There were a few fish stirring at Lake Nomahegan today.
When: Tuesday, February 7th, from 5:45pm to 6pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan in Cranford, Union County, New Jersey
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Partly cloudy, 49 degrees, NW wind at 15mph and gusting to 23mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.13in and rising
Water Conditions: Low and partly stained
It's a amazing how the smallest sign of life can completely change my attitude towards fishing.
As I approached Nomahegan on Tuesday, I didn't see any fish scurrying away from the shoreline and immediately figured the lake was once again dead. And although I didn't catch over the next 45 minutes, I did see one very promising sign of life.
Since corn was still on tap in my fridge, I brought out the tupperware and tossed a chum slick into the water. Amazingly, after 20 minutes or so, I could see a tail sticking out of the water; the familiar sign of a carp feeding. That of course, got the blood pumping, and I fixed my eyes on my line expecting it to start peeling out at any moment. I continued to watch the carp's tail break the surface as it kept chewing, but it never found the piece of corn that was attached to the end of my line.
Such is fishing.
There's a good shot that I could have caught a fish today if I had given it another half-hour, but I had to get going. For the first time in awhile though, I was disappointed that I didn't have more time to fish.