Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 117: How To Fish In The Rain Without Getting Wet

View from under a bridge spanning New Market Lake.
When: Tuesday, September 6th, from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Where: New Market Lake in Piscataway
What: Fishin' in the rain
Weather: Steady rain, fog and mist, 62 degrees, NE wind at 7mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.04 and rising
Moon: Waxing, A couple days after the first quarter
Water Conditions: High and muddy

It rained today. All day.

After a morning meeting in Clark, I headed straight to Piscataway for my appointments and several hours of prospecting. It was long day of getting soaked running from my car to storefronts and making phone calls, and I decided to stick around afterwards for my 30 minutes of fishing.

In the rain.

New Market Lake is a small impoundment of Bound Brook, which feeds the lake and then once again exits from a small waterfall on Lakeview Ave. Although I spent a lot of time in the area last Spring, I had never tried fishing there. This wasn't the most successful outing, but I'm sure that I'll be fishing there again. Since the outflow into Bound Brook will most likely NOT freeze over the winter, it may be one of the few options that I have for wetting a line during the coldest months of my 365 Days of Fishing.

But back to today.

The rain was pretty steady and although I had a rain jacket in the trunk of my car, I really didn't feel much like standing in the rain after a long day. Luckily, there are actually a few ways to go fishing in the rain and NOT get wet.

If you look at the picture above, you will see a small pavillon that sits on the lake. This is one way.

A slightly more spacious method, if you don't mind kicking around a few empty bottles and chillin' with the pigeons, is to fish under a bridge.

I know....the term "under a bridge" may not conjure up the best images. However, in a nice peaceful town like Piscatway, you really don't need to worry about Aqualung smacking you over the head with an empty fifth of Popov while you take a few casts.

So, I took shelter and tossed a small crankbait along the shoreline and near the bridge pilings for the required length of time. The barometer could have conceiveably put things in my favor, but the lake was so high and so muddy that it just wasn't happening.

In any event, I found a new place to fish, had a successful day and continued plotting a game plan for the winter.

Sitting on a park bench.......


  1. I hope you took scour into consideration! We should hit up Ramapo day 135 (or there abouts).