Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 166: Another Slow Outing

Sunset on the towpath.
When: Tuesday, October 25th, from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Where: The Millstone River and the D & R Canal
What: Fishing
Weather: Fair skies, 64 degrees, NW winds to 12 mph, gust to 20 mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.00in and steady
Moon: New
Water Conditions: Normal, canal was a bit stained

I need to start seriously thinking about re-tooling my tactics.

The fall continues to give me trouble, but I was hoping I could change that on the canal or the Millstone today. With a successful trip on this duo of waters still fresh in my mind, I headed up 287 after work on the eve of a new moon, hopeful I could hook a decent fish.

I did, in fact, hook a decent fish, but it go away.

I was tossing a firetiger Storm Thunderstick in the Millstone and connected with probably the biggest pickerel I've caught this year. I was sincerely hoping that it was a pike, but it turned out to be it's smaller relative. I got it onto shore, but it shook the hook before I could get it into my hand for a picture.

Oh well, at least it wasn't a sunfish.

After a few more casts on the the Millstone, I headed up to the canal without any luck. Just goes to show that a new moon can mean little to nothing if other conditions aren't right.

Where the fish were and why they weren't biting, I don't know.

I do know that I'm still in the market for some better pictures.

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