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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:12 am    Post subject: Connecticut River - Hamburg Cove 04/05 Reply with quote

After I left Bishop Swamp in Andover, I decided to drive down to Lyme for a hot meal and check on whether the anadromous white perch have made it into Hamburg Cove. First, I enjoyed yet another Fish Reuben and hot coffee at Rustic Cafe in East Lyme:



Iím addicted to that sandwich!

I was on the water from about 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Before I launched my kayak, I saw that it was much windier in Lyme than it was up in Andover. I could tell that the wind was whipping up the outer cover from the south and decided to stay in the inner cove. The water temperature was unchanged from the prior week at only 48 degrees. As usual, the water was crystal clear, but the glare from the overcast sky made it tough to see the dark bottom. Iím pretty sure that I caught the last of the outgoing tide, but didnít check the tide table.

A week earlier, the largemouth bass were biting, so I started by throwing a weightless, wacky-rigged, five inch, Green Pumpkin with Red Flake Senko. I didnít get any action at all, so I switched to a drop-shot, 2-1/2 inch, Pearl Silver Gulp! Minnow and began focusing on catching perch. So, of course, I caught a largemouth with it:



And only four minutes later, I finally, FINALLY caught a perch, although it was yellow, not white:



I didnít get any more bites after that and saw no sign of any white perch. I guess Iíll have to keep driving down there to check on them. . . and eat more Fish Reubens!
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 pm    Post subject: Hamburg Cove Reply with quote

Tuesday, May 7:



Whoo Hoo!



I kept four of the eight I boated. Of course, I didn't bring a bucket:


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday, May 10

The change in the weather from warm and sunny to cold and rainy lowered the surface water temperature and killed the white perch bite completely, although everything else was biting. I caught a few crappie, a half dozen pickerel, four sunnies, a half dozen largemouth, two dozen yellow perch and another channel catfish, but this one was smaller and prettier than the 25 and 28 inchers I caught there a few weeks ago. I caught ZERO white perch.

The temperature didnít change at all from 8:15 am to noon:



Hereís the golden catfish:



Hereís the 28 inch catfish from April 22:



Itís been The Year of the Cat for me. My daughter even boated a white catfish at Highland Lake on May 8:



The Bucket Jinx got me, AGAIN!



I knew that I shouldnít have brought it with me. Stupid bucket!
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