Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Slow Day And A Mystery

Could this be a human bone?

When: Monday, May 12th, from 5am to 2pm
What: Carp fishing with Matt J.
Weather: Warm. Fair skies with increasing clouds. High of 84, wind calm to variable at 3mph and South to 8mph.
Barometric Pressure: 30.09in rose to 30.11in the fell to 30.05in
Relative Humidity: Low of 38% at midday 
Sunrise: 5:44am
Sunset: 8:04pm
Moon: Waxing, 2 days before full. Set 4:22am.  Underfoot 11:07am.
Water Conditions: High tide was at 7:11am, low at 1:41pm. Gauge 10.5 (low) to 11.5 (high) in South Amboy.

On Monday I had the privilege of fishing with another of New Jersey's carp sharpies. There are few, if any, who catch more and bigger carp in New Jersey than Matt "SaxMatt" Janiszewski. Matt has caught and released a carp that would have bested the state record by over 5 pounds.

And that's no joke.

The same fish has actually been caught and released twice again, each time growing in weight. I've seen the pics, I know Matt well, and anyone else who does knows that the New Jersey state record carp belongs to him and his close circle of friends.

As I was driving home from my parent's house on Mother's Day, I started getting pics from Matt who was fishing the spot we'd be at the next day.

He was on fire.

He landed seven fish in a few hours, including a handful over 20-pounds and a personal best mirror carp that weighed in at just over 37 pounds. I had half the mind to go and join him.

I should've.

Because Monday was a different story.

Although Matt had baited the area well before he left on Sunday, the fish seemed to have vanished. We did see some carp breaking the surface and our lines kept getting bumped, but nothing wanted to run-off with our baits. I did catch a trio of channel catfish, but no carp.

Matt did have one run-off and hooked what was most certainly a carp, but it ran him into a snag and that was that.

As the day wore on, we got the feeling that we were going home without any carp.

While we were preparing to leave, we let the rods soak for a few and took a hike up the shore so Matt could show me another spot. On the way back, I halted him to check out a crawfish in the water, but then noticed something else. The crawfish was hiding under what very well could have been a human bone.


Matt snapped a pic to show to some friends who hunted deer. The consensus was that it was not a deer and may be a human femur. Matt has the bone hidden at his fishing spot, and will be contacting local authorities the next time he is there.

After that little adventure, we packed it in. Even though we came up carpless, I learned a lot from Matt. Between the knowledge I picked up from him and Frank Heater, I'm really blown away by how much goes into carp fishing. Thanks to both of you guys for taking the time to take me out.

Also, there was a time when 3 channel catfish in a day's work on that river would have had me stoked. I guess I'm getting spoiled.

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