Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 73: Summer Nadir

Milton Lake in Rahway is looking pretty unfishable these days.
When: Sunday, July 24th, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Milton Lake near Rahway
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Post-thunderstorm. Still 90 degrees. Mostly Cloudy. Wind from the North 5 to 10mph.
Moon: Waning. 5 days before New.
Water Conditions: Low, stained and covered in vegetation.

Fishing conditions in Union County have reached a new low. Not only are water temps at the point where most fish are lethargic and inactive, but most of the ponds and lakes near my home are covered with vegetation to the extent where just finding a place to fish has become difficult.

Milton Lake is no exception.

After walking the shore for 15 minutes, I finally found some real-estate to hang-out for a few, wet a line and finish the South Jersey Reports for The Fisherman.

Things seemed pretty dead, but about 30-minutes after I tossed the chum (corn) in the water, I did notice some bubbles in the area. I didn't get a bite however, and I have a hunch that turtles were eating the corn and not carp.

Most anglers refer to this time of year as "the dog days of summer" because of weather conditions and poor fish cooperation. I'd like to take that a step further and say that fishing, especially in freshwater, is about as bad as it gets right now. Don't get me wrong, there are exceptions, but for the majority of the fishing at my fingertips, it has indeed reached its nadir.
When I was hanging with Andy last week, I said something that reminded him of what he had written in his log book. It was something to the effect of how August is kind of a cruddy month for fish.

Well, July is not much better.

Next Up: Not sure, but only 5 days until brown shark fishing in Sea Isle City!!!

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