Thought with spring here it might be appropriate to pen a little tribute to the Rebel Jumpin' Minnow.
It may not be the first lure that pops to mind when you're talking about trophy striper fishing (although it will sometimes catch big fish), it is one of the most productive striper lures in production for daytime use. They put stripers on the shore, in volume. Bone is color #1 but they all produce.
And its not even a saltwater lure!
One of the recipients of the proceeds from the SWE Conservation Raffle in years past was Kieth Gonsalves and the Ten Mile River Watershed Association. For years they have scooped herring over the Omega Dam in order to sustain the run. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6aSj8OOQ_w
I believe this is the last year as some stimulus cash has been allocated to build a fish ladder at Omega Dam and on some other RI rivers.
On the 2010 fishing season.
I fished with a Shimano Spheros today. I've said this before and I'll say it again- for the money, the Spheros is probably the best reel on the market. Trouble free, durable, handles braid well, good drag. Everything you'd want provided you're not going to put it under water a lot.
I've been using 1/0 hooks on my jumpin minnows but I think they'll walk better if I go down to #1's. They were sitting lower in the water that I'd like.
Big Bites Tackle-
Its an aluminum jig/lure, 1.75oz, 3 inches long.
Unconventional profile for a metal lure.
I haven't yet been able to swim it. With the aluminum body I expect a slower sink rate than many metal lures.
Chris and I fished the Farmington with Rich Strolis yesterday. We learned a ton and had a blast. Rich reminded me of time on the water with Captain Corey because just as i do with CP I find myself thinking "this guy will forget more about trout fishing (or stripers in Corey's case) than I will ever know"
Rich has a slick nymphing set up that incorporates a small balloon. I liked it because it doesn't have a flat surface and is also light. Still a good idea to water haul