Really solid fishing trip from the folks at Bass Fishing Jersey in late November. They start their fishing trip at Round Valley Reservoir, fishing around the North Tower. They are jigging swim baits and the Binsky. While they are targeting Lake Trout, they do catch lots of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and even a few rainbow trout in the process.
The part of the video where they are fishing at Spruce Run Reservoir is where they caught the crappie and hybrid striped bass, again using the Binsky blade bait.
A video my good friend Jimmy from Rawr fishing put together from back on Memorial Day weekend with Rob S. and myself. It was Jimmy’s first time trolling out on Round Valley, and boy did we spoil him! Despite the fact we had a rough start to our day and got out super late, we put somewhere around 2 dozen Rainbows in the boat, including three Round Valley Trout Association tagged Trophy Trout!
Monday 22 August, the body of an Ocean County man was found early Monday morning in Round Valley Reservoir, a state environmental official confirmed. The 71 year old man was known to wade and swim in the reservoir. Full Article Here
Monday 22 August, a little while later, officials were actively searching for a missing boater on Spruce Run Reservoir. State Police Marine Divers recovered the body of a 44 year old Randolph NJ man Tuesday morning. The man, who was an avid fisherman and swimmer, apparently drowned while trying to retrieve his boat which had blown off shore about 30 feet. Full Article Here
Condolences to the families of these men. To my readers…be safe out there.
We started this Memorial Day afternoon fishing Spruce Run Reservoir for hybrid striped bass. We were trolling live herring and fished from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and ended the day with a really nice 24 inch, 7.20-lb Brown Trout.
The Hybrid fishing was pretty tough and really slow yesterday with only one Hybrid Bass in the boat for us that my buddy Jason landed; his first of the year!
After the one hybrid and after a while of zero action, we began thinking about packing it in for the evening. But just then we had a rod go off and it seemed like a really nice fish so my good friend and usual partner-in-crime Rob S. got the camera rolling.
We weren’t able to really tell what I had on for almost the entire fight, which lasted about 7-minutes, until the fish came up behind the boat at the very end. Although we didn’t know exactly what we had hooked before we saw it, every one of us knew we had something very special on the end of our line as the fight progressed more and more. Several times I got it to within 6 or 7-feet of the boat only to have it bulldog its way straight back down to the bottom.
Getting the fish into the boat was going to be an issue too since we forgot all our nets in the truck…talk about murphy’s law… My buddy Jason however, landed the fish by hand and he made it look easy!
We decided to keep this big beautiful brown trout and it will be mounted. Yes, we could have released it, but any good Trout fisherman will tell you that Trout stress out very easily; and when you add in a long hard fight like this one gave us in addition to almost 83 degree surface temperatures, release isn’t always the best option when it comes to Trout.
This fish is actually the 3rd Brown we’ve gotten out of Spruce Run over the past three weeks, and the other two (an 18-incher, and another that was 5+ pounds) were released safely since the water temps were still down in the low 60’s at that point and we didn’t have them on the line for anywhere near as long as this one was.
Visit the Pequest Trout Hatchery this Memorial Day weekend for some exciting FREE programs!
Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Start the morning with a Warbler Walk exploring the Pequest property while identifying birds in the area.
Saturday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. Pequest Trout Hatchery will be hosting a presentation on Sturgeon, known as living fossils…they are some of the oldest bony fishes.
Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. This program is all about amphibians where you will discover where amphibians came from, how they grow up, and their importance in the ecosystem. Bring nets if you have them and boots that can get wet.