Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 251: Winter Woes Continue

A waxworm hangs below a small panfish float, somewhere in the middle of this photo.
When: Wednesday, January 18th, from 7am to 7:30am
Where: Mindowaskin Park Pond in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey
What: Fishing with waxworms under a float
Weather: A few clouds, breezy, 37 degrees, NW wind 29mph and gusting over 30mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.00in and rising
Moon: Waning, a few days after the last quarter
Water Conditions: Low, half the pond was frozen, water was fairly clear

I can't seem to catch a fish right now.

I've even resorted to targeting sunfish, just to get something, but it isn't working. Ice conditions continue to teeter between unsafe and non-existent, and this is undoubtedly the most trouble I've had since I started.

On my way out on Wednesday, I knew someplace that I could "ice fish" from shore, but I thought the previous night's warm rain may have opened up a hole in Mindowaskin Park Pond.

It did.

Although part of the pond was still frozen, the back end was completely open. I thought that maybe this water would be a little warmer there would be a few fish hanging there. The water was fairly clear and I looked for signs of life as I walked around...and I saw none.

The whole time I was there, I was using waxworms fished below a small panfish float. I figured that if anything was going to get the attention of a sunfish, it would be this. However, it did not. 

I gave it 30 minutes and left.

If I'm correct, tonight's cold is going to freeze everything up again and make Thursdays fishing difficult again. This is not getting any easier.

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