My first trip to "The Resi" in Clark.
When: Saturday, February 4th, from 11:15am to 11:45am
Where: "The Resi" in Clark, Union County, New Jersey
What: Shore fishing with twister-tails
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 45 degrees, variable winds to 6mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.31in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day before full
Water Conditions: High and stained
First and foremost, a very special "thank-you" to Scott for the play-by-play and amusing commentary that got me to this fishing hole in his old hood. I've driven over "The Resi" numerous times while traveling The Parkway, but I had yet to figure out how to reach its shore.
So thanks Scott.
Saturday turned out to be an incredibly eventful day. I had an 8am dentist appointment with Dr. Fred that I was over-the-top excited about. Why would anyone be looking forward to going to the dentist, you ask?
I'll tell you why.
In addition to being a friend, fellow fisherman, former neighbor and my dentist, Dr. Fred builds fishing rods. And he's really good at it. So, when he offered to build me a rod a couple months ago, it was only about a week later that all the components were in hand. Saturday was the day I got to give them to Fred. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but I will tell you he's building me a musky rod. Also, if this rod were a car, I've just given him part equivalent to those of a Ferrari.
After the dentist it was on to pick up a Shimano Tackle bag at a fishing flea market in Iselin. It's a bag that Shimano no longer makes, but after MUCH searching online, I found one. As it turns out, the guy who was selling lives in Jersey and was going to be at this show.
In another stroke of fate, I bumped into two people at the show who I have not seen in 5 years. It was truly no coincidence our paths crossed today and I have an HP to thank for that.
By this point I was pretty exhausted and still had to go home to write the reports for The Fisherman along with a couple blogs and, oh, go fishing again. I didn't have time to travel too far and the fishing has not been great in Union County, so I at least wanted to try a new spot. I got on the horn and called Scott, who eloquently directed me to some shore access on "The Resi."
I gave it a little more than 30 minutes tossing a white twister tail, but only managed to get repeatedly snagged without a bite.
No matter though, there were plenty of other wonderful things that happened on this day to make-up for not catching a fish.