Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 259: Sunrise Sunfish

 The sunfish were biting at Lake Nomahegan this morning.
When: Thursday, January 26th, from 7am to 7:30am
Where: Lake Nomahegan in Cranford, Union County, New Jersey
What: Fishing for panfish with a waxworms
Weather: Cloudy, 34 degrees, N wind at 3mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.23in and falling
Moon: Waxing, 3 days past new
Water Conditions: Fairly clear

I have to admit that when I was leaving my house this morning, I was thinking how painful and pointless it was to try catching fish around here in January. I've pretty much been fishing for sunfish and not even having any luck at that.

I had no reason to think that today would be different.

Because I had a busy day at work planned and a personal training session afterwards, I woke-up and headed right to Lake Nomahegan. I scoped it out yesterday on my way home from work, so I knew that I wasn't going to be dealing with any ice. Still, I didn't think anything would be stirring.

I was wrong.

As I approached the lake, I could see sunfish scurry away from the shore. I was surprised, but it was nice to know that something was moving. Now if I could only get one to bite.

That, actually, didn't prove to be too difficult. I hung a waxworm below a small crappie float, cast it out and within seconds I had a sunfish. In fact, I caught many more over the next 30 minutes and missed a bunch too. I know, I know, they're only sunfish, but after spending too many days freezing and catching zilch, it was a welcome sight to see that float getting taken under time and time again.

Plus, I already have my sights on bigger and better things.

I just got these additions to my collection in the mail today. I've already had success catching a musky in Pennsylvania in December. Wouldn't it be stellar to get one in New Jersey in January? It may be a long shot, but I definitely won't catch any big toothy critters sitting on my couch. Stay tuned for this one. 

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