Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 139: Water Water Everywhere

The Rahway River still has plenty of water.
When: Wednesday, September 28th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: The Rahway River
What: Fishing
Weather: Overcast, light rain, 75 degrees, 13mph SW wind gusting to 20mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.89in and steady
Moon: Waxing, 2 days after new
Water Conditions: High and stained

It's been a tough year for the rivers and streams of New Jersey.

Still recovering from the incredible amount of water that Irene dumped on the Garden State a few weeks ago, it seems like every time the rivers start to drop we get another 4 inches of rain. Although I've seen the Rahway River raging a few times in the past, this was absolutely the mostwater I've seen near the spillway where I go fishing.

To further complicate matters, a huge section of the spot where I normally stand has caved-in, mostly likely from all the water. Yes, nearing a month after the hurricane, things are still a mess.

But, I needed to go fishing and this spot looked as good as any given the current conditions. I have a caught a fish every time I've been to this spillway, but I wasn't overly optimistic today. As it turns out though, I did land one small bass that had not gotten washed away and that wasn't in hiding from all the water. There were a bunch of workers across the way, and I have to be honest and say I would have been a little embarrassed of snapping a photo of a 9-inch fish, so I let it go and opted for the "scenery shot" instead.

Thorn in my pride.

With all the clouds, rain and me being a little tired this week, fishing has seemed a little drab. I've been running around like a madman and I could use a little break.

So I took one.

I'm going down to Philly for a wedding this weekend, but will finally get the opportunity to fish with Gabriel for the first time on Saturday morning. I also burned the day on Friday, which I am going to spend on Lake Hopatcong looking for the mighty muskellunge.

Hopefully I'll have some good stories by Monday........with pictures.

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