Remember that in the last issue I mentioned that this was New England and if the weather was unsatisfactory just wait a minute. Well we had a short stretch of hot and humid weather followed by a return to the cold and drizzle. After enjoying a week or so of fine summer weather the switch came as a shock to the system. In fact I returned from striper fishing yesterday quite chilly, I could see my breath most of the morning!
The weatherman promises a gradual warm up over the next few days and a return to summer. Fortunately no one told the fish that it was cold and wet. The striper fishing has been unbelievable this week and looks to only get better for a couple of weeks. The ospreys are gathered feeding on the alewives that are waiting to head up the river to spawn; on Sunday afternoon we counted 20 within a few hundred yards. The seals and eagles are nearby as well, making for interesting wildlife watching in addition to great fishing.
In one of the small coves that I have been fishing we have seen a mink on almost every visit. I think that there must be a den nearby and that the young have a parent hunting steadily to keep the food coming. That would explain why we keep seeing it in the day time. We had a skunk in the yard at the office this week that had a face full of porcupine quills. The skunk was out in the daylight another unusual occurrence that I assume was because of the quills. He finally wandered off but only after giving Woody the golden retriever a lesson on why he should avoid skunks! Fortunately the dog does not have to ride in the Tahoe for a while and hopefully has learned to give those black and white cats a wide berth. I really can’t imagine how the skunk wound up with a face full of quills even a small porcupine would be bigger than he was so it seems unlikely that the skunk thought he would make that porky his supper.
I also fished with a client on one of my favorite smallmouth bass ponds in the last few days, the fishing was excellent he caught a number of bass; several over 2 pounds. I always enjoy paddling the strip built grand lake canoe around the shore of a quiet pond, seeing the sights and having a client in the bow catching one bass after another. What a great way to spend a morning! Of course that was on one of the sunny warm days with a perfect blue sky. It is a great memory for both of us.
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