Monday, October 5, 2009

Sakwinder Narwal

Sakwinder Narwal takes a true enthusiasts delight in every aspect of the fishing experience. “ Fishing has taken me to some of the wildest and most beautiful natural settings,’ he says. But Sak Narwal’s interest in fishing goes far deeper. “I have to know it all. I am an amateur ichthyologist. I want to know everything about the environment and feeding habits of both fresh and salt-water fish. I am also fascinated by the technology of fishing; I have hundreds of lures and dozens of rods and reels. Most importantly, I love the connection with nature that I get from fishing. There is nothing as relaxing and satisfying as catching fish on a beautiful day on a beautiful body of water.”

Sakwinder Narwal on the Delaware River
New Jersey is not usually thought of as a center for freshwater fishing, but there is no better locale to fish for the American Shad than New Jersey's beautiful portion of the Delaware River. The shad, a lesser known, migratory member of the herring family returns to its birth waters each year in the early spring. They come at the beginning of April when the water temperature begins to top the 50 degree mark. At first just a few at a time, then in small pods and finally, when the run is in full swing more than a million shad work their way up the Delaware river. The three or four pound shad bucks aggressively seek to spawn with the four to six pound roe filled females. Shad are a mysterious fish in that they are thought to strike at the lures, called shad darts, not out of hunger but out of annoyance.

Sakwinder Narwal loves to visit Louisiana for the food, the music and the fishing. In Buras, Louisiana, he fished a marshy bank area on a severely low tide. Using a 3/4 oz. jig head and queen-sized minnow lure-and was working the lure with an up-pop method and feeling the lure bounce bottom on each rebound. This method resulted in hard fighting redfish; many of them and most in the ten pound range.

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