It seemed more like Spring than Winter on the canal today.
When: Tuesday, January 24th (Happy Birthday Mindy!!!), from 12pm to 12:30pm
Where: The D & R Canal near Somerset, Middlesex County, New Jersey
Weather: Clear skies, 51 degrees, W wind at 9mph and gusting to 16
Barometric Pressure: 30.02in and steady
Moon: Waxing, just over a day after new
Water Conditions: Slightly stained
The good memories of Saturday's success are already starting to fade and I'm left scratching my head about how to catch a fish. Although much of the ice in Central NJ faded with Monday's rain and Tuesday's warmth, it doesn't seem like the fish have responded to the minor spike in water temperature.
After all, it is still January.
That being said, I had the slightest bit of hope as I passed by the D & R Canal at lunchtime. After a day of warm rain an another day of sun, I thought the fish might be somewhat active. Although I was standing on the banks of the alleged "musky stretch," my hopes weren't overly high that I would see one. I was, however, slightly more optimistic that I could pull a pickerel from the cool water.
I started off tossing a Rapala Subwalk and moved it as slowly as possible to try and draw a strike. After a 15-minute walk and no strikes, I hoofed my way back to the car, this time tossing a small jighead with a twister-tail. Still no dice.
So, another day gone. I'm really in the thick of it now and it's tough to come-up with ideas. I'm also getting a bit exhausted and for the first time really looking forward to when this is all over.
I have a hunch that all that will change once the fish start biting again.