By far the most enjoyable part of my trip home from work.
When: Wednesday, March 28th, from 5pm to 5:30pm
Where: Upper Echo Lake Park Pond in Mountainside
What: Bass fishing with spinners
Weather: Partly cloudy, 59 degrees, SW wind at 10mph and gusting to 20mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.62in and falling
Moon: Waxing, 5 days after new
Water Conditions: Muddy
What a trip.
I was hoping to have more time to fish after work and possibly give it more time at a better locale, but my ride home completely wiped-out that idea.
I had a 2:30pm appointment in Hawthorne, which is right on the border of Paterson and about 30 minutes from home. After a great meeting, I hopped in the car, spent 10 minutes driving through some sketchy neighborhoods and arrived on the The Parkway to find...
Lots of traffic.
I sat on the Garden State Parkinglot, going 5mph -- when we moved -- and nearly lost my mind. I made a few quick calls to pass the time, and finally, when I reached it, I ducked onto I-78 to end the pain.
That was a good call.
Apparently, when I got off The Parkway I was still a good 10 miles away from the accident, and going 5 miles per hour...well, you get the idea. Taking back roads has its downfalls too though, and although my trip across Springfield was a slow one, it was most like much better than what I would have had to deal with had I stayed on The Parkway.
In total, it took just under 2 hours to drive what should have taken 30 minutes.
That's just New Jersey for you, and I am in no way complaining as many people have it MUCH worse than I do... and on daily basis.
This extended trip time did, however, limit my options for fishing. Upper Echo Lake Park Pond was right on the way home and won over the further away, Lenape Lake. I tossed a spinner from shore for 30 minutes or so with one bite and no fish.
Oh well. When I got back in the car, I was just happy to be on my way home.