Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 34: Ruined

Lake Nomahegan.
When: Wednesday, June 15th, from 6pm to 7:30pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan
What: Bass fishing
Weather: Partly Cloudy. Low 80's.
Moon: Full
Water Conditions: Less weedy than last time but still fairly stained.

The carp have ruined me, and I don't think that bass fishing in Union County will ever be the same.

Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of places in other parts of the state that offer great bass fishing. However, when comparing fish populations in Union County ponds, it's clear that the carp is king.

I wanted to switch it up and target bass, so I left the corn and baitrunners at home. However, as I cast to the overfished, small population of Nomahegan bass while watching 5 to 15-pound carp swim all around me, I have to admit that it seemed a little pointless.

Once again, I love bass fishing and always will and there are plenty of places that I would target nothing except for bass. But let's face it, there just aren't enough largemouth or smallies in Union County to make them a more viable target than the almighty hoover.

So, after 45 minutes of tossing my bass baits without a touch, I found myself wandering in the woods, looking for some kind of berry that I could get a carp to eat. In the end, I found none, and finished my day fishing for bass again. I did manage one nice largemouth on a Wave Tiki Stik, but it fell out of my hand as I unenthusiastically reached for my camera.

I probably would have taken a bit more care to get a picture if was a 10-pound carp.

Next Up: Super-stoked to be meeting Martalus in J.C. for some Hudson River striper fishing tonight. Not sure what tomorrow holds, but Saturday the canoe will be floating down the Passaic with Martalus and myself and there may be some pike in store for us.

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