Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 172: No Treats

You can see the rare Halloween snow across Lake Nomahegan.
When: Monday, October 31st (Halloween) from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan
What: Fishing
Weather: Overcast, 53 degrees, SE Wind at 5mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.33in and steady
Moon: Waxing, 4 days after new
Water Conditions: High and stained

Monday was a hot mess.

My life has become an intricate routine of juggling a handful of key responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities I thoroughly enjoy, some I vehemently despise, and some I accept as necessary to sustain and work towards a better life. Regardless of which chore falls into which category, they all need their share of attention, and if at any point I'm not on top of my game, I can quickly become buried under the load.

Which is kind of what happened on Monday.

As the clock hands passed 5pm yesterday, I was still trying to salvage my day and get as much done as possible. I had absolutely no desire to go fishing, and even questioned whether or not I should. For a few moments I blamed my temporary predicament on this whole crazy fishing-every-day-thing, but it was kindly pointed out to me that maybe some of my recent laziness has exacerbated my difficulties....not the fishing.

Thanks Linds, you're probably right.

So, off I went, not really caring much about whether or not I caught a fish. I headed to Nomahegan hoping the melting snow run-off would flux the stagnant pond with fresh water and bring the fish to life.

Not quite.

Water temps in New Jersey are falling fast these days, and although there is still a chance to catch a trophy, fish are becoming increasingly less active. Once the temps drop below 50, most species will become tough to catch. This is one reason why it's so important to specifically target species that may be more active right now, i.e. wallye (which I am going to do on Thursday).

I guess that's all. I'm writing this on Tuesday morning, it's already been a better day and things seem to be looking up, if only a little.

Hopefully I'll be able to say the same about the fishing soon.

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