A peaceful setting within minutes of my home.When: Sunday, May 15th, from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Where: Lenape Lake in Union County
What: A little fishing
Weather: Overcast and drizzly. High near 70.
Moon: Waxing. Day of the full.
One of the reasons that I'm looking forward to this little adventure is that I am inevitably going to find some new fishing spots. Because the rules I set do not permit me to fish the same water twice in the same week, I am going to have to do some research and get creative. Plus, I figure that fishing the same water every week could get old pretty fast and make this a lot less enjoyable.
Since I already burned Nomahegan on Friday and did not have all that much time on my hands today, I decided to check out another Union County lake. I've seen signs for Lenape Lake several times, but had yet to actually go and find it.
I did today.
Lenape Lake is no more than 10 minutes from where I live, but with its resident wildlife and quiet seclusion, it may as well be in Arkansas. There was a noticable lack of people and houses around the lake and the shoreline was alive with bullfrogs and turtles. At one point a small carp jumped clear out of the water right in front of me and every step I took spooked another creature into the water.
What a nice little find.
Unfortunately, the fishing was a bit difficult. The water was stained from the recent rain and the blooming trees had blanketed the lake with their spores.
Nonetheless, I put in my required 30 minutes (more like 45), snapped a few pictures, and headed home to my "other" responsibilities.
In case anyone was wondering, this is the gear that will be with me for a large portion of my fishing trips. I am normally not big on 2-piece rods, but since my trunk isn't 6-feet wide, I needed to stow a 2-piece so that I could fish on my lunch and on my way home from work. I am keeping a 6-foot, 6-inch St. Croix Triumph medium action spinning rod affixed with Shimano Stradic CI4 2500 carbon fiber reel with me for easy access. A bag with mostly stickbaits and soft-plastics should suffice to catch a variety of freshwater species under most conditions. There will be times that I hit the saltwater, but I have a couple suitcase-sized 3-piece rods that I will bring along for that.
Next Up: Monday. I'll either hit Silver Lake on Staten Island on my lunch or someplace in Union or Middlesex County on my way home.