Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 121: Mystery Fish

My best guess says this is a wild goldfish.
When: Saturday, September 10th, from 3pm to 3:30pm
Where: A small pond near Kenilworth
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 80 degrees, SE wind at 7mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.91in and rising
Moon: Waxing, a day before full
Water Conditions: Murky

It's not everyday that I catch something and not know what the heck it is, so this was kind of cool.

When I was fishing at Milton Lake last week, someone told me about a spot to catch carp near Kenilworth. So today, as Linds and I were hopping around New Jersey and needed a place close to home to fish for 30 minutes, we decided to check it out.

We followed the vague instructions that I was given and found a little pond next to the Rahway River near Kenilworth. As we walked over, we could see that it was LOADED with sunfish, and I was also hoping that it would be loaded with carp as well.


After getting lots of little taps and no run-offs, I decided to downsize my hook to see if I could find out what was biting.

I was surprised by my discovery.

After only minutes, I landed the fish you see to the left. Upon examination, I could tell it was not a wild shiner, chub or sucker. It did not have any barbels, but my best guess was that it was a baby carp.


Minutes later, Lindsay landed another fish. This one looked very similar, although it had a fancy tail like an aquarium goldfish. Coupled with the fact that there were a few "traditionally-colored" goldfish swimming in the pond, I suspected that this little puddle had a wild population of these pet shop favorites.


Those two fish were the only things that we caught, but I'll most likely be back to do some further investigation. Although I didn't land anything big, sometimes surprises are just as exciting.

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