Monday, December 26, 2011

Day 227: A Christmas Surprise

Rob was rockin' his reindeer hat for some Christmas morning fishing.
When: Sunday, December 25th, from 9:30am to 10am
Where: Bedminster Pond and the North Branch of the Raritan River
What: Fishin' with Rob
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 34 degrees, calm wind
Barometric Pressue: 30.24in and falling
Moon: Waxing, just past new
Water Conditions: Pond was stained, river was high but clear

Christmas was full of surprises this year and one of the biggest came from Rob.

I was delighted when he told me he was going to come fishing.

When I realized he was going to join me, I quickly tried to formulate a plan that would result in a picture of Rob holding a Christmas fish. It being December and all, the odds were stacked against me, but I've been able to find fish in tougher conditions.

We headed to a nearby park in Bedminster that contained both a small pond and a healthy stretch of the North Branch. After parking and taking a short walk, we took a few casts in the pond.

I didn't see any signs of life, and thinking that trout would be more active in the colder water, we hoofed a few more minutes and started to pick away at a deep pool in the river.

I was floored by Rob's natural talent at casting and how meticulously he dissected the pool with pinpoint casts. I took a swings downstream, all the while hoping Rob would score in the slower, deeper water, but it was not to be.

To my complete surprise, after telling Rob we had fulfilled our 30 minute obligation and that we could head back and get our Christmas plans moving, he turned back and replied,

"Just one more cast."

I guess he's a natural.

A very special "thank-you" for being the best brother-in-law one could ever ask for.