Made a couple of trips north to catch some stripers in the Housatonic again. My buddy and I struggled just to catch. Only rats for us and not many. Interestingly – to make this a fishing report – last weekend on the Housey everyone who used soft white plastics seemed to suffer a sub-par day. I’m being conservative when I say that; it sucked for a lot of us… except one guy I watched pick up a bunch of (albiet small) bass on the troll with a thin red tube – about the farthest thing from a small white grub that you could imagine. He was bailing them. I stocked two for today’s follow-up trip a week later and it produces nothing for me. Still learning Housey.
Last weekend conditions were nice and we caught very little. My 14-year-old son’s been jonesing for a bent rod too, so I loaded an extra (sit-in) kayak and committed to taking him "rain or shine." He’s pretty fearless about the conditions when he’s on the water with me, so I knew he’d be OK there. It was "rain," not shine, and a lot of it. Torrential rains and a stiff 15mph wind followed us across the Sound from LI. To his credit, he never complained once and he fished his heart out under those conditions for over 4 hours. He did everything right. They just weren’t biting for us. I caught two tiny stripers, each about 18 inches. He got comfortable with my rig very quickly and probably would have stayed longer if not for the fact that we were both looking forward to a hot meal and a visit to Bass Pro Shops (right next to the ferry) on the way back.
It’s not always about whether or not you caught a fish.