I kinda new it going in to today. They say SW 15, and they really mean...."forget the sun screen, get out the wind burn cream!!
Had Brian, Mike and George aboard today. They were in j-ville and figured, "let's do some fishin'" while they were here. So we met at 7am. And even then the breeze was pretty good. But as we arrived at the jetties, it really wasn't that bad. But I didn't hold my breath, cause I knew it was coming.
George hooked the first drag smoker. Brian caught the first fish though. A Whiting. George's fish played hard to get and bolted down to the bottom and "POP" went the leader. I believe then George got real serious. Because every fish after that, he showed it who was the boss.
We had double headers..multiples!
Double headers and a lost second Double fish......plenty of "swing and a miss" hook-ups......and I had a hell of a time keeping us in one place. Whewww.....Between the gusting WSW winds and the falling tide pushing on the boat it was if we were doing a controlled drift while on the anchor. Having to toss the anchor out towards the channel, while the boat swung towards the rocks.
Many times we were drifting backwards, had a fish on, and another line stuck in the bottom, while I was powering up so we didn't drift into the jetty rocks. Talk about some multi-tasking!!!!
Mike asked if there was lots of stuff on the bottom out here. And I replied "the bottom is full of junk!!" Then two minutes later Brian hung the bottom, "but did he?" Nope, it was someone elses Red Garcia Ambassador reel and Quantum fishing rod. Brian hooked the ball of heavy mono at the rod tip. Not the most expensive "combo" around. But now Brian had a project rod and reel.
The double headers continued and all we were using was a dead shrimp/fiddler crab combo meal. And they were scarfing it up. Of course I would rather of had Black Drum, then Reds. And then Mike caught a good keeper for the box. And then a Sheepshead. While George laid the wood to another Redbass.
What did I say in my last report? That I don't get many keeper size Redbass, right? Well, not a one came close today. That's why I would rather be boxing some Drum. The guys wanted some fish to eat. And by now all we had was a few Whiting, one Sheeps and a Drum. That's not gonna feed this hungry crew over at Singletons. But it didn't take long, before another nice fat Sheeps came to the net. As we continued to catch Reds that all were over the slot. From 28" to 33" everyone was a hoss. And the guys were having a ball. "As the boat in a constant controlled drift backwards...."
If the boat would have stayed "PUT", I would have turned the camera on VIDEO mode because it was combat fishing for awhile. Bait up, hit the bottom and hang another drag burner. But it was all I could do to get some actual photos.
The wind started to get really bad, and the tide started to slow a bit. So after about 10 Reds, 2-sheeps, some Whiting, a Black Drum, and only a few black Seabass, and one Toadfish. We split for a less windy area, and tried our hand at catching some Specks.
But that was almost futile. After boxing only one, and tossing back only one. The creek was like I-95 with boat traffic....Because it was a weekend, of course. From Jet ski's to numerous flats boats. So after a healthy try, we packed it in and headed for the dock.
We had enough for a good fish fry. I reccomended Singletons Seafood, to cook up their catch, before the guys had to head up, all the way to Tennessee.
The forecast for Monday is as follows:
MONDAY - NORTHWEST WINDS 10 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 KNOTS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 FEET OR LESS. INLAND WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. SCATTERED SHOWERS. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON.
I'm heading out with 3 guys and a 6 year old. I think since it's a falling tide all day. We'll stick with the bottom fishing.