Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day 278: Sunfish Smackdown

The sunfish were on the chew at Nomahegan today.
When: Tuesday, February 14th, from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan in Cranford, Union County, New Jersey
What: Fishing with waxworms and nightcrawlers
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 45 degrees, E wind at 10mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.02in and steady
Moon: Waning, third (last) quarter
Water Conditions: Fairly clear

How many men get to fishing on Valentine's Day?

Probably not many. 

I'm a lucky man that Lindsay is so supportive of this (after all it was her idea), but the fact is that all my fishing was done while she was still at work. She's on her way home, the oven is preheating and there's some fantastic, local, homemade chocolate in the fridge.

Everybody wins.

As for the fishing today, I tried to reproduce yesterday's performance -- hoping I could get some more panfish to bite. I took the same tactics to the next closest fishing hole, Lake Nomahegan. I kept the same set-up as yesterday, a small crappie float, a small hook and a split shot, and alternated between pieces of nightcrawler and a pair of waxworms.

Both were getting some V-Day love.

The first couple spots I tried seemed to be void of fish, but determined to keep "the skunk" at bay, I started making my way around the lake looking for active fish.

And I found some.

As I settled in next to the small footbridge, the float was going down early and often. I picked-away at a half-dozen small sunfish, and missed many more. The fish were small, but it was good to have some fast-paced action, regardless of what I was catching.

So, maybe things are looking up for CatfishOnTheLake. I got two potentially positive pieces of news today and with February halfway done and a few fish biting, I have a hunch that good things are just around the corner.

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