Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 300: Exploring All Options

A chunky lunchtime largemouth that bit on a milestone day.
When: Wednesday, March 7th, from 2:30pm to 3pm
Where: A farm pond near my office
What: Bass fishing with Wave Tiki Sticks
Weather: Fair skies, 62 degrees, S wind at 12mph and gusting to 18mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.49in and slowly falling
Moon: Waxing, a day before full
Water Conditions: Very muddy

After a week on the job, it's become obvious that the best way for me to not let this adventure completely drain my quality of life is to go fishing on my lunch hour. I get in early, I stay late and leaving for 45 minutes to fish while I eat my lunch enroute is A-OK in my book. I'm still putting in over an 8-hour workday and getting all, and more, of my work done.

The only problem is that I can really only drive 5 minutes or so in order to get this done. And, since I can't fish the same place twice in the same week, I'm left searching Google Maps. Finding Spooky Brook Lake was key yesterday, and today I stumbled upon another little surprise.

After looking at satellite images of this place on Google, I had zero expectations. To make things even trickier, I wasn't really sure if I was on private property when I arrived and both ponds at the scene were completely brown with mud.

Things were not looking good.

Despite the muddy water, these ponds seemed like textbook lunker bass farm ponds, and it being my 300th day, I fished them hard for the time that I had. I threw a black Tiki Stick to contrast the muddy water and covered lots of shoreline, but after 20 minutes or so, I wasn't very confident that I'd get a strike.

Then, after seeing my line pull just enough to make me want to set the hook, I felt a delightful resistance on the other end. I could tell it was a decent fish, and since I really did not want to lose it, I let it take drag and played it softly until it was at my feet.

After grabbing it by the lip, I was very happy with such a solid fish, especially coming from a place I just found out existed 45 minutes beforehand.

I propped the camera up on my bag, set the timer, and got a fantastic photo for my 300th consecutive day of fishing.

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