Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 296: Back To Bass-ics

I cut two inches off a Wave Tiki Stick to accommodate the "small" bass in Upper
Echo Lake and wind up catching the biggest fish I've ever seen in there.
When: Saturday, March 3rd, from 10:15am to 10:45am
Where: Upper Echo Lake in Mountainside
What: Bass fishing with Wave Tiki Sticks
Weather: Overcast, rain, fog, mist, 45 degrees, calm wind
Barometric Pressure: 29.52in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a few days after the first quarter
Water Conditions: Very stained/kinda muddy

It was about time to break out the Tiki Sticks. The "sunfish thing" was getting old fast, and I figured it's got to be close, if not time for the bass to start munching.

I was right.
I was originally going to fish Nomahegan, but had a couple stops to make in Westfield. By the time I was done with my errands, I was much closer to Echo Lake Park. Since I did well there last Spring catching loads of very small bass, I thought I could get one of them to bite. To accommodate the size of the small fish I knew were in there, I cut 2 inches off of a white, 5-inch, Wave Tiki Stick and starting tossing it along the bank.
And of course, I catch the biggest fish I've ever seen in there.

Aside from the irony, I was a bit lucky too. During the 20 minutes before the bite, my confidence dwindled and I started daydreaming. I was in outer space when this fish hit and wasn't watching my line to detect the strike. Fortunately, the bugger nailed it so hard that I felt the rod shake even though I was staring off into the wilderness. I instinctively set the hook and after a spirited battle, I got a picture for the blog.

This bass looked uber-healthy and had either just eaten a bullfrog or was full of eggs. I'm assuming the latter, which is why it was good that I released her unharmed to make many more "small" bass.