Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 41: Bridge Over Troubled Water

A small canal leading to Mindowaskin Pond.
When: Wednesday, June 22nd, from 7:15pm to 7:45pm
Where: Mindowaskin Pond in Westfield
What: Fishing
Weather: Cloudy. Some crazy storms passing through NJ.
Moon: Waning. Third Quarter.
Water Conditions: Stained and slimy.

I have a new nemesis.

Much like it took a little failure to start having success at Lake Nomahegan, I'm having the same degree of difficulty at Mindowaskin Pond. In my defense, this little muddy hole in the heart of Westfield looks like it has more geese and goldfish than carp and bass, but I know that they're in there, and at some point I'd like to catch one.

Mindowaskin Pond is convenient for me since it's close to home and close to where I meet some friends from time to time. I usually only make it there for the required 30 minutes, but yesterday I realized that I've yet to catch anything in the handful of times that I've tried.

It's not the most pleasant place to be, and if I had more options, I probably wouldn't go there at all. The pond is fairly shallow, and one end is now completely overgrown with a weed similar to rock snot, as is the majority of the shoreline. I can see huge goldfish swimming around, and by the bubbles coming up on the surface, I assume there are some carp down there as well. I have only seen one bass, mostly because of the poor water clarity, and that fish was along the shore during the spawn. Another side of the lake is almost completely covered by goose droppings and smells like a dirty kennel.

So, taking all this in mind, one would be inclined to just not fish this place. But I'm now on a mission. It took a long time before I caught a carp from Nomahegan, and nothing was more satisfying then when I did.

I hope to achieve the same feeling with Lake Mindowaskin.

Next Up: Maybe a few tosses with a plug off the rocks in Great Kills Harbor. Followed by, not sure. Only a handful of days to West Virginia.

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