Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 264: Sunny Day Pickerel Hunting

Although a bit breezy, it was an unseasonably warm day on Helmetta Pond.
When: Tuesday, January 21st, from 12pm to 12:30pm
Where: Helmetta Pond in Helmetta, Middlesex County, New Jersey
What: Pickerel fishing
Weather: Fair skies, 57 degrees, SW wind at 9mph and gusting to 17mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.09in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day after the first quarter
Water Conditions: Slightly "tea" stained, but very clear

It was an interesting "Tuesday," but the fish still did not want to cooperate. My business today took me to southern Middlesex County, home of the pickerel, and I was fairly confident that I could get at least one to bite.

Near lunchtime, I was passing one of my favorite haunts, Helmetta Pond. Since I always get at least some degree of action there, I decided to break out the sammich and do a little fishing while I ate it.

I spent 30 minutes casting a Pearl/Silver Flake Forked Dinger through the "fishy" looking weedbeds, but not a touch. One would think the unseasonably warm day would have the fish moving, but that did not appear to be true. Still, Wednesday brings more warm weather and maybe two days in a row of 60-degrees will be enough to produce a bite.

We shall see.

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