Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 188: Skunk Math

The headway of a famous fishing spot not too far from home.
When: Wednesday, November 16th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Union Beach
What: Soaking clams
Weather: Light rain, fog, mist, 57 degrees, N wind at 8mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.75in and steady
Moon: Waning, 6 days after full
Water Conditions: Clean and clear, low tide

Every once in a blue moon, I have a really bad idea. This was probably one of them.

On Tuesday evening, I gave a short seminar on Hudson River fishing at my father's fishing club, The Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County. I had received a phone call a few months ago from one of the club's officers extending the invitation, and seeing as I love to talk, have done a few seminars already and that it was my dad's club, I was pretty excited to fulfill the commitment.

It went pretty well and most importantly, I had fun.

However, while I was at work on Wednesday, I was all too aware that I still had the small surf rod and my saltwater fishing bag in the car that I had used for my presentation the night before.

I spent the day dreaming about big stripers for dinner, and since I ended my work day in Old Bridge, I decided to make the short drive to Union Beach to see if I could catch a bass.

The idea turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. I had rain gear and a change of clothes in the car, but all that work didn't produce any fish, and I wound up standing in the rain for 30 minutes or so before tracking the whole mess of water and sand back into my recently cleaned car.

This adventure could have waited.

As I was standing on the beach, not seeing any signs of life and well aware that I was facing not catching any fish, I realized that maybe my lack of success in recent months is not as bad as it seems.

I did the math.

Normally, for me and probably a lot of other anglers, a typical day of fishing consists of 8 hours. Every so often, we all get a "skunk" on a day of fishing. However, since I'm mostly only fishing a half-hour at a clip, it's really on the equivalent to 1/16th of a day of fish. Therefore, it would take me going 16 consecutive trips without a fish to "equal" what would be a full day without a fish.

How's that for rationalization.

For real though, going out to a beach on any given day and expecting to catch a striper in only 30 minutes is for the most part just not realistic.

I may go many days without a fish, but in the grand scheme of things, I don't really go all that "long" without a fish.

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