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Here we go. There up north all the way to the first Barrier Dam 160 miles north of NY City.

Here is what has happened in the Hudson north of Hudson River Mile 100. (100 miles north of the Battery at the foot of Manhattan, NY)


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Striper Contest Update - Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.

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It was an extremely busy day here at the River Basin. Lots of people to talk to and lots of fish to check in. There just wasn't enough time to get the pictures of today's stripers onto this website, but we'll be working to try and get them on tonight. In the meantime we do want to post the new standings for the striped bass contest - they are as follows:

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1) Pat Abate 42 1/2"

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2) Chris Geroux 42"

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3) Frank Tamburro Jr 40 1/2"

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4) Marc Uhrik 40 1/2"

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5) Mike Fastert 40"

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Tomorrow looks like a dynamite day coming up. If you get out - good luck! Tom G

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Striper Contest Update - Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.

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There's no question that a huge school of larger stripers has moved into our section of the river. We just had our third contest lead change of the morning - Patsy Abate of Medusa measured in a 42 1/4 striper that he caught using chunk herring.

We're running way behind on the pictures but will be posting them as soon as we get the chance. There are big fish around - try to get out on the water. Tom G

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Striper Contest Update - Friday, April 26, 2013 - 9a.m.

Just measured in a new leader for the contest, Chris Geroux of Hillsdale is now in the lead with a 42 incher. Marc Uhrik's lead lasted just about half an hour. Pics later.

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Striper Contest Update - Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8:30 a.m.

We have a new contest leader this morning, Marc Uhrik of Hunter boated a 40 1/2 incher from the "bridge run" at Catskill. Picture later. Tom G

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Hudson River Fishing Report – Thursday, April 25, 2013

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We continue to rate the striper action all along the mid-Hudson tidal river as good to very good - not surprisingly since some huge schools of herring made their way upriver this past week. A lot of the stripers that were just hanging around down in the lower New York harbor will have followed that bait all the way up here to us. Present water temps range in the low 50’s, perhaps a hair cooler in the Albany area.

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The week previous to this one saw the stripers max out at about 35 inches. This week we are hearing about (and have seen) fish up to the 40 inch mark. Our first River Basin Contest leader this year, John Munno of Leeds, had a 38 ¾ incher which he caught last Monday on a live herring just north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge at Catskill. Although his big fish came on live bait he caught several other smaller stripers that morning using chunk. John always fishes during the first 2 or 3 hours of daylight… and quite successfully at that.

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But then, this morning (Thursday) we did measure in a new leader for our contest. This striper measured in at a good 40 inches in length. Mike Fastert of Ravena, who has caught a bunch of other stripers this spring, said he caught the beaut in the New Baltimore area using chunk herring for bait. The measuring of Mike’s fish opens up a new stage of the striper run in the river – it signifies that larger fish, those over 40 inches, have started to move up.

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Fish in the 3 foot class (20 to 22 lbs. normally) are being reported from the stretch from Poughkeepsie through Norrie and all the way to Kingston, as well as up the Rondout Creek. From there to the north the mid-river flats around the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge have started to produce and the Glasco flats to the south of Saugerties are continuing to yield decent fish.

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We haven’t received any reports yet from the Malden area although that action should mimic what’s being found at the surrounding locations. The Cheviot to Germantown stretch is still producing well, as it has for just about the past 3 weeks. Those shore bound anglers along the railroad tracks are getting fish from 24 to 36 inches using bloodworms, chunk bait and live herring. Bloodworms are still producing well… as one of our customers put it – “It feels like cheating!”

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Catskill Creek has been steadily producing fish ranging from30 to 35 inches but seemingly mostly during the early morning hours. Greendale, across the river from Catskill, is producing as is the Rip Van Winkle Bridge area and Hamburg on the west shore.

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We haven’t heard much from the Hudson power lines but further upriver the Four Mile Point to the north of Athens has been good to those anglers. Coxsackie, although it was the first location we were aware of to produce a striper this year, seemingly has quieted down this past week.

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New Baltimore is seeing action, as witnessed by our new contest leading fish. Those anglers there fish not only in mid-channel but also on the shallower 4 to 6 foot deep shoreward flats. Our last reports from Bethlehem and waters to the north were of sparse action although the feeder creeks up that way were reportedly filled with river herring.

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One of our River Basin Fishing Team members fished in the Troy dam area today (Thursday) and just slammed the fish. He reported herring to be abundant and the stripers to be very co-operative… even though he noticed other anglers not having such good luck. His biggest fish measured in at about 38 inches. The stripers were lying on the deep side of the drop off below the dam. Prior to this most other recent reports we’d had from there had been of sparse action.

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The bait supply at the River Basin has improved considerably from last week’s slow point and presently we have a good supply of both fresh dead and frozen herring available. Additionally we just received a new shipment of “herring dodgers” which guys are using in conjunction with their Sabikis to catch herring (we had sold out of our first 3 shipments in real quick order). Also, bloodworms are once again in stock. Looks like a great fishing weekend coming up with bigger fish starting to arrive – so grab your rod, a stoolie and a Sabiki and be sure to get out and to enjoy it. Tom G


You can follow the Hudson River Action by seeking the River Basin Sports Shop fishing report from Catskill, NY, on line.
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Muchas Gracias biggrin.gif
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Hay guys! I just invited five thousand people to your spot! Sure hope a couple hundred show up!


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They just don't learn.
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Greene County NY thrives on tourism. I'm just doing my bit as a resident of that rural county. We like your money and there are several river side parks on both sides of the river that will not be crowded at all. And you will need to go on line and obtain a Free NY Migrating Fish permit. The recopocity agreement NY Has is with NJ, CT and RI. Come on up. We arnot livin in an area like NJ or LI where you have 50 million people crammed into a relatively small region. biggrin.gif

Sort of a reverse "Together - "The Hudson River Valley and You!"

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"There be Monsters Here!"
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I quit targeting breeding bass twenty years ago.

Well, at least traveling to target them.
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Bob gets a free pass biggrin.gif. He ain't burning our state that's for sure. Maybe that's why this report is in the NJ forum...
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Lesson of the day; it's ok to burn if yer buddy buddy w the mods...
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Originally Posted by squidlips View Post

I quit targeting breeding bass twenty years ago.

Well, at least traveling to target them.

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Lesson of the day; it's ok to burn if yer buddy buddy w the mods...

I see what ya did there, damn goons. cwm27.gif
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Hi RJ, Could you recommend a tackle shop or guide service in the area. I would like to come up and fish the area with a couple of friends.
Thanks. You can pm me if youl like
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There are charter boats with guide out of Connelly, NY just south of Kingston. Some have come from Lake Ontario and others up from NC. There might be 6 to 10 6 pack style boats at the marina this time of year.They have 10 to 15 years targeting striped bass in that portion of the Hudson that has given up the past 3 NY State Inland Records. a 50 and 53.6 and a 55.6 tw0 on herring and 1 on a trolled plug.

Call Certified Marine Service's 845 339 3060 N Ask for Sharon Jones. She runs the Marina and hosts the Guide's Boats. She is a class act and a very nice lady.

River Basin in Catskill can give you a coupld of guides out of Catskill Creek 518 943 2111 As for Tom Gentalen.

Both companies have web sites.

If you have your own boat you can launch at the Ulster county, Ryder Park just north of Kingston, NY to fish that area. There is a Hudson River access map that will list the boat launches the entire length of the river from Troy to Tarrytown.

It is good now and if the weather stays moderat you should be able to fish right thru the 2nd week or third week in May. they were 20 days late in atrriving at Catskill, but now that ther are there and all the way up past Troy another 30 mils north of Catskill,NY they are just waitig for 50 Degrees water temps and they will spawn and leave. When that happens I pland on be fishing the Flats in Cape Cod for Chesapeake Bay spawned out fish in mid may and Hudson River Spawned out fish in June.

I'm in that contest, but opligations here in NJ will delay my departure for two weeks or more.
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Thanks very much RJ.
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WE JUST GOT TOO MANY FISH COMING THROUGH TO GET THOSE PICTURES POSTED HERE SO INSTEAD, JUST FOR THE TIME BEING, WE ARE ONLY POSTING THE PRESENT CONTEST STANDINGS. BEST FISHING OF THE DECADE GOING ON AT PRESENT - DON'T MISS OUT!


How's that for a headline. Posted by Tom Gentalen a few days ago on the River Basin Sports Shop site in Catskill, NY.


I attened a Marine Fisheries Seminar sponsored by the NJ Fed. of Sportsmen at their Convention last Saturday. The topic of Chesapeake Bay striped bass production came up and one of the presenters, a NJ Marine Biologist, said there is a possibility that because of losses to pollution of immature Chesapeake Bay striped bass the Hudson River and Delaware River striped bass maybe producing more striped bass than Chesapeake Bay.
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Now the Hudson River leader is a fish caught today that measured 45".

Striper Contest Update - Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12 noon

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The great striped bass fishing continues... gotta be the best we've seen in the last 15 years. For the first time since the 1990's we're seeing anglers catching multiple 40+ inchers in one day and catches of 6 to 9 fish in one outing are not unusual. Chunk bait seems to be the trick, but don't go thinking that live herring or bloodworms don't work.

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Catching bait herring is either a snap or it isn't. If there's a school of them in your vicinity and the Sabiki's aren't working - throw out a stoolie. Of course, the use of a stoolie predicates the use of a net so this can only be done in the main river, not in any creek or tributary.

Just this morning we saw our first 45 inch fish of this year's run as John Neidhardt of Accord took over our contest's lead. John was fishing chunk bait to catch the lunker.

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It this stage the contest's lead is capable of changing multiple times each day, particularly when a new school of fish moves into the area. If Neidhardt's new contest leader was part of a new grouping of stripers moving upriver we might just see a quick jump up coming in the catch sizes. If it was just a larger than average size from one of the previous groupings then we're still in a status-quo for the time being.

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We haven't been posting any new pictures on this website because we've been so far behind on our work this year, thanks to all your business - much appreciated though! We'll be trying to get the pics up as quickly as possible. Scap nets? Sorry, we just have not had the time to get more of them ready and had to turn down dozens of requests for them this week.

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It looks like the spawn has started.

Hudson River Fishing Report – Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Time’s Up! If you haven’t yet been out to enjoy this great striper run you had better do so within the next 4 to 5 days… at least if you want to be in for the peak of the striper action – the 2013 striped bass spawn has started. We’ve been monitoring reports from both up and down river for the past few days (and hoping for a cooling trend to set in – it didn’t) and as we saw the river’s temperature rising we knew it would only be a matter of days until the fish went into their spawning mode. It started last night, at least in the area between Norrie Point and Coxsackie.
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The spawn does not occur all at once but rather is staggered in duration throughout the length of the tidal river, sometimes taking place over several days or, as in one weird year I can recall, over several weeks. During the spawn the fish will be seen splashing at the surface of the water, sometimes in a small group and at others hundreds of fish will be beating acres of surface to a froth at the same time.
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And, coinciding with the spawn we now have a new striped bass contest leader. Our winner from last year, William Walsh of Rock Tavern, New York was out early this morning and witnessed all sorts of spawning activity, catching multiple smaller 20 to 30 pound fish, when he sensed that whatever had just grabbed his line wasn’t just an ordinary runt striper. His line zinged out, and judging from the tenacity of the fight he thought he was hooked onto what could have been the heaviest striper he had ever had a chance to play. As a bystander boat watched the fight and the battle’s conclusion they heard him exclaim – “That’s a six thousand dollar fish!”
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And there’s a good chance that just might be true. We measured the monster in at 47 ½ inches (1/4 inch shorter than his 2012 winner) and had it hit the scales at 47 pounds on the nose (1.8 pounds heavier than his 2012 fish). Of course the year before that (2011) he had an even longer fish, a 48 ¼ incher… but was beat out in our contest standings by Tom Borchert’s contest record fish, a 49 ¼ incher. So, we’re sure that Borchert, as well as other top striper anglers up and down the river will be doing their best to top Bill’s fish – and we know that many of them feel that the peak time for the really big fish is still yet to come.

So do yourself a favor and get out there this weekend, there probably won’t be a better time for maximum action this year. Tom G.

I'm heading up north on Tuesday night, and hope there will be a few fish hanging out till Friday. Then from there to Cape Cod I go. Two rainy days this week might get to see another spawning event.

RJ
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