Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 313: The RU Screw

This pond is loaded with fish...seriously.
When: Tuesday, March 20th (first day of Spring), from 12:45pm to 1:15pm
Where: A small farm pond near my office
What: Fishing
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70 degrees, variable winds at 5mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.28in and slowly falling
Moon: Waning, a day before new
Water Conditions: Milky with blotches of slime

Back in my college days, we Scarlet Knights had an affectionate term that we used for any Rutgers University policies or procedures that we deemed unacceptable.

The RU Screw.

This term has not crossed my mind in years. But it did today.

Yesterday, when I was on my way back to work from the Millstone River, I passed two ponds that looked very similar to the other local ponds where I've been having success. Being always interested in new water, I headed there on my lunch today.

However, when I was driving by yesterday, I must have spent too much time scanning the shoreline for access and did not look at the perimeter of the property. If I had, I would have noticed the small squares signs on metal posts, forming a complete perimeter around both of the ponds. The signs read "Property of Rutgers University-No Trespassing." The signs were even red with white lettering...the school colors.

And...the RU Screw.

Normally, I'm not opposed to a bit of light trespassing. Since I was on my lunch break though, I didn't want to take the chance of not making it back to work because I had to make a pit stop at the police station.

I was a little pressed for time at this point, but I had a lot of other options. And to another farm pond I went.

When I arrived at the next fishing hole, I could see a TON of fish in the water. Sunfish, small bass, HUGE bass and some big 'ol chunky carp too. I started with a small Tiki Stick and a few bass followed it, one even ate it, but none stuck.

I switched lures a couple times and gave it as much time as I could, but even though I could see fish everywhere, I could not get one to bite.

Oh well, at least I know I can go back there.

Unless RU decides to buy the property.

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