Friday, June 24, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 39: In The Nick Of Time

A slow-moving section of the Rahway River, near Cranford.
When: Monday, June 20th, from 6pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Rahway River, near Cranford
What: Fishing
Weather: Partly cloudy, high in the 80's.
Moon: Waning, almost a week after full.
Water Conditions: River was fairly low. Stained.

I almost missed Day 39.

A little mishap near the end of my day didn't leave me with too much time, but with a little help from my lovely lady on the homefront, I was able to get out for a few and still do what I needed to get done.

Since I was short on time, I decided to go to a place that I believed was Lincoln Park Lake in Cranford. Bob had sent me a list of fishing spots near Cranford, and this place is literally minutes from where I live. There was a slight bit of confusion though, as I'm not sure if this lake actually exists, and the place that I was fishing is most likely just a slow-moving section of the Rahway River. I did check the previous week's schedule though, and 7 days have passed since I fished the Rahway, so I'm good to go.

I tried fishing for bass for 30 minutes, but came up empty. I did see some carp in the water and some muskrats building a nest, but those were the only signs of life in the water. There was a definitely lack of planning and thought that went into Day 39, so I guess I'm glad to still have this going and shouldn't be too disappointed that I didn't catch a fish.

Next Up: Going to scope out a secret location in Somerset County tonight in hopes of catching a big 'ol bass.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 38: An All-Nighter

A night-time Lake Hopatcong walleye.
Steve with a nice hybrid striped bass.
Steve with a nice walleye.
My hybrid.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 30: NOT a Beach Day

A small fluke caught on a bucktail from the Shark River Inlet
When: Saturday, June 11th, from 7am to 7:30am
Where: The Shark River Inlet, from Avon
What: Tossing a bucktail/Gulp! combo in hopes of catching a fluke
Weather: Overcast, cool, rainy.
Moon: Waxing, a few days before full.
Water Conditios/Tide: The ocean was rough and the tide was ripping. Don't know much more than that.

Lindsay and I had planned to make this Saturday a beach day, so regardless of what the weather was like, we were going down the shore.

I heard some rumbles of thunder overnight, and it didn't look very nice outside in the morning.

Nontheless, we left the house at 5:45am to beat the "shore traffic."


When we got to Avon, we realized that it probably wasn't going to be the best day to sit on the beach, but since we had 30 minutes of fishing to do and then eat breakfast, we decided to put off making that decision for another hour. Lindsay snapped a few pics while I tossed a bucktail with Gulp! beneath the Avon/Belmar bridge in the Shark River Inlet. Despite the tide ripping and there being a lot of seaweed  in the water, I did manage to get one small fluke that was released....of course.

After fishing and breakfast, we decided that there was more to do down the shore than to sit on the beach. We visited Reel Life Bait and Tackle in Point Pleasant where I met Nick Niles' uncle, we went to the aquarium at Jenks, ate seafood at the Tiki Bar, played skeeball, won a couple of stuffed animals and had a wonderful day.

I can't remember how long it's been since I spent any amount of time on the boardwalk, and had forgotten how much fun there is to be had down the shore, especially if the weather keeps you off the beach.

Next Up: Writing fishing reports then maybe some catfishing in Elizabeth.