Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 309: The Twenty Cast Rule



The elusive "stick fish."
 When: Friday, March 16th, from 11:45am to 12:15pmWhere: The D &; R Canal
What: Fishing with Mepps spinners, Bombers and Husky Jerks
Weather: Fog and mist, calm wind 48 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.20in and steady
Moon: Waning, a day after the last quarter
Water Conditions: Partially stained

I really thought this fishing trip was going to be a bit more productive. I know the bass and pickerel have been biting in many places around New Jersey, and I would have bet that the clouds would only add to this trend.

Wrong.

I didn't have any success, but I think I could have caught fish if I had more time to figure out a lure they would bite. When I have more time, I usually apply the "20 Cast Rule." What that means is that I use a lure for 20 casts, and if I don't get a bite, I try a new one. Note that in musky fishing that number is much bigger. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but it sure as heck ain't 20.

So, I got through three lures today, a Mepps spinner, a Bomber Long A and a Rapala Husky Jerk. None of them produced fish, but I just didn't have time to break out the Tiki Sticks, jigs and Texas-rigged worms.

Oh well.

On a better note, I got to spend time with Dad and his fishing buddy Frank. They were headed to the Saltwater Expo in Somerset and since it's right by my job, I met them over there.

So, no fish, but I'd much rather spend some quality time with Dad.

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