Groundhog Day 2013: Punxsutawney Phil Does Not See His Shadow!!!
February 2nd and Phil predicts an early spring. Starting in 1887 and being his 126th year of checking his shadow, old Phil is predicting an early spring as he didn’t see his shadow. The only problem is that he has been right only 39% of the time. One thing that is for certain is that we will be fishing in 2013 and we are now accepting reservations for the upcoming striper, brown trout, and salmon runs.
Reflecting back on the 2012 striper season it can be said that it came in with a bang and went out with a whimper. The winter of 2011/2012 was one of the warmest on record and had a significant influence on the fishing. Stripers arrived in great numbers at our Coeyman’s Landing area at least three weeks earlier than normal. We were catching stripers the first week of April and then the rains came along with a huge drop in the water temperature which shut the fishing down. As we normally start our striper charters in late April to early May, the rains kind of helped us. It cooled the river temperatures back down to a more normal level for that time of year. THE PROBLEM WAS that as soon as the river would start to set up for good fishing, the rains would come again and shut it down. And so went the season. In spite of this our clients did get to battle and land some nice striped bass.
Given the weather conditions we had to cancel several of our trips on the Hudson River due to high dirty water. The good news is that a lot of the stripers did not get bothered with in 2012. This should lead to an exceptional year for striped bass fishing in 2013 as long as the “River don’t rise”!
I believe that I now have pictures of all my successful striper clients from 2012 uploaded on our website at [HERE] and on our fishing reports page. If for some reason you do not see your photo there please let me know. If you have photos that you would like to add please feel free to e-mail them to me.
So what’s new this year? We have added several new reels to our fishing arsenal that should make battling giant Lake Ontario king salmon on copper and wire reels a whole lot easier. Late last season we got to field test Shimano 700lc wire dipsey reels while fishing for kings on the big pond. They worked awesome. Just ask Ilene Buckingham who landed this 32.5lb huge Lake Ontario king salmon. Her husband Rick is planning on having it mounted for her.
We have had several requests for brown trout fishing trips on Lake Ontario and spring salmon trips at the Niagara Bar which we are planning to do in 2013. Please contact us for details. We will be booking brown trout trips starting in June immediately after the end of striper season. Because of the exceptional salmon fishing that was available early last year(2012) due to the warm winter, the brown trout received very little if any fishing pressure at all. Talking with my river fishing guides, their river catches have been reflecting an above average return of trout to the rivers. Add these along to the over 500,000 brown trout that are stocked every year and one can see that fishing should be great.
Thank you to all my clients and friends who found the time to fish with me this past season. I hope all is well and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. It is my sincere hope that we all get to do it again 2013.