Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 120: For The Birds

Quack kills.
When: Friday, September 9th, from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Where: Roosevelt Park Pond in Edison
What: Fishing
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy, NW winds at 7mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.79 and rising
Moon: Waxing, 3 days before full
Water Conditions: Muddy brown

I have probably passed Roosevelt Park two hundred times in my life without ever going inside. I've also heard people on my message board say there's a few fish in there. Since it was right on my way home from Metuchen today, I decided to check it out.

Roosevelt Park has a nice-sized park pond with plenty of shoreline for fishing. I didn't expect to see much life, but there was actually lots of commotion on the surface. I quickly learned that this lake is LOADED with tiny sunfish, a handful of turtles, carp.......and ducks.

Ducks always seem to find the best-looking fishing spots to nest and crap. Although I'm not 100% certain, I'd be willing to bet they scare the fish away too. They're not the most graceful of creatures, and between noisily flying off and clumsily landing, they probably had every fish within 50 yards spooked.

Oh well.

This was a long week and I put-in a lot of hours at my job. Even if I wasn't successful catching a fish, it's a nice feeling that I had a successful week of working hard, being healthy and forming a new routine.

Even if there weren't any prizes this week, I'm confident there will be plenty to come if I continue to do the next right thing.

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