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Eastern Mosquito Fish

by Alan
(Hamilton NJ )

Magic Fly

Magic Fly

I fished a drainage ditch leading to a pond in an industrial park here in NJ.

The end of the ditch closest to the pond looked great and had some shade. The depth was 6-18 inches, had weeds and was loaded with small bluegills and tiny bass. I used an Owner Tanago hook with just a wisp of blue yarn glued on. To my surprise it was impossible to wet a fly without a bluegill or tiny bass hitting. I even had them jumping out of the water to grab it. But as small as they were they were too big and the mosquito fish along the edges did not have a chance to hit.

I went to the upper end which was only an inch or two deep, clear of weeds with a sand bottom. The mosquito fish were there and ready to be caught.

I fished for almost two hours and must have had a hundred hits before I was able to hook my first and another hour and a hundred more takes before I caught my third and smallest.

What a blast! Now I’m hooked and need to go back and try to catch a smaller one or perhaps a recently hatched bluegill or bass! I also need to try a few of the local streams for darters, dace, sculpin and other behemoths to add to my life list.

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