A 15-pound carp from Milton Lake.
When: Tuesday, June 14th, from 6pm to 7pm
Where: Milton Lake in Rahway
What: Carp fishing with corn
Weather: Cool and rainy. Just shy of 70-degrees. Passing showers.
Moon: Pretty much full.
Water Conditions: Stained. As always.
One hour, door to door.
That's all it took for me to leave my house, set-up shop at Milton, wait 30 or so minutes, hook, fight and eventually land what may be my personal best carp. I don't know if it beat the two bruisers I've caught in the Connecticut River or the Hackensack River a long time ago, but it's undoubtedly the biggest golden boy that I've scored since departing from Vermont 4 years ago.
Once again, the chum, bait and wait did the trick. I threw a small can of creamed corn and a bit of whole kernel sweet corn in the swim in front of me, set my baits there and waited. After 20 or 30 minutes, I started seeing carp tails break the surface, and shortly after that......game on. After a spirited battle, I caught, photographed and released (CPR'd) this magnificent fish.
Also worth noting was that I had the purportedly hexed Tidemaster with me, that I was certain no fish would bite in its presence.
I don't know if there indeed was a curse, but if there was, I'd have to call it broken. Unlike the Boston Red Sox, I didn't need performance enhancing drugs to break mine.
All I needed to do was go fishing on a Tuesday....our lucky day.
Next Up: Think I may try to find a bass tonight, then the rescheduled night-time Hudson River Stripers with Martalus tomorrow. Pike may also be on the agenda this weekend. Stay tuned.