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 www.facebook.com/pages/Garone-Custom-Rods/234688876578143. 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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