Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 131: Hook's Creek....Alas!

Hook's Creek Lake.

When: Tuesday, September 20th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Hook's Creek Lake in Cheesquake State Park near Matawan
What: Catfishing
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy, breezy
Barometric Pressure: 30.10in and steady
Moon: Waning, third quarter
Water Conditions: Muddy

Back in my mid-20's, my infatuation with channel catfish was at its peak. At the time, I was living in Hub City and trying to find every body of water where they swam. Since the state of New Jersey puts out a handy guide called "Places to Fish," I knew where to find them.

Kind of.

I'm not sure if Google Maps existed 10 years ago, but I do know that I wasn't using it or any online map at the time. Really, I wasn't using any map...period. I had read in said materials that Hook's Creek Lake near Old Bridge had great channel catfishing.

If only I could find it.

I've been on quite a few "missions" trying to find this place and they all failed. My adventures brought me to some interesting places and introduced me to some interting people, but ultimately, I was never able to find Hook's Creek Lake.

A little while ago, I discovered via Google, or some other source, that Hook's Creek Lake lies in Cheesequake State Park. Anyone who lives in New Jersey and has not seen the sign for this park on the GSP doesn't get out of the house enough.

In any event, since locating it on a map, I was never really in the area to go and "discover" the lake.

Until now.

I had a 3pm appointmet in Matawan today with a client. He wound up being a no-show, but I did some prospecting in the area. As I was about to head home on the GSP, I could see on my GPS that I was near Cheesequake.

It was time to check it out.

I didn't have any chicken livers, but I did have some bread. After trying to entice a bass on a topwater, I put the lures away, used the bread to catch a bluegill and then tossed it out into the middle of the lake. I didn't get any run-offs, but my sunfish did get nervous a couple of times.

So, no fish (and no sale) today. I found a park map and there are a handful of creeks that flow through the area. I'm going to have to spend plenty of time in the Matawan/Old Brige area over the next few months, so I will undoubtedly be back to explore the lake that took me so long to find.

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