Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 195: The Final Day Of Carp Fishing

A dreary fall day.
When: Wednesday, November 23rd, from 5pm to 6pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Overcast, 49 degrees, North wind at 12mph (post-storm)
Barometric Pressure: 29.60in and rising
Moon: Waning, a day before new
Water Conditions: High, dirty and full of leaves

I'm officially done carp fishing until the Spring.

I had a lot of preparation to do on Wednesday for a full weekend of fishing, so I wanted to stay close to home after work. I decided to take one last shot at Nomahegan for a carp.

When I arrived, the lake wasn't looking so hot. We had gotten a lot of rain over the previous 12 hours, and the water was high, dirty and full of leaves. I walked almost the entire length of the lake looking for signs of life, but I saw none.

Still, I set out my chum, baited with corn and waited as long as I could.

No fish.

When I got home, I took the used and abused 8-pound monofilament off the small baitrunners, which were well caked with dirt and grime from the last 6 months or so. I washed them with a wet paper towel, took the spool and handle off and applied oil to the appropriate places and stowed them away for the winter. I then took the matching St. Croix Premiers, which were sticky from corn juice and stained from mud, and gave them a good rinse.

They too were set aside for the Spring.

It's been a solid year for carp.

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