Had Greg and Stacy aboard today. Greg called me after a R&D day at the jetties with a few buddies, yesterday. And after 14 dozen live shrimp later, it was more than evident. Do Not Turn East out of the boat ramp today. The lil chomper Bluefish had invaded the inlet in a plague proportions. They weren't so bad last week. So I knew they were there. But when you know the Trout all over the inlet, and can't get a bait to them. It's time to let the little Blues come on through, as they "snowbird" their way south. Keep your baits in the faces of the fish you're in pursuit of. And it ain't 12" Blues!
We left out of the dock and headed west instead. First trying a creek. The wind was howling. Despite a forecast that didn't seem to include the words, "WIND BURN."
The shallow's didn't really produce but a few small Trout hook-ups, and Stacy's first box fish at 17 inches.
Looking for a wind break. We worked two spots real good. But it just wasn't panning out. So time to go brave the openness of the river. Both Stacy and Greg picked up the how-to's of the float rig, easily. Time to step this up a notch!
The next stop was what I'm always looking for. But not as easily found up in the river versus the jetties. And that's I.G. - Instantaneous Gratification!
Greg's first drift of his float over the spot produced a fat 18 inch Trout. And then, the next drift he hooked a perfect keeper Redbass at 24". Then Stacy found her, Trout and Red too.
They continued to set the hook on some nice Trout. The bite was fast and as the weak falling tide started to wain, so did the bites from Trout and Reds. And here came the Pinfish. Greg also caught a small Gag Grouper. A few Bluefish made it to the boat. So after that it was time to make a move.
The next spot was tough to fish in the gusting wind. But Greg found the "nest" of Yellowmouth Trout, while Stacy and I caught a few small throw-back Specks.
Then, a few boats went hauling butt by us heading back eastward. And I looked to the southwest and saw the dark clouds. Then, we felt the rain dropping. Stacy said, they needed to to go anyhow. But needed their fish cleaned for the trip back to Maryland. So we packed it in.
Back at the dock, I had a good amount of fish to fillet, skin and debone. And the clouds failed to follow us eastward. The wind never backed off. But we stayed dry as ran through the fish, and Greg bagged them.
Not a bad haul for a 20 kt. windy day with threats of rain. And while being on a time line, to boot. Ya' know I love my big granite rocks, especially this time of year. But I'm certainly not going to "feed the blues". I'll let them scatter before I feed them the whole livewel, again.
This weekend doesn't look all that bad. The EAST breeze, isn't in the favorites list. But if not stiff it's workable, depending on the tide.
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT
EAST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.
LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS BECOMING EAST 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. INLAND WATERS SMOOTH.