Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 17: That Time Of Year

Waiting for a carp to bite on the Rahway River
When: Sunday, May 29th, from 9:30am to 11:30am
Where: The Rahway River (not the pond) and Milton Lake
What: Carp fishing
Weather: High near 80, partly cloudy.
Moon: Waning. 3 days before new.
Water Conditions: River was low and stained. Lake was stained, but not as muddy as the last time.

Another day, another attempt at catching carp.

My first stop was a spot on the Rahway River that someone had told me about yesterday, but after a half-hour of fishing, I didn't have a good feeling about it.

So I made a move.

I then tried to find a spot near Milton Lake that another local had mentioned, but after much investigation, I started to suspect that it didn't exist. So, I decided to fish in the back of Milton Lake, which may actually have been what this person was talking about.

As soon as I approached the lake, it was apparent that the carp were spawning. For those who haven't seen this, it's an amazing sight. Huge carp were swirling on the surface, splashing and chasing one another. It's quite a spectacle. The only problem is that carp don't feed when they're spawning, however, my research has led me to believe that there should be other carp in the same area that have already spawned.

Still, no luck.

I had to head back home to write fishing reports, but as I was leaving, I spoke to yet another local who seemed like he knew a thing or two about carp fishing. He confirmed once again that the carp don't eat when they're spawning, but told me that he does well with them all summer after they're done mating. I asked him about the time BEFORE they spawn (i.e. the whole time I've been fishing for them), and he said that you can catch them, but that fishing is better when the water is warmer.

If he's right, then the best is yet to come.........

Next Up: Carp fishing.....of course. Somewhere close to home before a Memorial Day BBQ.

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