When: Saturday, August 8th, from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Oxford's Furnace Lake, Warren County
What: Live Herring and Hefty Lures
Weather: Nice. Mid to Low 70's, 5mph wind from the East(ish)
Nowhere is the phrase "you can't win 'em all" more applicable than it is to fishing. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how aligned the stars appear to be at times, the fish don't bite.
Chris and I loaded up his canoe with, among other things, 3 dozen Herring, in the hopes of enticing one of the lunker Largemouth or elusive Muskellunge that swim in the depths of Oxford's Furnace lake.
We never got the skunk off.
We got a late start, but after visiting Highway Sports on Rte. 31, we were set-up and on the water by 6pm, hoping to find the fish actively feeding during the "magic hours" as the sun slipped out of sight.
After having some luck Ice Fishing on Furnace Lake, we both had our hopes up that we were going to catch some fish, but it just didn't pan out. I was just as surprised with the number of boats that there were on the Lake as I was with the fact that nothing was taking the scores of insects off the surface. Well, the birds were, but not the fish.
It was dead and quiet, but with the absence of fish breaking the surface or taking line against my drag came the presence of tranquility and serenity.
Sometimes, the best thing that you take from a day fishing is a day fishing, and that ain't so bad.
After all, "you can't win 'em all."