Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 286: From Musky To Musky Bait

By everyone's best guess, this is a creek chubsucker.
When: Wednesday, February 22nd, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: The trap and skeet pond in Kenilworth
What: Fishing
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 58 degrees, S wind at 13mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.60in and steady
Moon: Waxing, just after new
Water Conditions: Murky

This was no musky, but it would make a fine meal for one. And yes, it might not be the biggest catch in the world, but it's been a pretty good week so far and I can't remember the last time I had back to back to back days of decent fishing.

I thought today's adventure was going to be a lot better than it was when I arrived at the trap and skeet pond. I was banking on the warm day heating up the water and making the fish active, and to some degree that was true.

After parking my car, I looked down at the pond to see the surface alive with fish. I haven't seen so much commotion in the water since the summer. I figured the fish would be biting, surprisingly, they were not. I'm not certain if it was small minnows or sunfish making all those splashes, but for whatever reason, the big goldfish and carp did not want to bite.

I kept at it, but after the corn chum had been soaking for 40 minutes and no bites, I began to have my doubts. Then, just moments before I planned to leave, I caught a big creek chubsucker. Yet another surprise from this little mystery puddle.

So, I'm still getting some action this week. I hope I can keep that going on Hopatcong tomorrow. Since the lures I'll be tossing are the size of that chubsucker, anything that bites is bound to make for a good picture.

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