Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 110: Hot Dogs

Not quite what I was hoping for.
When: Tuesday, August 30th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Upper Echo Park Pond in Mountainside
What: Catfishing with hot dogs
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 81 Degrees, calm wind
Barometric Pressure: 30.09 and steady
Moon: Waxing. 2 days after new
Water Conditions: "Chocolate Milk"

Tuesday was a day of ups and downs. After a productive and positive day at work, followed by a nice walk with my lady, my spirits were high. A little bit of disappointing news later, and I didn't feel much like going fishing.

But I must.

I wasn't quite sure where to fish today, but after checking the message board I frequent, I was reminded how good catfishing can be in muddy water. Since most of the water around here is pretty darn muddy, I decided to try and catch some catfish. I re-checked my references to see what ponds near my home have channel cats, and decided on Upper Echo Park Pond since I had not been there in awhile.

I would have loved to gotten my hands on some fresh chicken livers, but, the supermarkets by my house do not have power and hence, do not have liver. Since I didn't feel like driving all over Union County to find bait, I took our "apocolypse hot dogs" from the freezer and was on my way.

A lot of people use hot dogs to catch catfish.

I don't.

I have, on camping trips, used these tasty tube steaks to catch bullhead catfish, but I have NEVER caught a channel catfish on a hot dog. I was hoping this time would be different.

It wasn't.

I fished for 30 minutes and probably a little more, but the light taps I was getting were obviously not from large fish. I landed two little bullheads, the smaller of which I felt made the better picture.

Definitely not what I was hoping for.

Maybe tomorrow will bring better news and bigger fish.