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Post by BillSmith » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:34 pm

N and S branch
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Post by BillSmith » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:36 pm

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Post by BillSmith » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:38 pm

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Re: SMB

Post by Drossi » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:20 pm

Bronze "trout"

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Re: SMB

Post by Razorbacker » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:46 pm

nice smallies!

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Re: SMB

Post by BiggerThomas » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:09 pm

Nice bass, and great looking canoe! That's the way to get 'em.

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Re: SMB

Post by BillSmith » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:15 pm

Both the N and S branch are amazing to explore, we are lucky.
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Re: SMB

Post by martalus » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:52 am

Those are good sized smallies! Were most of them that sized or did you get smaller ones too? They look bigger than the average Delaware smallies.
What did you get them on? That water looks kind of flat/featureless-how did you know what areas to target?

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Re: SMB

Post by BillSmith » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:06 am

Taking fish out of a foot of water is really incredible. Casting small swim baits along any weed line or shady area. Find the shade find the fish. Saw 3 bald eagles on the S Branch float. Look into Kietechs on jig heads, deadly. We caught so many small bass we quickly lost count. Float trips are the way to go when fishing the N branch or lower S branch, cloudy days are best of course. All the deeper holes and fast runs held fish also. The main stem of the Raritan river is giving up quite a few big fish also.
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Re: SMB

Post by Rusty Spinner » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:07 am

A great and very underfished NJ gamefish. Thanks for the post.
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Re: SMB

Post by martalus » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:53 am

They really are a great species-I much prefer them to Large Mouth as I prefer fishing moving water as opposed to still water and smallies are more often found in rivers while large mouth more often found in lakes/ponds.

As I am told, smallies are not native to NJ. Someone once told me that they were introduced in streams near train tracks when rail lines were going in and meant to be a cheap food source for rail workers. I have no idea if this is true and I cannot remember who told me that. In any case, it's nice to have them as fishing for them is similar to how you fish for a trout, but much bigger flies/lures.

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Re: SMB

Post by Troutman » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:55 am

Smallies pull and fight harder then lmb imo
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Re: SMB

Post by Rusty Spinner » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:48 am

Troutman wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:55 am
Smallies pull and fight harder then lmb imo
That's not even remotely challenged by any angler. Smallies pull a heck of a lot harder than stocked trout as well! Moving/cold water will always increase the fight in whatever fish live in those waters over warm, freshwater water fish species.
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Re: SMB

Post by Razorbacker » Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:12 pm

BillSmith wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:06 am
Taking fish out of a foot of water is really incredible. Casting small swim baits along any weed line or shady area. Find the shade find the fish. Saw 3 bald eagles on the S Branch float. Look into Kietechs on jig heads, deadly. We caught so many small bass we quickly lost count. Float trips are the way to go when fishing the N branch or lower S branch, cloudy days are best of course. All the deeper holes and fast runs held fish also. The main stem of the Raritan river is giving up quite a few big fish also.
That is a really nice looking one. The ones I catch in NJ never seem to have the prominent tiger striping.

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Re: SMB

Post by Troutman » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:03 am

Rusty Spinner wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:48 am
Troutman wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:55 am
Smallies pull and fight harder then lmb imo
That's not even remotely challenged by any angler. Smallies pull a heck of a lot harder than stocked trout as well! Moving/cold water will always increase the fight in whatever fish live in those waters over warm, freshwater water fish species.
Agree. These are my go to fish in the summer months in the S.Branch and the Musky
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Re: SMB

Post by Twism86 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:37 am

Those are some good ones!!
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