When half the lake is frozen, you know it's almost time to start ice fishing.
When: Wednesday, January 1st, from 9am to 6pm
What: Musky fishing with Matt
Weather: Cold, between 20 and 32 degrees. Partly cloudy, with a slight breeze at times. Winds from the NW and N up to 10mph and gusting higher.
Barometric Pressure: 29.99in and steady all day.
Relative Humidity:Sunrise: 7:22am
Moon: New Moon (Supermoon). Moonrise 7:09am. Overhead 12:15pm. Moonset 5:22pm.
Water Conditions: Clear, lots of skim ice in the morning and the north end completely iced over. Surface temps 35 to 36 degrees.
Happy New Year everyone!!!
........and a New Year of fishing. Or maybe more like hanging on to the previous one for dear life.
Most of the lakes and ponds in Northern New Jersey had at least some degree of ice by the time 2013 was waning to its final seconds. But there was one place that Matt and I could put his boat in for one more shot at a musky. Neither of us were suffering from any kind of hangover, and in fact I was in bed by 10:30 the night before, so we were ready to give open water fishing for muskies one last shot.
It was cold out on New Year's Day, but I've seen worse. When we arrived at the lake, a good portion of it had skim ice, although the shoreline by the ramp was clear and we had no issues launching. We did have to plow through some ice during the day to get to different parts of the lake, but most of it had blown off by the time we got off the water.
Plowing through the ice was the most excitement we had all day, as the muskies did not feel much like cooperating. We fished until dark and a even a little after, casting big gliders and bigger rubber baits, but not a musky showed itself. That being said, it was a great day on the water. We had the lake to ourselves, the weather was bearable and being out there was a heck of a lot better than sleeping in with a hangover.
I say this every year, but once I again I really don't see how this fishing year is going to top the last one. I caught a lot of fish last year, and more muskies than I had hoped. Plus, with a new job, I may not be fishing much during the week anymore, so it may be tough to top last year's totals. I'm sure as hell gonna try though.
On another note, keep an eye out for my writing this year in Field and Stream, The Fisherman Magazine and On the Water Magazine among other smaller publications. I've been a busy bee with the freelance writing, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
This month also marks the 5th anniversary of this here blog, so with a little help from Mother Nature, I'm going to try and make this month pretty spectacular. You won't want to miss it.
Once again, a Happy New Year to all. Be safe on the ice if you're going out and I hope to cross paths with some of you on the water.