Chimney Rock Lake.When: Thursday, February 9th, from 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Where: Chimney Rock Lake in Washington Valley Park, near Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey
What: Fishing with waxworms and nightcrawlers
Weather: Clear skies, 40 degrees, NW wind at 14mph and gusting to 18mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.09in and steady
Moon: Waning, a couple days past new
Water Conditions: Cold and clear
Although I had live bait and tried a new place, Chimney Rock Lake didn't produce any fish today. So, in honor of the tough fishing conditions, I'm going to do some good old fashioned complaining.
It's not like it's going to change anything.
Here are a few things that I'm growing very tired of....
1)The Cold-Yeah, I know, I know. We've been having probably the most mild winter in the history of time. So, why on earth am I complaining about the cold? This is why: because although it hasn't been 25 degrees every day, it has been close to 40. Toss in a wind chill and you're down to 30. PLUS, I fish five days a week in a pair of paper-thin dress pants. I can deal with NEGATIVE 20 degrees when I'm properly dressed, but 45 degrees in dress pants? It may as well be in single digits.
2)The Wind-It seems like every time there's a warm afternoon, the wind kicks up and makes it feel10 degrees colder. Over the last two weeks, this has been true without exception. It was in the mid-40's when I got off work today, but a stiff breeze coming down the lake made it seem much colder...especially since I was wearing dress pants.
3)Mud-Where in the world is all this mud coming from? We've gotten a half-inch of snow in the last month and I can't remember the last time we got a solid rain. Still, it seems like every lake looks like a bowl of Yoo-Hoo and every walk in the woods is spent sloshing through puddles. Throw in the fact that I often forget to bring a change of footwear, and you have a recipe for muddy shoes that would make most mothers cringe.
4)Ducks and Geese-I really think the NJDEP should open-up all of New Jersey to waterfowl hunting, regardless of proximity to pedestrians and auto traffic. Well, not really, but it seems like there are way to many birds in this state. And, every time I find a nice tranquil peace of water to do some fishing, a flock of 8,000 noisily makes their way through the sky, dropping crap bombs as they go before splashing down all at once in my fishing hole. And the ducks need to figure out that when I throw corn in the water to attract carp that it doesn't float, it's not for them and there's no need to swim where I'm fishing while waiting for "theirs."
5)NOT CATCHING ANY FISH!!!-Okay, the secret is out. All that "fishing is relaxing and rewarding in itself regardless of whether or not you catch any fish stuff,"...it's getting old...fast. I know there will be a time...soon...when the water will warm and the fish will start moving. However, that is not going to happen with all the cold and the wind and the mud and the ducks and the geese.