The two lures I tried to entice a striped bass with today.When: Thursday, January 12th, from 2pm to 2:30pm
Where: The Raritan Bay, via Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy
Weather: Overcast, 43 Degrees, N wind at 9mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.55in and steady
Moon: Waning, 3 days after full
Water Condition/Tide: Ebb tide, low at 4:14pm, water VERY dirty from previous night's rain
The most exciting part of today, aside from my success at work, was that I am now exactly two-thirds done with this adventure. I have an even four months left, but I figure the next one is going to be the hardest.
When I left my house this morning, I planned on being closer to East Brunswick. I was well aware that it dumped an inch of rain last night and I was planning to fish Dahlenbach Lake. This pond has sandy shores that prevent it from getting muddy and silty after a storm.
However, halfway through my day, I changed courses to South Amboy and must have forgotten about all that rain. I didn't get to take a break until 2pm after seeing a customer in said town, and then it was off to eat lunch at the Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. There have still been reports of striped bass around, and I was hoping that one or two might be hanging around the bay.
When I took a look at the water, I immediately remembered the storm last night. The water looked brown and was full of sticks and branches. Fishing conditions were tough, but I had another late appointment and had to give it a try. I was originally going to toss a 7 1/2-inch white Slug-Go, but after realizing a fish would not even notice it in that water, I switched to a topwater Rapala Walk to try and make some noise on the surface. Still, conditions were tough and I didn't draw a strike.
So, 8 months down and 4 left. I don't know what difficulties will pop-up in the Spring, but in terms of weather, I think the next month will be most difficult. Tomorrow's weather looks brutal and I fully expect most ponds and lakes to freeze beginning on Saturday.
This is where things gets tricky.