I was a bit puzzled as to why the canal was so muddy.
When: Friday, February 3rd, from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Where: The D & R Canal and Millstone River near Zarepath, Somerset County, New Jersey
Weather: Fair skies, 45 degrees, variable winds up to 5mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.37in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day or so before full
Water Conditions: High and dirty
There has been so much going on over the last few days that I am practically disconnected with reality. In the midst of all this, I've still been fishing for at least 30 minutes everyday. I'm also mired in what's probably one of the longer "fishless" streaks I've had to date, but it doesn't seem to be bothering me since I'm more focused on taking care of other business right now.
I'm sure that will change.
But if I don't start catching fish sometime soon, this is going to start getting pretty darn painful.
After spending the majority of Thursday in the ER, I had two days of work to cram into Friday. I did my best and got a lot of stuff done, but there are still some loose ends to be tied up and next week doesn't look like it's going to be less hectic than this one. Hopefully life will spare me another hospital trip.
My last appointment on Friday was in Somerset and afterwards I visited a some prospects, leaving the D & R Canal only a short distance from my ride home.
To my dismay, it was muddy as sin. I'm not quite sure why the canal is so prone to water clarity issues these days, seeing as it was hanging tough with the summer and fall monsoons. I don't remember any recent rains, but the canal looked bad, as did the Millstone and the Raritan.
I was pretty much in a fog the whole time I fished, but I gave it my best. My best was obviously not good enough, as I didn't see any signs of fish and donated a Husky Jerk and a Thunderstick to underwater structure in the process.
Looking back on the last few days, it's hard to complain about losing $10 worth of lures and not catching any fish.