Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 348: After-Work Affairs

Small topwater bass on a cloudy day.

When: Tuesday, April 24th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Hedden County Park in Randolph
What: Bass fishing with Mike Garone of Garone Custom Rods
Weather: Overcast and breezy, 59 degrees, W wind at 13mph and gusting higher
Barometric Pressure: 29.62in and slowly rising
Relative Humidity: 27%
Moon: Waxing, 3 days after new
Water Conditions: Partly stained

There's no shortage of things I have to do after work this week, but the one event that I was most looking forward to was the Muskies Inc. meeting on Tuesday. Since Mike doesn't live too far from the Arrowhead Lodge where it takes place, I made arrangements to meet up with him beforehand to pick-up a Loomis he had repaired for me. Mike Garone, of Garone Custom Rods, does incredible work and specializes in hand-crafting saltwater rods for fluke, striper, tilefish and anything else you can imagine. I can also attest first-hand that his freshwater sticks are pretty sick as well. You can check out some of his work on his Facebook page at In any event, he's one of the few people that I would trust to fix my pricier rods, so when one of them has a problem, that's who I call.

Since I had a little time to kill, and had to go fishing, Mike showed me a little pond by his house and we spent close to an hour tossing lures. During that time, Mike had a couple near-misses and I landed the small bass you see above on a topwater Spook.

After that, we parted ways and I headed to see the Muskies Inc. guys.

Thanks again Mike, hope to fish again soon.

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