Lake Nomahegan at dusk.
When: Tuesday, October 4th, from 6pm to 6:30pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 64 degrees, 12mph NW wind
Barometric Pressure: 29.99in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day after the first quarter
Water Conditions: Stained
It's been a rough few days.
After another emotionally draining day at work on Tuesday, I came home feeling like a zombie. A quick change of clothes and it was back out the door to Lake Nomahegan.
The sun is setting earlier these days, so arriving at 6pm meant I was pretty much fishing at dusk. I put on a weightless, T-rigged Wave Tiki-Stick and began pitching it around the weedbeds. I was mostly getting gunk caught on the hook and not fish, but as I neared the end of lake, I had a sign of life. If I was more alert and didn't have my head in the clouds, I would have recognized the familiar "tick" of a bass taking my bait into its mouth. I was a little late on the uptake and it wasn't until the fish starting pulling that I realized I had a bite and did not properly set the hook.
So he got away. I did get a look at him and it would have been the biggest bass I'd ever caught from Lake Nomahegan.
Bass fishing is a little more difficult when you're not paying attention and your mind is preoccupied.