I read a fishing report that some kids posted from the Navesink river that was really good. If I could find some nice fluke holes nearby I would be a happy camper. I haven't had a solid fluke bite since I left Rhode Island.
|The backyard farm|
I loaded the trap and tossed it into the shallow water. I figured that since I was already there I might as well take a few casts with my plug to see if there were any larger fish cruising the area. It was a really cool sunset so I didn't mind staying for a few more minutes. I was unsuccessful at fishing but after about 10 minutes I pulled up the killie trap and wouldn't you know it - it was filled with killies! In 10 minutes. I was shocked (in a good way). I didn't want them to escape so I had to figure out a way to keep the ones I caught and then set the trap out for more. I drove home and picked up a bucket with a lid on it. I drilled a bunch of drain/fill holes in the top and sides to allow fresh water to flow in and out. When I got back to the ramp, I poured the killies from the trap into to the makeshift bait bucket. The whole time I was doing this I was getting killed by the gnats.
I sat in my truck, protected from the gnats, for another 15 minutes to finish watching the sunset. Before leaving I decided to check the trap again and it was again filled with new killies. I transferred them to the bucket and put everything back into the water. This was plenty of bait for the morning. And at this rate, the trap would be full of killies again in the morning when I pick it up. Escaping the gnats, I drove back home.
My dinner was more of the same - striped bass sashimi, rice, sprouts, some greens from the garden, water. Pretty well balanced overall - but pretty monotonous. I can't wait to drink something other than water! I'm ready for a beer and I just bought a case of Guiness today in anticipation of the weekend ahead.