Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 156: Un-Skunked On The Maiden Voyage

John's first fish on his new boat.
When: Saturday, October 15th, from 7am to 12pm
Where: Pompton Lake
What: Launching John's boat for its maiden voyaga, of course
Weather: WINDY!!!! Fair skies, 60 degrees, 13mph West wind with gusts to 20mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.63in and steady
Moon: Waning, a few days after full
Water Conditions: 62-degrees, dirty with lots of leaves. Big storm the night before

First off, thanks to Skunk City for helping out with the details on Pompton Lake.

Second, congrats to John on for finally getting to set sail in his new boat and thanks for inviting me along. John had a ton of hoops to jump through with the DMV and it took awhile from the time it was dropped in his driveway to the time it hit the water.

Needless to say, after being practically driven to insanity by getting the boat registered, a little wind wasn't going to keep us off Pompton Lake. Weather reports were grim, but we decided to take the ride.

Of course, when we got up there, the lake was as calm as it could possibly be.

We successfully launched the boat and started to fish the perimeter of the lake. Although we marked a bunch of fish on the sonar, we couldn't get them to bite.

The wind eventually did wind pick-up, but we did our best to duck it and keep fishing. We wound-up spending a lot more time on the water that we initially hoped for.

As we were preparing to call it a day, John broke the skunk on his new vessel by scoring a nice bass on a Rat'L trap over a submerged weedbed on mud flat.

That would be all for the day, but it was successful on many other fronts. The boat floated, the sonar worked and after getting the gas flowing, the engine fired right up.

Throw in the fact that the weathermen were telling us to stay home it made for a perfect maiden voyage.


  1. Thanks for the shout out!

    Wish you guys could have landed some of the chub bass or toothy guys, but that's what next time is for. Keep up the awesome work with the blog.

  2. Thanks man!! We'll get 'em next time. I know they're in there. Sometimes no matter what you toss you can't overcome tough conditions.