at inlets/rivers.


04-27-2009, 03:37 PM
Order now - the bass-o-magic crystal ball while supplies last! Cures spring fever too.

04-27-2009, 07:48 PM
Spring fever and the swine flu are more severe then "striper fever"....but at least a cure is coming soon and no drugs are needed :)

04-28-2009, 04:47 AM
Ron one way to get rid of the Winter blues is to go trout fishing. All of the streams and ponds are stocked and the trout are willing. Granted they are not wild fish but who cares. :D FishHawk

04-28-2009, 09:00 AM
In anticipation of the arrival of the first lice covered migrating large, every year we start to speculate the timing of this most welcome event. No matter how hard we try to push it up it's not going to happen. Historically the big girls don't enter the spawning grounds until the latter part of mid April ,this puts their migration start up the coast somewhere near April 30Th. Dependent upon water temps and feed encountered as they travel, the earliest we should expect their arrival is always late mid May to almost June. Last year the canal lit up the first week of June, a large portion of the stripers followed the huge schools of menhaden up into Buzzards BAY then into the canal,where they also found a $hit load of mackerel which made for the type of fishing not seen in recent memory.:chuckle: :hihi: :Eyecrazy: Aside from an extreme spring temperatures, be it warmer or colder their arrival time doesn't fluctuate that much. This is the Chesapeake Bay strain , the Hudson River fish usually don't spawn until mid May, the sudden push of fish in late June will be these fish.

04-28-2009, 11:40 AM
Paul is right on the money! There are DelMarVa reports of heavy spawning activity in the "susky" flats area as we speak.

Those fish will be leaving the spawning grounds any day now. The other piece of good news is that the herring runs are generally doing better than last year which itself was pretty good compared to previous years.

Work has me travelling to Toronto a lot from now until the last week of May so my first cast of the year will probably be May 29th at the Canal :smokin: