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CITY LIMITS BASS FISHING – NEW JERSEY

5 Jul

Fishing is where, when and how you find it. You take what Mother Nature gives you rather than attempt to make her conform to your wishes. Fly Fishing Dojo’s New Jersey correspondent Sensei Bob knows this maxim well. He is often required to draw upon his extensive martial arts training to tap into his abilities to persevere and adapt so as to find fishing opportunity.

Recently, Sensei discovered that big bass can again be found in the midst of New Jersey’s most populated county. Big bass are again on the prowl at the man-made lake at Hudson County Park. Admittedly, the location, set against the New York City skyline and nestled in amongst condominiums of various size and shape, is not the most pristine of natural environments.

              

But, as much as “Home is where the heart is”, I say, “Nature and beauty is to be found all around you, if you open your eyes to it.”

Sensei Bob, reports that while fly fishing for these nice-sized urban largemouth bass is presently slow, they are eager to take a well presented Gulp worm.

             

Sensei Bob also advises that when fishing for these bass with a Gulp worm, don’t be surprised if you happen to hook one of the monster sized carp call this lake home. He has already caught and released two of these monster sized city-carp. Photographs of future catches of these huge carp to follow. Good luck Sensei Bob!

SENSEI JOHN

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FEBRUARY, 2011 – NJ SUPPLEMENT

6 Apr

Fly fishing is where and when you find it. To be sure there are those that plan and save for an exotic fly fishing adventure in a far off land casting to “promised as advertised” finned beauties. For me, I want to fish each and everyday as often as possible. When I am home in Arizona, my daily fly fishing desire manifests itself at one of several lakes in Arizona’s Urban Fishing Program. I recently had the opportunity of several weeks of steady work that took be back to my roots in northern New Jersey. During my stay, I was able to flick a few flies on the gloried, pristine trout waters of my youth.  To my (stress) relief and pleasure, I was also able to find consistent “Big-city limits fishing” within a twenty minute drive from work.

My big city fishing was at the lake at Hudson County Park. This man-made lake is set in one of New Jersey’s most densely populated areas; to wit: Hudson County, New Jersey.  Admittedly, the location, set against the New York City skyline and nestled in amongst condominiums of various size and shape, is not the most pristine of natural environments. But, as much as “Home is where the heart is”, I say, “Nature and beauty is to be found all around you, if you open your eyes to it.”

I often left the hectic pace of a day at work,  drove east on State Highway 46 into Cliffside Park, cut across Anderson Avenue to neighboring Weehauken and North Bergen and found my solitude amongst the several hundred visitors to the park. I stood on its concrete shoreline and cast my sharp feathery flies into the depths of its “citified” water.

A fisherman hooked this rainbow on a black Mepps in-line spinner.

Every now and then, I hooked a leaf, twig, even a plastic bag and a discarded fast-food-seller’s soft drink cup. More to my liking, I hooked the sporadic finned citizen of the lake. Such are the basis of urban legends.

I caught & released this rainbow using a # 14 Ju-Ju Bee Nymph fished behind a # 12 Black Wooly Bugger.

It is my understanding from the local fisherman that the rainbow trout caught during February are hold-overs from a stocking that took place in November, 2010. The next time you find yourself yearning to fish, give an urban lake a try. You may not be disappointed. A word of caution though (courtesy of the Parks Department):

Until the next submission, I remain,

Sensei John

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HUDSON COUNTY (NJ) DISPATCH

22 Sep
OASIS. When one reads the word, one conjures up an image of the standard dictionary definition; a fertile spot in a desert. In actual life, the word leaps off the pages of the dictionary to take on a more meaningful definition. For an enlightened few, the word is used to describe a place of refreshment from the mundane. For myself and my Goshin-Do Karate-Do brethren, the Dojo was such an oasis. It provided not only physical refreshment, but also spiritual and emotional rejuvenation as well. For those that explore the art of fishing, such an oasis exists at the point where water meets the Earth. It is at that point that a man, in search of those denizens that reside below the water’s surface, can be alone with and explore his inner being.
One of my Goshin-Do brethren, Sensei Bob, is an active fisherman. In the past few weeks, he has found such an oasis buried deep within the humdrum urban sprawl of Hudson County, New Jersey. The oasis is the lake located within the boundaries of Hudson County Park. For those willing to visit this oasis, an escape from the mundane can be found.
Fly Fishing Dojo first broke the story of this lake in a post dated August 13, 2010 entitled Breaking (Fishing) News. Since then Sensei Bob has explored the tantalizing offerings of this overlooked and under appreciated urban asset. He has found that there are offerings of largemouth bass that would rival the population of the tourist encrusted bass “hot-spots”. Sensei Bob has also learned that this lake harbors within its depths exotic species of fish known only to those that pursue and subsequently release them. Sensei has personally seen photographs of species of fish caught and released that one would not expect to populate a pristine lake, let alone this urban oasis. Perhaps in the future, Sensei Bob will be blessed with catching such an exotic fish. For now, I submit some of Sensei Bob’s photographs of denizens of the depths of Hudson County’s oasis for your pleasure.
 
 

 

                                         

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BREAKING (FISHING) NEWS

13 Aug
 BREAKING (FISHING) NEWS

7 Pound Monster Bass Caught In New Jersey

I just received a startling e-mail from a Goshin-Do Karate mentor and comrade, Sensei Bob. Not only is Sensei Bob a dedicated Yon-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt), he is also a talented fly-fisherman residing and fishing in New Jersey. Sensei Bob has discovered a dark secret hidden, or even intentionally ignored in Northern urban, industrial New Jersey.

 
Sensei Bob recently caught and released a beautiful 7 pound largemouth bass. You may ask from what infamous bass producing waters did he catch his monster. Was it the mighty fish producing rivers, the Delaware, Susquehanna, Musconetcong, or Raritan Rivers? No, Sensei caught his bass from a lake. Ok, then, was it the big fish nursery known as Round Valley Reservoir? Or, perhaps Lake Hopatcong, or Greenwood Lake, or a smaller lake, like Shepherd’s Lake? No indeed.
 
The lake Sensei Bob caught his monster bass in is located in the heart of Northern New Jersey, specifically in Hudson County. This monster largemouth bass makes his home in and prowls the waters of the lake in Hudson County Park! And, this monster bass is not alone! Sensei Bob tapped into his deepest martial skills, and used his courage, imagination, improvisation and concentration to fish in this urban concrete jungle. Sensei’s efforts have finally proven to all those North Jersey-ites that while they work, play and otherwise live the drama of life blissfully unaware of their existence, monster bass lurk and prowl in the midst of their neighborhood.
 
Please note that, like me, Sensei Bob, more often than not, fishes solo. As such it is difficult to find some one to assist in taking pictures. However; much like the History Channel’s TV show “Monster Quest”, Fly-Fishing Dojo will dispatch a team of journalists, photographers, crypto-zoologists and others to accompany Sensei Bob on a daring return trip to shed light on this otherwise mythical urban legend known as the “Bass and the City“.
Stay tuned, More to follow . . .
 

Sensei John

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