Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 26: A Golden Opportunity

My ride.

When: Tuesday, June 7th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Upper Echo Lake in Mountainside
What: Bass fishing.......on a pedal boat
Weather: Hot and windy. High well into the 80's. Sunny.
Moon: Waxing. A few days before the first quarter.
Water Conditions: Stained.

Anyone who didn't expect a little repetition over the course of this endeavor is going to be disappointed. Given the fact that I have a full-time job, a fiancee and lots of other responsibilities, it is inevitable that there will be places close to my home that get fished over and over again. I tried to make things at least a little more interesting by not allowing myself to fish the same place twice in the same week, but I can only do so much.

That being said, as I was on my way to Echo Lake Park to once again fish for carp, I was thinking of how I could make this a little more exciting; maybe target new species or do something different.

And there she was.

When I saw the pedal boats on the lake, I immediately thought of how I could utilize them. They weren't going to do me much good for carp fishing, but they actually make pretty good bass boats.

So, the carp rod stayed in the car and I brought the two-piece and the soft-plastics. Robert, the friendly dock-master, relieved me of $10 and handed over the keys to the hot-rod you see up top. Actually, there were no keys, but he did give me a life jacket in case I fell in the water. Believe it or not, this was not the first time that I've gone bass fishing from a pedal boat. I know all too well about there benefits. They're easily maneuvered forward or backward, have plenty of space for a bag of tackle and are incredibly stable. The ease at which they can be turned makes it easy to point them in the direction you want to cast and stay a perfect distance from the shoreline.

Two thumbs up for pedal-boat bass fishing.

To my astonishment, I actually caught four bass and missed many more during my 30 minutes on this golden queen. All fish were caught on Yum Dingers, rigged both Texas-weedless and wacky.

Although the bass were pretty small, it was still mighty cool to be sitting in the middle of a lake, after work, fishing for bass........on a pedal boat.

Next Up: Think I'm going to try the salt somewhere on Staten Island tomorrow afternoon.

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