Friday, December 23, 2011

Day 225: Christmas Shopping Fishing

A familiar shot of the D & R canal.

When: Friday, December 23rd, from 1:30pm to 3pm
Where: The D & R Canal
What: Fishin'
Weather: Overcast, 46 degrees, NW wind at 7mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.79in and rising
Moon: Waning, less than a day before new
Water Conditions: High and stained

Today was the first of a nice stretch of "days off." Linds had to go to work, so I took on the task of doing some last-minute Christmas shopping.

And a little fishing....of course.

My shopping, much like my adventure last weekend, brought me in close proximity to the D & R Canal. Since there are variety of fish in the canal that will bite in cold weather, I figured this may be my best option for bending a rod.

Also, we got a nice hunk of rain last night that fouled-up a lot of rivers and lakes in the area. Even under the heaviest of rains, the canal seems to hold-up pretty well since it doesn't get a lot of runoff. Although it was a bit stained when I arrived, it was still fishable.

I don't think the rain itself effected the fishing, but the drastic drop in temperature probably did. It was almost 60 yesterday, and seeing as it was not even 50 today and that a nice storm rolled through last night, it's safe to say a cold front had made its way into central New Jersey.

I have, in the past, gotten pickerel to bite after a front, but it wasn't happening today. I tossed a white Mister Twister grub as I hiked the towpath without seeing a single sign of life.

Even without a fish, it was a beautiful day to start off a holiday weekend. Plus, it was my first day off work and there are many more to come.

You know what they say....

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