Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 109: The Cleaning Power Of Tropical Storms

A rare Union County chunk.
When: Monday, August 19th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Mindowaskin Pond in Westfield
What: Bass fishing with Wave Tiki Sticks
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 78 degrees with a 10mph West wind
Barometric Pressure: 29.94 and rising
Moon: Waxing. Day after new.
Water Conditions: Clear as I have seen it. Not much vegetation.

I've noticed that Union County ponds have a tendency to produce better following heavy rains and are easier to fish since the rain washes away floating vegetation. This was the case with Mindowaskin Pond on Monday. However, even with that on my side, plus the passing new moon and rising barometer, I did not think that I would have any luck at this notoriusly stingy watering hole.

I was wrong.

As I approached the pond, I noticed the water was surprisingly clear. A lot of lakes and rivers can become quite muddy following a storm, especially after a storm like Irene. Mindowaskin was quite clean, and to my further amazement I spied a hanful of nice-sized largemouth bass.

I started tossing a 4-inch Tiki Stick and almost immediately hooked a 6-inch bass that bit off more than he could chew. The next 20 minutes brought only sunfish hits until finally, I scored a decent largemouth. Just moments later, I landed what is probably the biggest bass I've caught in Union County since moving here in February.

Fish like the one you see up top can be hard to come by around here.

Since it was a halfway repsectable fish, I asked a pair of girls sitting on a bench to take a photograph. They were amazed that they just witnessed me catch not one, but two bass right in front of them in the span of 3 minutes.

They asked me how I did that and I calmly replied.......

"lots of practice."

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