"As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved to fish"      

        When i was 5 years old I would be content to fish for hours as long as dad put a worm on the hook once in a while. Many years have past since my childhood but time did not diminish my zeal for fishing.
        One day I found myself fishing Lake Ontario tributaries for spawning salmonoids. This was a new experience for me and I found the challenge of trying to land 20-30 lb. king salmon alot of fun. The more I fished up north the more I heard about steelhead (sea run or lake run rainbow trout that grow to large sizes). I learned that many experienced steelhead anglers consider a successful day just catching a steelhead and many fishermen have spent years without catching a steelhead.
        I soon became determined to catch a steelhead and set dates to head north when the fish were in the river. I learned first hand just how difficult these fish were to catch. Two trips of fishing from dawn to dusk produced not even hooking one of these fish.
        I planned a 3 day trip in late October, the first two days produced nothing, but at the end of the second day, I found a pool that was holding steelhead, so I planned to be there first thing in the morning. It was still dark when I arrived at the river. After 20 minutes, another fisherman approached and asked if I minded if he fished the pool also. Not minding, I said, "sure", and he started fishing about 10 feet downstream. I was surprised that he quickly hooked a steelhead and played the fish down river. He came back and hooked another fish. I soon lost count of how many fish he hooked. I hooked on the same type of fly as he had on but nothing worked. I simply couldn't hook up with a fish.
        Seeing my frustration, he came over and gave me some pointers. He told me a large run of steelhead were in the river and that I needed to use a longer, lighter leader and change my drift. Doing what he suggested, it didn't take long before a large steelhead took the fly and raced down stream. After a twenty five minute battle I landed a 13 1/2 pound steelhead - a real trophy.

                              BUT THAT WASN'T MY CATCH OF A LIFETIME...

        I was working as a mail handler moving sacks of mail from tractor trailers. One night I was taken back when a driver named Tom asked me if I felt I was going to heaven. I thought for a minute, being a regular church attender and what most people would think of as a nice guy, and said, "probably."
        We got together a short time later and Tom shared from the Bible that no one deserves heaven by being what they feel is a good person. The Bible says that there is no one good, no, not one (Romans 3:10) and that all have sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23).

    JUST LIKE FISHING FOR STEELHEAD, I THOUGHT MY METHOD WAS RIGHT, BUT I WAS WRONG.

        Jesus said "The only way to the Father is through Me" (John 14:6). Most people know Jesus died on the cross for sin, but they fail to realize that He died for their sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (hell) but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). Even if people think we're good we still need Christ, without Him we are doomed to hell, which the Bible describes as the lake of fire and eternal torment (Revelation 20:10).
        It doesn't matter how bad or how good you think you've been, Christ loves you and His death on the cross is sufficient to cover your sins. All you need to do is let Him into your life. Christ says, "Behold, I stand before the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" (Revelation 3:20). That door is your heart.
        Don't be like I was and feel that you are good enough to get into heaven or let pride get in the way. Life is short, the Bible says that it is like a vapor that soon passes away (James 4:14). Everything we possess on earth, we will leave behind when we die. Jesus said, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul" (Mark 8:36).

                    IF YOU FEEL THERE IS SOMETHING MISSING IN YOUR LIFE...

        ...remember that Christ can change your life. All you need to do is give Him the opportunity.
        You can ask Him to come into your life right where you are now. All it takes is a simple prayer like, "Jesus, I know I don't deserve to go to heaven and that I'm a sinner. I accept what You did on the cross for payment of my sins. Please come into my life." But don't stop there. Jesus said, "Take up your cross and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).

                   HERE ARE THREE THINGS THAT CAN HELP YOU FOLLOW HIM:

        1. Get a Bible and start to read it.
        2. Find a church where the Bible is taught as the infallible Word of God and attend regularly.
        3. Pray daily. Find a time that you can spend in prayer every day.
        Committing to these 3 things will help you grow as a Christian.
       
        I can now catch steelhead on a regular basis, but this has taken committment to practice different techniques and alot of reading on these fish to learn about them.
        The more you read the Bible and pray, the more you will learn about God.
        Please consider this - if you forget me and this tract you've lost nothing, but if you forget Christ, you've lost everything.
                                                    Bob Delonas

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Current River Conditions

Weekly Update 10/13/17 The Delaware as well as fishing across the board was better this week. Smallies were on the feed in the Delaware and Walleyes were on the feed after dark. The river is low and clear, light line amd flurocarbon leaders will help you connect with more fish. Reports of large trout stocked in NJ streams last week, low and clear water are causing issues. Better reports on the ocean front , some nice Stripers and larger Blues are being caught. Wind has been a problem for both the boats and surf fishermen. The Salmon river Pulaski seem to be in a transition from Salmon to Steelhead. The next few weeks will tell if there will be a decent push of Steelhead this Fall. 10/07/17 The only good fishing reports came in from up north, Pulaski. They are having the best Salmon run in a few years, Cohos and Kings. There are fish being caught the entire length of the Salmon river. Back home the bite on the Delaware has slowed to a Summer like condition. One report of a fisherman trying for Walleyes and Smallies giving that up and switching to Catfish. He did well and backed up the report with pictures. Rain is in the forecast for Monday, also a mid week cool down. This schould improve conditions across the board, NJ is doing there Fall Trout stocking, hope there is enough rain to increase to a decent flow in the Streams. Lakes and the Ocean posts were all a slow down blamed on the heat and full moon. Lets see what this week brings, the leaves are changhing color at least its starting to look like Fall.  10/03/17 The Delaware is fishing well, Smallies during the day and a decent Walleye bite at dark and after. The water is very clear, so if your fishing Smallies going to lighter line or a flurocarbon leader will be more productive. Shad are moving down river with most of the fish targeting them, Shinners are a hot bait but minnow like lures and jigs are working. The fish are in the runs and moving into deeper water. The Salmon river Pulaski are getting some good runs of Salmon, the best in three years. Local lakes are also active with Bass, Perch and Pickerel going into a Fall feeding pattern, late afternoon has been the best time. The shore action is mainly up north, Raritin bay Sandy Hook areas  with Blues moving in and feeding on abundant bait. 9/19/17 The Delaware river continues to fish well with Smallies schooling in the runs and Walleyes mixed in. My son fished the river this past week on a drift and did well with Smallies and some nice Walleyes. The fish are on a active feed and are taking a variety of lures and bait. I have been fishing the surf this week and the mullet are running the surf with Stripers and Blues on them, the Stripers have been puting up hard runs in the rough surf , have lost more than were landed. The local lakes are also fishing better with reports of Bass, Perch and Pickerel caught. This is more of a traditional September with the fish on a active feed, the best that I have seen in three years, dont miss out.  



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