Monday, April 14, 2014

Back In The Saddle

I love musky fishing.

When: Friday, April 11th, from noon to 7:30pm
What: Musky fishing with Charlie
Weather: Warm, overcast and very breezy at times. Winds variable to SW at 13mph and gusting over 20mph. Light rain in the late afternoon.
Barometric Pressure: 30.01in at noon, fell to 29.95in at 3pm and back up to 29.99in.
Relative Humidity: 49% at noon up to 81%
Sunrise: 6:27am
Sunset: 7:35pm
Moon: Waxing, 4 days before full. Underfoot 10:15am. Moonrise 4:12pm.
Water Conditions: Partly stained, temp n/a, but guessing by other reports, in the high 40's.

For the first time since 2013, my boat hit the water. And for the first time since 2013, it's time to fish for muskies.

Last year my musky season began in January, but with a much longer and colder winter, I made my first trip this year in April. When Lindsay and I left for Costa Rica, most lakes and ponds in Northern NJ still had at least some ice on them.

When we got back it was all gone.

I got to the lake at noon, and got a pleasant phone call that my buddy Charlie was going to come meet me. I had about an hour until he got there, so I launched my boat and started fishing.

Only 20 or 30 minutes in, an angry musky followed my lure back to the boat with his nose right on it. I quickly went into a Figure 8, but the fish disappeared. I continued to move the lure for close to a minute, but it never showed itself again.

Unfortunately, that was all the action for the day.

But it was a much needed day on the water.

Charlie arrived and hopped in my boat. It was good to have him out on my vessel as we've fished off of his a few times. Charlie got to work trying to entice bass while I continued to cast musky lures, but neither wanted to show.

We battled wind, rain and slow fishing and loved every minute of it.

Gonna do it again today.

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