Somehow the water was quite clean. In fact, the visibility was the best that I have seen all year
and perhaps the best I've seen in New Jersey yet. It still wasn't great by diving standards but I have to take what I can get. I ended up with two very nice stripers. The first one was 36 inches and 17 pounds. The second was 34 inches and 15 pounds. I thought for sure the first one was over 20 but after weighing it, the scale doesn't lie. If this fish was only 17 pounds, I can not even imagine what it's going to be like when I finally see a 40+ out there. And I will see one some day. I promise you that.
When I got home I put the fish on ice (thanks Pat!) and I will butcher them up tomorrow. It is supposed to be nice again tomorrow so maybe I will try a little crabbing for the first time. Looking back, there were crabs around this time last year. However, the weather was a lot warmer and nicer last year AND there was a ton of baitfish in the Shrewsbury River. Not so this year. It's just a matter of time though.
Appropriately, I ate the very last of the the striper that I caught last Saturday. I've been making a lot of fried rice using cooked fish pieces, rice, butter, leeks (man - one big leek goes a LONG way), an egg, and some salt. It comes out really tasty. My only trouble is keeping Ty away. He eats a lot of my food!
|Striped Bass Fried Rice|
I worked on the chicken coop for a while again today. It still needs some work. Every time I start, I get sidetracked by the kids. It's a fun project though. I'll get some more done tomorrow and then move the girls from the old area to the new area. I also spent about an hour just sitting in my backyard enjoying the sun while it was out and blazing. That's the first time I just laid back and relaxed for a long time.