Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 354: Enough With The Bluebirds

That blue sky can make for some tough fishing.
When: Monday, April 30th, from 12pm to 12:30pm
Where: The Millstone River
What: Fishing
Weather: Fair skies, calm wind, variable winds to 3mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.27in and starting to fall
Relative Humidity: 25%
Moon: Waxing, a day or so after the first quarter
Water Conditions: River level seemed normal, water partly stained

I find it a little strange that March ended with a bigger bang than April did, but such is fishing. I'm sure there's no solid reason why I haven't been catching a ton of fish lately, but I can tell you the drop in temperature and high, fair, bluebird skies have not helped one bit.

The first time I fished this spot on the Millstone, I scored two big pickerel in less than 30 minutes. That got me pretty amped and had me daydreaming of the bigger members of the Esox family that could be lurking in the same water.

I have been to the same spot a half-dozen times since, and have not caught another fish.

This is probably a coincidence and may or may not have something to do with the fact that this spot is easily accessible and is probably fished by 200 other people on a given week, but the weather hasn't helped either. It seems like every time I hit the Millstone it's under bluebird skies.

I have tested a lot of "fishing theories" over the last year and I'm still hard-pressed to find any evidence against the notion that fishing is considerably slower on high-pressure days with low humidity and no cloud cover. I am in no way saying that fish can't be caught on these days, but it seems to take a lot more time and a lot more effort. Most days I just don't have that kind of time.

But oh well, it was still great to get out of the office and I look forward to fishing again tomorrow. 

Hopefully under some clouds.

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