Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 76: Lightweight

A simple float rig used for catching panfish.
When: Wednesday, July 27th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Lake Lenape in Cranford
What: Panfishing
Weather: Partly Cloudy. Near 90-degrees. Wind from the W to the NW at 10mph.
Moon: Waning. 3 days before new.
Water Conditions: Stained, but surprising void of vegetation.

I had to try something different.

I've mentioned before that I've never really understood panfishing, but I needed a little change of pace, so I broke out the ultralight.

For those not "in the know," the word "panish" is a general term that encompasses a variety of small, freshwater species of fish such as crappie, perch and sunfish. Since most of these fish do not get very large, the equipment used to target them is scaled-down from typical bass gear.

For the few occasions that I target trout and panfish, I have a 5-foot, ultra-light action rod that I use with a 500-sized Shimano reel and 4-pound test. With equipment this light, smaller fish put a up a better fight and it can be more enjoyable.

Or so I'm told.

I still don't "get" the whole idea of targeting small fish, and in my mind, I'd rather catch one big one rather than 100 small ones, but since the big ones have been hard to come by, I decided to try out the former.

I did catch a few small sunfish and it was nice to see a bend in the rod, but I'm already thinking about bigger and better things.........

Like sharks from the beach in Sea Isle City on Saturday.

Big fish.....that is.

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