Monday, March 10, 2014

There's No Place Like Home

My first cast into open water since January 1st.

When: Friday, March 7th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
What: A couple of hours of carp fishing
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 36 degrees, NE wind at 12mph.
Barometric Pressure: 30.13in
Relative Humidity: 62%
Sunrise: 6:21am
Sunset: 5:55pm
Moon: Waxing, a day before the first quarter.
Water Conditions: Stained and very cold.

I had originally intended on going ice fishing on Friday, but life threw a curveball and I've been staying close to home for a bit.

The thought of ice fishing in Union County is not too appealing, and I don't even know if it's legal. So, I tried conjuring up a way of doing some open water fishing that did not entail an all-day affair. I poked around for some info on spots on the Passaic, but nothing let me to believe I was going to find anything but a frozen river.

But I needed to get outside.

So I put on my running shoes and did my first outdoor run since the fall. I ran a total of 8 miles, which was definitely a bit too much since I've only been running 40 minutes on the treadmill at the gym up until now. I'm still a little sore two days later, but that's not the moral of this story.

The point is that along my run, as I blazed past one of my favorite fishing spots like a majestic gazelle, I noticed that it was all open water.

Sweet, liquid, no ice on top, beautiful open water.

As an added bonus, the overgrowth of vegetation that normally makes it difficult to fish there in the spring and summer was noticeably absent.

So I decided to go home, shower and then get my carp on.

After a stop at King's to load-up on corn, I was nestled into my spot. I didn't have high hopes of catching anything, and in fact I didn't, but taking a cast into open and waiting for my baitrunner start singing was worth every cold minute I spent outside.

And it can only get better from here.

My gears are already turning, and with a warm beginning to the week, my chances may improve greatly of scoring and early season "golden boy."

Stay tuned.

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