Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day 231: And So It Begins....

My grub looks mighty vibrant in contrast to the dreary scenery.
When: Thursday, December 29th, from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Where: Brightwood Park Pond
What: Fishin'
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 34 degrees, SW wind at 8mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.00in and steady
Moon: Waxing, 5 days after full
Water Conditions: Low and dirty

Brightwood Park Pond looked especially dreary today...it probably has something to do with the fact that Winter is trying to elbow its way in.

The temperature was barely above freezing as I approached this small pond in Westfield and for a moment, I thought I saw an unfamiliar obstacle...

Ice.

It was only 34 degrees outside and I've been anticipating the chill that will ring-in the New Year, so yes, frozen water was stirring in my brain. Alas, it was not ice. The surface distortion I saw from far away turned out to be the dying weed-tops poking through the lowered water surface.

BUT...ice just may materialize over the next week.

If I don't get my ice, I will just continue to endure the bad fishing that comes along with Winter.  But of course, there is something to be said for the bittersweet delight in being able to easily fish in open water.

If we do get ice, I will be extremely excited to pull out the tip-ups and sled. At the same time though, I'll be a little apprehensive regarding the new challenges that come with having to fish everyday in freezing weather.

For now, it's one day at a time.

Brightwood Park did not produce anything today and it's going to be tough from here on out to catch fish on any kind of a consistent basis. I figure the next two months, regardless of whether there is any kind of ice season, will be the most difficult of this adventure.

I'm in no way ready to write this Winter off, but I'm undoubtedly looking forward to the Spring.

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