April 17, 2009 Brian Schmit Bass

With a thin layer of ice still on my deck as we left the river for open water, I was wondering outloud if the weather will ever warm up! Water temps was 44′ with a forecast high of 70′ onland. As we approached the Reach I found a real dirty slug of water, but what the hell we are here to fish, lines in!! It did take about 30 minutes for my fish finder to light up but every time we went over fish, the lines went off. This was a trolling trip and we pulled hard plastic. The bass seemed to enjoy the lures and for while we had the are to ourselves. The fish were spread over a large area and if you found them, they bit. By noon there was a very large fleet spread from Keansburg west, and the bass were still biting. The bunker bite is comming, just have to wait alittle bit longer…     I ended up fileting 4 bass to 32″, all the rest went back to fight another day……

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