Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 36: A Touch Of Monotony

Carp fishing.....again.
When: Friday, June 17th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Rahway River Park Pond
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Rainy with passing T-Storms
Moon: Waning. 2 days after full.
Water Conditions: Stained.

Okay, so this is definitely getting a little old.

First off, I really just wanted to stay home tonight. Second, carp fishing is getting a little boring, but there just aren't many other options close to home.

Also, my "exciting" trip for the week, canoeing and pike fishing on the Passaic, got washed down the drain with all those darn storms that came rolling through. The river level shot up 2 feet, and there was no way that it was going to be fishable.

All that being said, there is promise on the horizon. A trip to West Virginia, where monster catfish await, is a mere 10 days away. Upon returning, I will have just over a month left in my Staten Island assignment, which means that I'll soon have a whole new set of waters in Middlesex and Somerset counties at my disposal.

But anway, back to Friday. While I was on my way over to Rahway River Park, I was still expecting to go pike fishing the next day. I had checked the water data online, and although the Passaic River had risen, it appeared to once again be falling. I thought we'd be okay. However, although I was fishing the park pond, the Rahway River runs right beside it, and after taking a look at how swift it was flowing, I decided to check the water data again.

Bad news.

Rivers are nature's gutters, and when it rains a lot, especially in a short period of time, they get high and muddy and bad for fishing. Lakes and ponds are somewhat susceptible to the elements as well, but most do not fluctuate to the degree that rivers and streams do. The Passaic River was going to be flowing high and dirty and was not looking good for catching fish.

I called Chris and we scrapped the plan.

While all this was going through my head, I did fish for over an hour and caught one sunny. I have to admit that I was on the phone the majority of the time trying to figure out what the heck to do on Saturday. Seeing as I had a nice chunk of errands to do in the afternoon, time was an issue and we needed to stay somewhat close to home.

We eventually came up with an idea, but it was not nearly as exciting as Passaic River pike.

That's okay though, with over 320 days left, I'm sure that there will be better things to come.

Next Up: Daytime catfish on the D & R Canal. Hoping the muddy water will make for decent fishing.

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