When: Wednesday, December 21st, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Mindowaskin Pond
Weather: Overcast, 56 degrees, SW at 8mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.81in and falling
Moon: Waning, a couple days before new
Water Conditions: Low and stained
Today was a pivotal day in my adventure. Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice and hence the shortest day of the year. Going forward, we will gain a little daylight with each passing sunrise.
I knew the months following the end of Daylight Savings Time would be the most difficult to fish. Shorter days without shorter workdays meant I was going to be fishing in the dark a lot. And although night fishing has its time and its place, Union County in the winter doesn't fall into that category. Throw in the fact that I somehow become blind as a bat after sunset and it makes for some uncomfortable outings.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Although I am in no way, shape or form ready to write-off winter and my beloved Ice Fishing, I am fully prepared to write of darkness by 4:30pm. With the passing of the Solstice, the days will now grow longer. The difference will be barely noticeable at first, but by the end of January we will gain over 50 minutes of daylight.
That will be nice.
But for now, I had to deal with darkness and near-dead local waters. Mindowaskin Pond was low, cold and dirty. I can usually get the attention of a few sunfish, but not today.
I set a rod out with crawlers and zero optimism that anything worth catching would find the hook. And nothing did.
But, I live to fish another day. And after tomorrow, that day will have just a little more sunlight then the previous day. And the day after will follow suit. And one day, in the not too distant future, fishing will once again become a little less painful.