Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 262: Fishing In A Barrel

 My go-to hole at the trap and skeet range.
When: Sunday, January 29th (Happy Birthday Janel), from 3:45pm to 4:15pm
Where: The pond at the trap and skeet range in Kenilworth, Union County, New Jersey
What: Fishing
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 45 degrees, SW wind at 18mph and gusting to 25mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.11in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day or so before the first quarter
Water Conditions: Low and partly stained

I need to remind myself, and my readers, that although we've had some unseasonably warm weather it is indeed still winter. The pond I was fishing today was covered with ice last week, which means that regardless of the warm rain and sunny days we've had this past week, the water is still cold. Cold water slows down the metabolism of fish and they aren't very active...yada, yada, yada.
Even with that collection of solid excuses at my disposal, I still thought I could catch some of the monster wild goldfish or small carp from the trap and skeet pond. I did the whole chum with corn, bait and wait thing that worked just a few weeks ago, but it did not work today.

This is getting a little boring.
I find myself daydreaming more and more about the Spring, when the water starts warming and fish become more active. I'm looking forward to the simplicity of throwing spinners and soft-plastics to pre-spawn bass and to seeing carp feeding in the shallows on sunny afternoons.

Soon enough. Soon enough.

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