11/5/16: Raising Delaware Awareness- A Mess of Minnows + Mink Showdown

Freshy Jackson
Location: Delaware River & Neversink River
Time: Morning

The Good Fella of the Della Lord Freshy Jackson ventured out to Port Jervis to spread some Delaware Awareness at the Delaware River and the tributary Neversink River.  Multiple spots were checked to judge future fishability.  Worms and live-lined Minnows got no action at all, perhaps it is too late in the season.  The Micro Stick saw all the action as these hard to identify Minnows/Shiners were the only fish around.  Shout out to the ID Wizards at NANFA for the ID assistance.

Creatures caught: Spotfin Shiner (Fresh #19), Swallowtail Shiner (Fresh #20), Fallfish (Fresh #21), Golden Shiner, other unidentified Minnows


Delaware River- Port Jervis

Delaware River

Success was minimal here but Freshy Jackson believes fish will be caught here in the Spring.  For now, only a few random Minnows were caught.  These fish proved near impossible to get a definitive ID but at least 2 new fish were caught here with 85% confidence: Spotfin Shiner and Swallowtail Shiner.

Spotfin Shiner

Spotfin Shiner

Swallowtail Shiner

Swallowtail Shiner, most likely


Neversink River

Neversink River

The Missing Link of the Neversink Lord Fresh Jackson only caught Minnows here also, but the deepwater at one of the spots appears to hold possibilities of good fish in the warmer months.  These spots are worthy of future explorations.  Another 85% confidence new fish ID occurred here: A juvenile Fallfish.  These fish grow over a foot so an adult would be welcome in the future.

juvenile Fallfish

Fallfish

juvenile Fallfish

A bunch of dope looking Shield Darters were seen darting around at another spot but were seemingly not in feeding mode for some reason, perhaps due to fear of the local Mink that roams here.  The Mink crept up from behind leading to a good 10 second stare down, before the Mink finally backed down.  Minks are supposedly viscous creatures so this animal likely had murder on it’s mind when it crept up on Freshy Jackson.

2016 Mammal of the Year: The Mink

2016 Mammal of the Year: The Mink

Fishy Jackson is likely hangin up the Rod Stick til next April.  Sitting on 71 NY Fish…29 new NY Fish remain til the star-studded 💯 NY Fish party…

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