"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).


        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).


        ...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).


        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 5/19/2017 Last Saturdays rain from the reports put a damper on the Shad fishing. The Delaware ran high and off color, but the run is not over and if there isnt to much rain this week that fishing still will be productive. Zane Grey usually fishes well late in May for Shad. Another option is where the tribs enter the river, with all this rain the fish will stage there being on an active feed. These areas can be very productive especially near dark, Walleyes, Catfish, Bass, Trout, you never know. Casting lures or shinners can put you into some of the largest fish the Delaware has to offer. Fished Sandy Hook on Wednesday and it was red hot. Have not seen the fishing that good since Sandy. Stripers to 35 inches and Blues were caught. This week the surf fishing was better than the boats, the fish are close to the beach. The local lakes are still fishing well but with the heat fishing a couple hours prior to dark will be the most productive time. These next two weeks will be the most productive time to this Fall, get it while you can.  5/12/2017 Still good reports of Shad being caught and a lot of them from the Trenton area all the way to Narrowsburg. There are also reports of Walleye and Catfish being caught, trib mouths near dark best areas and time. Checked the weather this morning and rain is in the forecast for the weekend but the bulk of it schould push more out to sea. Hopefully this will not effect the fishing. I fished the Sandy Hook area on Tuesday and had a slow but steady pick on Bluefish from 2 to 10 pounds and a couple of Stripers. Bait did best but had hook ups on shads as well. If the weekend weather dosent hurt the fishery it will just get better this week. Local lakes and Trout streams all had reports of good fishing. This schould be a prime week to get out and fish, cool weather and active fish, take it before the heat slows it down.   5/5/2017 The beginning of the week the Delaware started to rise and get off color. My son fished late Tuesday and they caught a couple of nice Shad and a 8 pound Channel cat that thought a shad dart was tasty. He said then the higher off color water hurt the fishing. The river yesterday looked to dirty to be productive and with the rain today it will not get better. The middle of next week it schould be worth fishing again if the water clears, there are lots of Shad and Catfish and Walleye reports also prior to the higer water. The local lakes may offer the best oppurtunity this week end, there are lots of good reports of fish being caught near the shore lines. Lures, Jigs and bait all taking fish. Yesterdays salt water reports were the Blue fish and Stripers were on. But they have wind and runoff today kicking up grass and mud. But it may be worth the trip early in next week. Hooking a large Blue or Bass will put a smile on your face, boats and surf may both be productive. 4/27/2017  The big action on the Delaware are the Shad, the best run in decades. Reports of good fishing from Lambertville up river to Narrowsburg. Both bank and boat fishermen are doing well mainly using Shad darts. The top of runs have been the hot spots. Catfish and Walleye are being caught at dark with a couple of Striper reports. Area lakes are also turning on, we fished yesterday and found the Crappies schooled up and hungry near the shore line. Fatheads worked best but they were also caught on Jigs, lots of Bass were also near the shoreline and hungry, Bass is closed so quickly release them. The salt water was more miss then hit but the water cooled down again. There were more and better reports then last week, Blues and Stripers. A warm up this week schould bring these fish on a heavy feed and worth a trip.  


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