We fished with Northwind Outfitters (guided by R.J. Waldron) for stripers on October 25, 2007. We had a blast!! Since this was our first striper fishing trip we had no personal fishing gear and relied upon his equipment. His fishing gear is first rate – all his rods were G-Lomis rods, reels also high quality equipment. He had seperate rods rigged for bait casting, spinning, trolling and fly fishing. This allowed us to quickly adjust gear to fishing style with a minimum of “rigging time”.
He met us at the marina when we drove into the parking lot. His boat is a beautiful, clean, white 19 foot skiff with a center control consol and plenty of room to move around. Personal gear was stored in a compartment in the bow. The boat is equipped with Mercury outboard engine (I think he said it was 115 HP), radio and Hummingbird Fishfinder (sonar/GPS). An electric trolling motor is mounted on the bow and is controlled by a foot control unit.
Due to enroute time and traffic, we didn’t arrive until 0800 but the boat was tied at the pier ready to go. We quickly loaded up and spent the next eight hours fishing. Within two hours we had caught ten stripers and finished the day with 20! Since there were three of us, we kept a total of six and released the rest after the obligatory photos. We had a ball! My wife was so excited that she called via cell phone from the boat surrounded by the marsh to her brother in Ohio to brag. Although we tried all fishing methods, only live bait was successful. We drifted with the tide jigging with minnows and catching fish while other fishermen in other boats didn’t appear to have much activity.
As we said, we caught 20 beautiful stripers. It was a hoot and I strongly recommend a fishing trip with RJ. He knows his business and will do his best to ensure that you have a memorable experience.
Bill & Marcy Farnham
I have never written a guide service after the hunt, I want to thank you for what could be my best hunt day of the year! My Uncle (who is like a father to me) came out from Chicago and I wanted to treat him to something different. As guides go you were very different, professional, kind, knowledgeable, hard working and really fun to be around. You put us on ducks, lots of them, it wasn’t your fault we only got 13! The weather couldn’t have been worse, but the day couldn’t have been better. My hunt buddy Steve and I look forward to hunting and fishing with you in the future, thanks for being different!
SUSAN AND I HIRED YOU, A COUPLE OF MONTHS BACK, FOR FLY FISHING FOR STRIPED BASS. WE REALLY ENJOYED YOUR VERY STABLE, NEW, AND CLEAN BOAT. AND WHEN THE FISH WEREN’T TAKING LURES, YOU BAITED HOOKS WITH LARGE MINNOWS YOU HAD BROUGHT IN THE BAIT WELL, “JUST IN CASE.”
YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND CONCERN TO SEE THAT YOUR CUSTOMERS GOT FULL VALUE WERE EVIDENT AND APPRECIATED.
I NO LONGER HIRE OLD GUIDES. TOO MANY OF THEM HAVE LOST THEIR ENTHUSIASM FOR THE SPORT AND FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS – THEY JUST TAKE YOUR MONEY AND GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. YOUR FRESHNESS AND OBVIOUS ENJOYMENT OF GUIDING WERE VERY SATISFYING; BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE CAUGHT FISH!
MANY THANKS AND WE’LL BE BACK.
WARD & SUSAN PROESCHER, LAS VEGAS, NV, & ALAMEDA, CA 10/27/07
To All Potential Customers,
Delta Sport Boats Inc.
Once again, I was fortunate enough to find a opening in R J ’s schedule during my sons leave from the USAF. I am still amazed by R J ’s uncanny ability to always locate catchable fish, no matter what the condition. This latest trip was very meaningful to my son and I, due to the fact he ships out to Iraq next month. R J ’s always willing to bend over backwards to set up a trip for me on my busy schedule, on this day, he actually had done a early morning guide and was back in at 1:30 p.m. and we met him at Big Break launch ramp as his morning clients were saying their thanks, and handing him a $100 tip. I asked one of the two ladies how the fishing was, and she just said “He sure knows what he is doing! I think we caught about 15 Stripers, and one was 18 lbs. and I am sore”.
We got to R J ’s secret hot spot around 2:15 p.m. and my son hooked up with a nice 8 pounder, to sum up the afternoon, we were back at the launch ramp by 4:30 p.m., the quick trip produced 7 beautiful Stripers, with a score of 4 to 3, the son, like always, beating out the old man! I wouldn’t have it any other way…….
To anyone concidering a guide trip with R J, only book a trip if you are: Interested in actually catching fish, riding in a awsome boat, enjoy good company, and enjoy gaining knowledge of the wonderful sport of fishing…..R J is the most pleasant, talented fishing guide I have ever had the pleasure of going out with.! Thanks again R J, four trips, two will be forever special, one with my son, and one with my dad, hey,? How come the dad and the son both caught more fish then me.?
"North Wind Outfitters provided a day my brother and I will never forget. Limits of stripers with the biggest being 15 lbs. in less than two hours despite fishing in 20 mile hr. winds and heavy rain. With little fishing experience RJ furnished good equipment and good instruction. Thanks RJ” -- Sean O. Wilson
5 star rating for RJ and his guide service, professional, courteous, and great fun. I took over 5 trips with him this past duck season and had a blast.
I’ve hunted with many guides before but North wind outfitters tops them all! RJ is a true outdoorsman; knowledgeable and willing to take the time to teach. I whole heartedly recommend his guide service for a fun and memorable experience.
To all Prospective Customers of North Wind Outfitters: Please allow me to give my unqualified recommendation to “NWO”.
My son and I first met Captain RJ when he guided us on a fishing trip in the “Delta”. We had a great time and caught a lot of fish. This was my son’s first real guided fishing trip and he was grinning from ear-to-ear from the first fish to the last. I was particularly impressed with RJ’s “mentor-like” approach he used to inspire my son to do his best.
RJ’s equipment is first rate and his command of the “hot spots” was impressive. My son and I subsequently returned to have RJ guide us more good fishing.
~RJ is the kind of guy that makes hunting fun. He knows the game you are after and is highly skilled at getting the ducks to give you the hunter a chance. He cares about what happens after the shot as well. He works hard. He runs a first class operation in every respect. I am taking my five-year old little girl fishing with him in the near future. I trust him that much.”
Dr. Don Crowe
RE: Striper fishing What a superb family event! As the Grandfather I took my daughter and her 8 year old son and 6 1/2 daughter for a very memorable day in the Delta with Capt. R. J.. We had fish on in 15 minutes Total was 15+ fish up to 13 pounds in three hours. Everyone including a proud Grandpa was absolutely thrilled. Great job R. J.!!!
Robert J. Sciutto
What can I say other than: I HAD THE BEST DAY OF FISHING IN MY LIFE! I do have one complaint though – my arms were sore from the seemingly endless reeling in of 4-12 pound stripers (and the 20ish pounder that got away). The experience was phenomenal. I have already recommended your service to several friends and look forward to fishing with you again. Thanks!
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