Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 256: I'm......Melting......

Floating fog from the melting snow.
When: Monday, January 23rd, from 6pm to 6:30pm
Where: Lenape Lake in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey
What: Fishing
Weather: Light rain, fog and mist, 50 degrees, S wind at 6mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.01in and steady
Moon: Waxing, just after new
Water Conditions: Half-frozen, half-open

With 50 degrees temperatures and lots of rain, I can practically hear all of the ice around New Jersey screaming like the Wicked Witch of the West. Yes, it's melting. And I don't know if it will be coming back this winter.

While most of the ice in the area was a mess on Monday, so was I. After waking up incredibly sore and extremely tired from the weekend, I put in a solid day at work and then passed out when I got home. Luckily I only slept for a half-hour, but seeing as I had somewhere to go at 7:15, I needed to make haste to get my fishing in and get to where I needed to be.

It was a good thing that I had walked past Lenape Lake yesterday and noticed that it had a large area of open water. It was no surprise that area had gotten considerably larger today. It wasn't the most comfortable of fishing trips though, as I had to endure darkness, fog and rain. At least it wasn't very cold.

Seeing that I still have lots of waxworms left, I put a couple off the bottom with a split shot to see if I could entice a panfish, but I did not. It was nice that I didn't have to drill any holes though.

In any event, it looks like the warm weather will be back tomorrow. To be honest, I'm about ready to write-off this half-assed winter we've been having. I have a hunch that this past weekend's ice fishing trip may be the only one of the winter, and I guess that's going to have to do.

Bring on the Spring....and the carp, bass, pike and.....musky.

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