Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 194: On The Banks Of The Old Raritan

A view of Campbell Hall from across the Raritan River.
When: Tuesday, November 22nd, from 5:15pm to 6pm
Where: Donaldson Park Pond in Highland Park
What: Drowning worms
Weather: Rain, fog, mist, 44 degrees, East wind at 6mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.19in and falling
Moon: Waning, a couple days before new
Water conditions: Stained

Ahhhhh, the memories.

When I was fishing in Donaldson Park last week, I remembered another favorite locale that I used to frequent when I lived in or around Hub City. I had been meaning to get back there since it came to me, and it just so happened that I finished my work day today in Highland Park.

Of course, having worms in tow, I made the quick transition from closing my computer to pulling the pre-rigged, two-piece fishing rod from my trunk for some quick fishing. I was slightly apprehensive at first, knowing this pond had been drained recently. But as I approached, I could tell the repairs were done and it looked almost as I had left it many years ago. I've pulled some nice catfish from this pond and I know there are big carp in there too. Seeing as the Raritan floods so frequently, the pond has that "you never know" mystique and it's not beyond the realm of possibility that a striper or even a musky could be swimming around in there.

Across from the pond, and across the river, was Campbell Hall in all it's glory. Campbell Hall is one the three "River Dorms" at Rutgers College, and is where I spent my freshman year. Well, at least part of my freshman year. Tee-hee.

As I began fishing, I immediately saws signs of life as there were fish breaking the surface and a carp breached the water. I figured this meant good things to come, but although I got plenty of bites, I did not get any fish. My crawler was smacked almost every time it hit the water, but most likely by smaller fish as they never got hooked. I may have even been getting swiped by small eels.

So another slow day without a fish, but I'm hoping the weekend will bring some better luck. I have a few trips planned over the long weekend, and you would think at least one of them would produce a few nice fish.

We shall see.

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