Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 144: Carp Master

I've gotten the hang is this whole carp thing.
When: Monday, October 3rd, from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Where: Victor Crowell Pond in Middlesex
What: Carp fishing with Andy S
Weather: Overcast, 57 degrees, calm wind
Barometric Pressure: 30.03in and steady
Moon: Waxing, first quarter
Water Conditions: Muddy

Wow, what a night.

You would think I'm referring to the nice fish you see above, but I'm actually referring to the mini-meltdown I had when I got home from work. I'm pretty exhausted. It wound up being a long and tiring weekend, and seeing as Mondays are not my forte to begin with, I bottomed-out a bit when I got home from work today.

A little breakdown never hurts sometimes, and it's times like that when I need to reassess how I can be managing my time more wisely and making sure I'm taking care of myself in the midst of all this craziness.

In any event, I live to fish another day.

I had a few potential customers that I wanted to visit in Middlesex today, so I stuck a change of clothes in the car and let Andy S know I'd be fishing in his hood after work. I had a morning meeting followed by some computer work before I made it out the door, but I spent the afternoon prospecting and it turned out to be a positive day.

After calling it quits shortly after 5pm, I was only a few blocks from Victor Crowell pond. I told Andy that I was on my way over, and after putting shorts and sandals on and tossing a can of creamed corn in the water, I was ready to fish.

Andy and I stood on the dock, and after only a few minutes.....

FISH ON!!!

This is only the second time that I've fished this pond, and both times I've hooked a carp within minutes. With a little assistance from Andy, I landed the fish and Andy then did me the honor of snapping a few photos.

We chatted it up for a bit more, and although I had a few pick-ups and even a semi-runoff, nothing found the hook.

Still not bad for a short trip after work. A special thanks to Andy for the assist on the landing, the photo, the good company and a slice of his wife's amazing apple turnover.

By the way, I have assigned myself the working title of "carp master."

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