Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 182: Bright And Early

An unseasonably warm fall morning on Lake Nomahegan.
When: Thursday, November 10th, from 6:15a to 6:45am
Where: Lake Nomahegan
What: Carp fishing, then bass fishing.
Weather: Fog/Mist, 57 degrees, Calm wind
Barometric Pressure: 29.92in and falling
Moon: Full
Water Conditions: Low and stained with lots of leaves

I finally took advantage of the early sunrise, heading to Lake Nomahegan to see if the morning hours would change my luck with the Union County bass. As I approached the lake, I was not certain that the bass were biting, but I could see carp feeding along the entire shoreline.

Since time was somewhat on my side, I decided to change my game plan after a few minutes of bass fishing and rushed back to my car to get the hair rigs and boilies. A can of corn would have been preferable, but this was all that I had to work with. I cut  up a few boilies for chum and tossed them in the water, at which point every goose in the lake swarmed the area, thinking that I was serving them breakfast.

I'm starting to really dislike geese.

Anyway, after discovering a noticeable lack of wholesome goodness floating on the surface (my boilies sink to the bottom), they fled the area, leaving me somewhat at peace to continue on with my fishing.

By this point, however, there were no more signs of feeding carp and no tugs on my line.

Another skunk.

I've said it time and again though, fall fishing in freshwater is more about quality than quantity. Exactly a week ago, I caught a personal best hybrid striper and one of my larger freshwater fish this year. Although there have been several quiet days, I have one more day of carp fishing on  Friday and then I'm going musky hunting with Gabe on Saturday.

Hopefully there's some more quality in my future.

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