This sunfish hit a floating Rapala in the Rahway RiverWhen: Monday, June 13th, from 6pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Rahway River, near Rahway River Parkway Park
What: Fishing with small Rapalas
Weather: High near 80. Partly Cloudy.
Moon: Waxing. A day before full.
Water Conditions: Stained.
Like most of America, I was up until midnight on Sunday watching Lebron "I'm taking my talents to South Beach so I can still be a loser" James get taken out of the NBA Finals by the much classier, and better, Dallas Mavericks. So, by time my workday ended on Monday, I was pretty darn exhausted, and kind of in a bad mood; I must admit.
I didn't feel much like fishing....honestly.
I juggled around a few ideas, but ultimately decided to stop by the Rahway River on my way home. It was a spot that I had not fished before, in the tailwaters of a dam that lies in between Rahway River Parkway Park and Rahway River Park. Dam tailwaters are famous for holding fish because of the constant temperature, even during the summer, and the presence of baitfish.
I tied on a small floating Rapala and starting casting into the still water just beyond the riffles. After a few casts, as my bait was sitting motionless on the surface........
Even if it was only a sunny, seeing a fish explode on a topwater is one part of angling that just never gets old. Granted, it would have been even more exciting if it was a chunky largemouth or a big striper, but seeing as there were none of those around and that I was in a bad mood, it did the trick.
Of course, after seeing a few sunnies blow-up on my Rapala, seeing a few carp milling around and convincing myself that there had to be a bass in there somewhere; I did't really want to stop fishing after my 30-minutes was up.
It's funny how that works.
Next Up: Martalus and I postponed Hudson River stripers until Thursday, but I'll be on the hunt somewhere after work today, not sure where yet.