Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 61: Shelled

Turtle.

When: Tuesday, July 12th, from 5:30am to 7am
Where: Meisel Ave. Pond near Springfield
What: Carp fishing.
Weather: Already near 90-degrees in the morning. Clear skies. No wind.
Moon: Waxing, the day before full.
Water Conditions: Stained.

As I've mentioned before, one way that feeding carp give themselves away is by the bubbles that come to the surface when they're feeding. As I approached the pond on Meisel Ave. in the early morning, that's exactly what I saw, bubbles.

There were a bunch of them, so I figured I had stumbled upon a school of carp feeding in the wee hours of the morning.

Of course, I was wrong.

In my mind, there could be only one other reason that there would be all those bubbles. That reason would be turtles, but there were just way too many to be THAT many turtles.

Right?

Let me just say, that I have NEVER seen so many turtles in my life, especially in a tiny pond that is probably no more than an acre. After I threw out the corn for chum, it was practically a feeding frenzy of red-eared sliders, painters and of course, big 'ol snappers.

I could not believe my eyes, there had to be a 100 of them.

After realizing that I wasn't going to catch any fish with all the turtles around, I started looking around the pond for signs of carp. I did find a small school sunning themselves in the back corner, but they had absolutely no interest. I threw bread and corn and they remained motionless. I've learned that when carp are that disinterested, especially in the summer heat, that they just are not going to bite.

Unlike the turtles.

Next Up: I really have no idea. I"m sitting in Great Kills Harbor, but it's too windy to toss lures.

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