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post #1 of 15
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I went out with my girl friend's dad for opening day of trout season in NJ. We went to a popular park on the rockaway river. I saw one guy catch a decent trout and maybe 4-5 other small ones caught. Usually you just see fish after fish get caught, people limit out and leave to cook their catch. We couldn't catch anything on any lure or even worms. The next part is kind of weird but i swear i'm not making this up. A container of this marshmallow looking bait comes floating down the river basically hitting my leg so i pluck it up and figure it has to be some kind of an omen right lol. So i hooked it up (and wade over to a totally different spot ) and i finally started getting nibbles...thought they were suckers but at that point i wanted to catch anything. Turns out this 17" Brook Trout sucked up that bait and, since i'd only caught the small 9-10" trout the state mostly stocks up to this point, this fish was just awesome to fight on light tackle. Right on the side of the river doing semi circles around me wading. I had to pin it against the shore cause i had no net.
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post #2 of 15
he was going to a marshmallow roast last night and you ruined it for him.
Congrats on the fish.
post #3 of 15
Welcome to the world of power bait.

Nice fish!!
post #4 of 15
Good story. Never give UP!
post #5 of 15
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yeah i hope that stuff isn't expensive cause i probably won't go trout fishing without it ever now lol
post #6 of 15
great report !!! nice catch
post #7 of 15
great fish !
post #8 of 15
to be honest, that trout looks like a native or hold over because of the bright colors on the fins
post #9 of 15
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i didn't think we had many hold over trout in nj on the rockaway river, but you know more than i do about trout cause i don't know much lol. that would be pretty cool if it was. I was under the impression that most trout that don't get caught and kept just die in the summer here.
post #10 of 15
Nice brookie! Good catch man...
post #11 of 15
Fish isn't a holdover or native. Place turns into a hot cesspool during summer. Only a few streams will keep fish all year in NJ. Is there a chance that there are a few wild trout somewhere in the Rockaway? Yes, but I'd bet all my money that they are not that big.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Skunkmaster flex View Post
Fish isn't a holdover or native. Place turns into a hot cesspool during summer. Only a few streams will keep fish all year in NJ. Is there a chance that there are a few wild trout somewhere in the Rockaway? Yes, but I'd bet all my money that they are not that big.

I wasnt sure since I have no idea about the whereabouts of this river. But I do know something. Trout don't get stocked with full length fins and white lined fins at that. Plus the colors on that thing are spectacular. If there is any tributary to that river which is a cold water stream, I would bet money that it is a hold over. Ive seen it around me. 2 months of 90 degree weather every summer and there are native trout 15 minutes from my house since it is a ground fed stream running through a valley. That fish may have been stocked, found a cold water spot, and hung out for the summer, then when it got cold ventured out and bit the wrong worm. Anythings possible with fish to be honest.
post #13 of 15
I just want to clarify that when I say holdover that I meant it wasn't from before last spring. It could have easily been stocked during the fall stocking but my main point is that a trout like that will most likely not live in the Rockaway all year long.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/trtinfo_fall.htm
post #14 of 15
Nice fish with a great story to go along with it.

A quick story of my own, because yours reminded me of it, being a similar situation and all...

Years ago I went on a fishing/camping trip up in NH with a bunch of friends and spent three days walking the river trying to catch a trout with no luck at all. Not because they weren't there, but because they would literally not bite on anything. I threw everything I had and couldn't get so much as a strike.

Finally, on the last day, we're all hiking back to civilization and decide to take a quick lunch break on a small footbridge across a tiny stream. A buddy of mine starts eating a bagel and I notice that right below us is a single trout hiding in the shadows of the bridge and grabbing up his crumbs as they fall in the water.

So, for the hell of it, I set up a spinning rod, put a piece of bagel on a hook, take a cast, and sure enough... BAM... 14" brown trout.

Three days in the mountains and couldn't get a single rise using every "natural" bait I could come up with, and I end up catching the only fish of the trip about a half a mile from the main road on a friggin' bagel.
post #15 of 15
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awesome...sometimes you just have to do something different or weird to catch fish, go with the gut and go with the flow (river pun ha)
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