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fishing tips and tricks
 Aug 5, 2003; 09:26PM - Lake Musconetcong
 Category:  Freshwater Bass Fishing Tips
 Author Name:  Steve vonBrandt
 Author E-mail:  swvbbass@aol.com
Click here to enlarge Tip&Trick Description 1: Lake Musconetcong

by Steve Von Brandt

Lake Musconetcong is located in northern New Jersey, between Sussex and Morris counties. It is actually part of Hopetcong State Park, and doesn't receive the notariety of its bigger brother Hopetcong or Greenwood Lake or any of the central Jersey waters. Yet, it is one of the best bass waters in northern New Jersey.












Years ago, this area was just swampland. It was flooded a long time ago to allow coal transporting barges to make their way to New York City along the Morris canal system. Efforts are being made right now, by the Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board, to insure that nature does not reclaim the land as a swamp. Their goal is to preserve the lake's recreational capabilities, bass fishing being one of them. They dredge the lake each year and perform weed harvesting. Even so, in the late spring, the weed growth in Musconetcong is very heavy. Thick mats of vegetation grow almost to the surface in most of the lake, and there are large boulders mixed in this, which makes fishing with a bass boat hard to say the least. More than one trolling shaft and outboard prop have been broken here.




You won't see a lot of boaters, anglers, and water skiers here. The lake does not receive the publicity the other lakes do. In fact, even in the spring and summer on weekends, surprisingly few people will be on the water at any one time. The lake is open to the public and has a good launching ramp. It is located right in the town of Netcong. It is a beautiful 329 acre lake loaded with a variety of cover and some real nice bass.

There are reasons for the lack of traffic on Musconetcong. For one, it is pretty shallow. It's average depth is about 4 feet, with the deepest water being only 6 feet. Since the bottom of the lake gets a lot of sunlight, there is tremendous weed growth. In fact, this lake is probably the 'weediest' you'll see in this region.

The shallow water also allows for rapid warming and cooling of the water compared to deeper lakes, so Musconetcong is usually a few weeks ahead of the other lakes in its seasonal warming and cooling. The daily temperature changes are more pronounced.

For the bass, this is an ideal habitat. There is a lot of food and cover to hide in. The bass we catch in Musconetcong are usually about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds on average, and some much bigger have been taken. It is not unusual at all to catch 8-10 bass in the 3 pound range, and one 5 pounds or over on a good day. Last year, we even took a 6 1/4 pounder from here.





LURES AND EQUIPMENT:

You should have plenty of weedless lures at Musconetcong. Tournament frogs, Bass Rats, Top-Props, and weedless spoons, along with Senkos and worms rigged Texas style are a must. There are some open pockets where you can cast some buzzbaits early in the year, but they disappear quickly as the water starts to warm. Most of the time, we rig the plastics without any weight, as the grass is just too thick. It is actually counterproductive because the water is only 4-5 feet deep. We like to use a spinning rod in 6 - 6 1/2 foot lengths in medium actions and a 6-8 pound test Stren line. In the baitcasters, we use a 7', med/hvy action rod, such as a G. Loomis Crankin' Stick and a Shimano Chronarch, spooled with 20-25 pound test Stren or Spiderline.



LOCATIONS:

The best areas to work these lures is the edges of the lily pads, right in with the frogs and rats, and the edges of the thick slop and mats of grass that accumulate on the surface. If you get there early in the year, you can learn where all the boulders and underwater objects are, which will aid your boating and fishing later. It is also worth searching the small drop-offs or depressions, many of which are right in the middle of the heavy grass. These areas will concentrate the fish, and at times we catch several from a small area before moving on.

Two areas that are really good are the edges of one small island, and the length of the tow path used by the old barge system. If you picture a line drawn from the public ramp to the far side, passing through a point about midway between the island and the right hand shore, you'll have a good idea of where it is.



Some other good baits to try in Musconetcong are soft plastic jerk baits like a Zoom, or Fin_S-Shad, or Sluggos and Bass Assassins. All in all, Musconetcong is a good time lake for all. Hopefully, it will be there for many years to come. Practice catch, photo, and release and you can assure the future of fishing and Lake Musconetcong for everyone.




Steve Vonbrandt
S&K Guide Service / Life member B.A.S.S./N.A.F.C./B.B.R.C./ 1998 B.B.W.C.DE


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 Apr 25, 2002; 09:18AM - 14 ft. dorsett 25 h.p. yamaha
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fishing reports
 Aug 23, 2003; 01:13PM - Football or Beachballs
 Category:  Saltwater Fly Fishing Reports
 Author Name:  Gary Graham
 Author E-mail:  bajafly@usa.net
Click here to enlarge Report Description: REPORT FROM GARY GRAHAM'S BAJA ON THE FLY:

PROVIDING QUALITY SALTWATER FLY-FISHING 365 DAYS A YEAR IN BAJA FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: bajafly@usa.net; USA toll-free (800) 919-2252; Mexico 011-52-624-14-10373

Sat., Aug. 23, 2003 Report covers the period Wed.-Fri. (8/20 - 8/22)

EAST CAPE, MAGDALENA BAY AND ZIHUATANEJO CONDITIONS

EAST CAPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

IN GENERAL: Plenty of football-size tuna close – just a few miles in front of La Ribera. For the fly-rodder, the problem is that they are down deep and keying on bait. Try this technique: use a weighted fly like a Clouser or Baja Deep Diver, cast as far as you can and let the line sink a long time. Depending on current, that could be as long as several minutes. Retrieve the fly in long, steady pulls. If you don't have a take in seven or eight pulls, roll cast your line back out and let the fly sink and try again. This is the classic 'Not what bites, but what might' situation and occasionally your strip strike will yield a
tuna that is not football-sized, maybe more like a beach ball. The billfish scene continues with blues and sails dominating the action. Makes it tough for the fly-rodder not knowing weather the fish in the teasers is going to be a frolicking sail or an angry blue speedster that takes the fly.

AIR & SEA -

Water temperature 79°-84°
Air temperature 81°-93°
Humidity about 79%
Wind SSE at 7 mph
Conditions Scattered Clouds (SCT) : 20,000 ft
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 6:57 a.m. MST
Sunset 7:44 p.m. MST

August 27 New Sept. 3 First Quarter Sept. 10 Full Sept. 18 Last Quarter

· OFFSHORE: Try the tuna early, then head out further and pick a fight with the
blue marlin and sails. Action is enough to provide a handful of shots a day for the
alert fly-rodder.

· INSHORE: Jacks, roosters and a occasional dorado to round out the action. If you want something a little different try the pargo at Las Barracas.

· BEACH: Cloudy water from recent rains sure makes it tough to play the sight casting game. Plenty of shots to be had at Bartle Beach if the conditions come together. Bright sun and clean water is a must to find Bubba.

BILLFISH - Not bad, handful of shots a day the norm for those who work at it.

YELLOWFIN TUNA - Hey it is football pre-season, look out for the big guys
under the porpoise in the next few weeks.

DORADO - Looking for dorado these days is like playing a shell game. Pick the
right shark buoy and smiles abound.

ROOSTERFISH - It's summertime and Bubba's back (not sure he ever left). Few
folks on the beach looking, so there is plenty of room for the serious anglers.

JACK CREVALLE - Lots of schoolies under the bait receivers at Punta Colorada
and La Ribera along with tonnage of needlefish.

BARRILETE OR MEXICAN SKIPJACK - They're mixed in with the tuna under the
porpoise.

PARGO AND CABRILLA - Las Barracas holding a few, but it’s an early morning
deal.

SIERRA - Punta Colorada Bay under the receiver the best shot.

MAGDALENA BAY, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

Sat., August 23, 2003 Report covers the period Wed.-Fri. (8/20 - 8/22)

IN GENERAL: Shhh! Hear the popping back up in the mangroves? That’s Mr. Snook
beckoning you to a 'Snook Smackdown'. With a couple of fish this week weighing in at an estimated 30- and 34-pounds and another half a dozen smaller ones, this could be a serious event attracting plenty of spectators including red snapper, leopard grouper and the ever present corvina. Looking for a fight? Dive right in and don't forget your Baja Deep Diver!

Out in the Pacific, temps are rising, bait balls are forming, marlin, tuna and dorado are beginning to arrive for the Fall extravaganza to be held in Nov. Don't miss out on the spectacular show. Get a front row seat at Flyrod Marlin 101. Call 800 919 2252 today.

Water Temperature 67°-73°
Air Temperature 74°-84°
Humidity 86%
Wind Calm
Conditions Clear
Visibility 3 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MDST
Sunset 7:54 p.m. MDST

August 27 New Sept. 3 First Quarter Sept. 10 Full Sept. 18 Last Quarter

YELLOWTAIL - Plenty of action under the bird schools at the entrada.

CORVINA - Pier, bridge and Power Plant all producing good action.

SNOOK - Best week this year!

HALIBUT - Always to be found on sandy beaches throughout the bay.

SIERRA - Pier and bird schools the best place.

ZIHUATANEJO, MAINLAND MEXICO

Please note the date. We are only providing weekly (not twice a week) reports for this area.

Sat., Aug. 23, 2003, Report covers the period Sat.-Fri. (8/16 - 8/22)

IN GENERAL: Offshore, the 82º blue water is right at the entrance to Zihuatanejo Bay, but the fishing is not nearly as good as we think it should be.

All the boats are each getting one or two sailfish per day. The small (160 pound average) blue marlin are still hanging around and feeding on the abundant skipjack tuna. The fleet, averaging about 10 boats, is taking about 1 blue a day.

We need a lot more rain than we have been getting to attract the dorado and make them stick around. As we approach Sept.., this should happen in the next couple of weeks. The heavy rains flush trees and debris out of the numerous rivers we have in the area, which in turn stacks up on the current lines. However, as it is now, very few dorado are being taken.

The roosterfish action is definitely one of the bright spots, but only about one boat a day is targeting them. Due to the lack of pressure, virtually the entire coast is virgin water. Those that do target the roosters are getting 4 to 5 fish a day. They are averaging between 30 and 40 pounds.

Water Temperature 75º-90º
Air Temperature 77°-90º
Humidity 83%
Wind Calm
Conditions Scattered Clouds
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:30 a.m. CDST
Sunset 8:06 p.m. CDST

August 27 New Sept.. 3 First Quarter Sept. 10 Full Sept. 18 Last Quarter

For more Information on Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo trips, go to:
http://www.bajafly.com/Zihuatanejo.htm

Baja on the Fly's Zihuatanejo report by Ed Kunze

 


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