Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day 363: Keep Calm And Fish On

I was in the right place at the right time to see this guy feeding.
When: Wednesday, May 9th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: The Rahway River and Rahway River Park Pond
What: Bass fishing with Wave Tiki Sticks (sweet potato pie again)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 70 degrees, S wind at 7mph
Moon: Waning, four days after full
Barometric Pressure: 29.66in and falling
Relative Humidity: 79%
Water Conditions: Partly stained

Today was a pivotal day.
I know I'm not the only fisherman who does this, but I have the tendency to lose my focus when I know time is running out and I really want to catch a fish. I begin to switch lures more frequently, make more casts and in turn not finish my retrieve. I have found that this never, ever, produces a fish.

I'm attempting to change my ways, though. I'm trying to stick with what I know works best and to make sure that I'm taking my time with each cast, regardless of whether it's my second or second to last one of the day.

Keeping calm and fishing on.

I had mentioned today was a pivotal day. I'm trying to catch a fish every day of my last week, and this would be the fifth straight. I have some pretty lofty goals for the next two days and to be honest it would be a miracle if I make it seven straight, but I needed to deliver today to give myself a chance.

And once again, cue the broken record, time was not on my side. Business today took me away from my favorite haunts at work and I was left with the 'hood at my disposal. I had more time than 30 minutes, but an hour would be the max and I really wanted to catch a fish to keep the streak alive.

I headed to Rahway Park so I could fish my spots on the river and the pond, try to focus on my casts and stick with my proven baits no matter how much time ticked by.

I started working my best spots methodically, only changing lures once and making sure my offering was staying where it needed to be. Shortly after the 30 minute mark, while thoroughly working my favorite stretch of shoreline, I saw a bass actively feeding.

And it actively fed on my Tiki Stick.

On another day I may have already raced to the next spot and not have seen that bass, but today I was taking my time and saw him.

So, it's been five days in a row with a bass or other worthy fish in the bag (I have not resorted to catching sunfish). I have to tell you it's gonna be tough to make it six. After all, it would take me catching a fish from the lake that has been the bane of my fishing existence to do it. However I'm in no way deterred, and have every bit of confidence I can break the curse of Skunksville tomorrow.

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