Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 252: Right Place, Wrong Time

Above the falls, New Market Pond was frozen. Below, open water.

When: Thursday, January 19th, from 12pm to 12:30pm
Where: The outflow of New Market Pond (i.e. the Bound Brook) in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey
What: Fishing with waxworms
Weather: A few clouds, 30 degrees, South wind at 8mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.20in and falling
Moon: Waning, a day or two before new
Water Conditions: Cold, New Market Pond was frozen above the falls, water was dirty

It seems like the temperature has finally made up its mind.

For now.

When I left for my business in Piscataway this morning, I was well aware that most lakes and ponds in the area would have at least some ice, although most likely not enough to walk on. Luckily, I knew there was an overflow at the end of New Market Pond that would allow me to fish in open water.

I was going to wait until after work, but I wound up with a some crippling computer problems and had some time to kill while I waited for a phone call from the IT department.

Out came my lunch. Out came the fishing rod.

Let me just say that this spot has "fish" written all over it: deep hole, outflow, slow moving water. What more could a fish ask for? The answer to that question is probably water that is 30 degrees warmer, but I still thought I could get something to bite.

It wasn't happening though.

Things aren't looking too much better for tomorrow, but on Saturday, my birthday weekend, I just might be out with some friends...on the ice.

Stay tuned for the first ice fishing trip of my 365 Days of Fishing.

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