Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Union County Oddties

Carp!!

When: Sunday, April 13th, from 3pm to 4pm
What: Fishing for fish for my fish tank
Weather: Mostly cloudy, breezy, warm. 82 degrees, SW wind at 18mph and gusting to 25mph.
Barometric Pressure: 29.98in (was 30.02in at 2pm, slowly falling)
Relative Humidity: 31%
Sunrise: 6:21am
Sunset: 7:34pm
Moon: Waxing, day before full
Water Conditions: Stained and rotten.

I wasn't planning on doing any fishing on Sunday.

We had dinner reservations at 5:30pm for Berto's birthday (Happy Birthday Berto!!!), and since we had breakfast plans with Uncle Stanley and a bunch of errands, fishing was not on the radar.

However, seeing as my lovely wife was off doing female things like shopping and getting her nails done, and seeing that we had a fish tank that was still waiting for fish, I decided to go out  to my favorite mud pit for an hour to see if I could score a pet.

It turned out to be one of the most interesting hours of fishing in my life.

Now, I can't give away my location, but said mud pit is filled with fish. It's fairly shallow, very small and you would never think to actually go fishing there. I go here for a "sure thing" when I can't catch fish anywhere else. I was actually there a few days prior, and although I could see hundreds of carp, bass, goldfish, suckers and sunfish in the water, none of them would eat.

Sunday was a different story.

I got bit early and often, landing 5 carp, a bullhead and a mutant goldfish in less than an hour. I missed many more bites too.

Then I caught something that I would NEVER have expected to see in my favorite little mud hole.


A frickin' brown trout.

This spot is obviously not stocked with trout, but since I believe it gets overflow when the Rahway River gets flooded, it has that "you never know" kind of quality to it.

I had no idea what this was I reeled it in and saw it splashing on the surface, and was amazed when I took it out of the water.

Totally unexpected.

I took home a tiny carp and the tiny bullhead for my tank and named them Big Ern and Munson respectively. Sadly, Big Ern does not look very comfy and will be returned to said mud pit today.

All this aside, this was one of the most action-packed and bizarre hours of fishing that I have had in Union County. A couple of the carp were good-sized and put up a nice fight on light tackle.

Maybe I'll have to see what other kind of oddities I can pull out of there when I liberate Big Ern.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Back In The Saddle

I love musky fishing.

When: Friday, April 11th, from noon to 7:30pm
What: Musky fishing with Charlie
Weather: Warm, overcast and very breezy at times. Winds variable to SW at 13mph and gusting over 20mph. Light rain in the late afternoon.
Barometric Pressure: 30.01in at noon, fell to 29.95in at 3pm and back up to 29.99in.
Relative Humidity: 49% at noon up to 81%
Sunrise: 6:27am
Sunset: 7:35pm
Moon: Waxing, 4 days before full. Underfoot 10:15am. Moonrise 4:12pm.
Water Conditions: Partly stained, temp n/a, but guessing by other reports, in the high 40's.

For the first time since 2013, my boat hit the water. And for the first time since 2013, it's time to fish for muskies.

Last year my musky season began in January, but with a much longer and colder winter, I made my first trip this year in April. When Lindsay and I left for Costa Rica, most lakes and ponds in Northern NJ still had at least some ice on them.

When we got back it was all gone.

I got to the lake at noon, and got a pleasant phone call that my buddy Charlie was going to come meet me. I had about an hour until he got there, so I launched my boat and started fishing.

Only 20 or 30 minutes in, an angry musky followed my lure back to the boat with his nose right on it. I quickly went into a Figure 8, but the fish disappeared. I continued to move the lure for close to a minute, but it never showed itself again.

Unfortunately, that was all the action for the day.

But it was a much needed day on the water.

Charlie arrived and hopped in my boat. It was good to have him out on my vessel as we've fished off of his a few times. Charlie got to work trying to entice bass while I continued to cast musky lures, but neither wanted to show.

We battled wind, rain and slow fishing and loved every minute of it.

Gonna do it again today.