Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 284: Princeton President's Day Panfish Party

A small crappie from Carnegie Lake.
When: Monday, February 20th, from 12pm to 3pm
Where: Carnegie Lake in Princeton
What: Panfishing with Dan and Chris
Weather: Fair skies and breezy, 43 degrees, N wind 8 to 10mph and gusting close to 20mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.20in and steady
Moon: Waning, just before new
Water Conditions: Surface was choppy and the water was muddy

Although we didn't catch anything too big today, it was nice to have a little drop and reel fishing.

Martalus and I had concocted this plan over a week ago, and it turned out that Dan had the day off today. Since Dan and I have been trying to wet a line together for months, it was well overdue.

Seeing as the mornings are still chilly these days, we figured there was no sense heading out early. Chris was at my house at 10am, and after picking up Dan we were on the way, headed to Carnegie Lake where it has been reported that the panfish are biting.

And they were.

It took us a minute or two before figuring out exactly where they were, but once we did the action was hot and heavy. We were mostly catching sunfish, but we landed a crappie and lost a couple others. Chris also landed a pair of big wild shiners. Some of the bluegill were pretty fat, and it made for a few good hours of fun.

So, the week got started off on the right foot. It was good to finally wet a line with Dan and it was good to catch double-digits worth of fish, even if they were only lowly sunnies.

Much more to come on this week off.

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