Had Jimmy S. and his two sons out today. Departed early and headed.......WEST.
OH, THE BAIT! It's everywhere. Mullet and Pogies abound. (but as usual, the perfect mullet isn't always easy to catch)
More on that later.
First thing was to FLOAT-RIG FISH, primarily. No B.S.'n around. Because float-rigs catch fish. Period.
So on spot one two nice fatties were banged, I had one suck-up my Larry Dahlberg River2Sea "wide glide", and a keeper Redbass made it's way to the fish box.
B-U-T, there should have been even more, in my book. But as the tide rose it was great to not have a single Ladyfish or Bluefish. The reason for the long morning run.
DOUBLE HEADER....Float-rig against the "wide glide".
Then, I ran over to my "mullet hole". Yes, mullet are everywhere. But I have a spot in shallow water I can just drift around and toss the net at them as they swim around the boat.
We got a livewell full of perfect baits, and I then went and anchored on the same "hump" that a few weeks ago Traveller Bob and I sat on and had 40 lb Redbass.
Only difference it was still rising tide current. And we caught the BIG RB's on the first of the falling tide. But what the heck, the guys were easy. We gave it a shot and only had a "dumpster lid" aka: StringRay hook up. We gave it awhile, but "bait-n and wait-n" can sure be BOOOOOOring when your not catching. So we picked up and moved on.
I tried a few old Float-rigging spots. But was unsure if we were on the exact tide or not. So we kept "poking" around. Picking a few here and there.
THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINTER AND NOW.....POKING AND PICKIN'. VERSUS HEADING TO THE JETTIES AND STAYING THERE ALL DAY WACKIN' & STACKIN THE FISH BOX.
It was a really nice calm day. And afforded us lots of poking around. On the last spot right away the guys caught a few more trout, and I tried it out on the float-rig and caught two shorties. They caught the keepers.
THE MASKED ANGLER......."is that Jimmy, or the illusive Trout bandito?"
Monday and Tuesday. Th winds Monday are supposed to be 15-20 knots. And if need be, I can move Tueday till later in the week. But the winds are supposed to be UP all week long.
We ain't all clear just yet. Seems like we get a week of winds and then it lays down for a long while, and then another week of winds, again.
We'll see what pans out.
Just moved Mondays trip to Tuesday and Tuesday to Wednesday.
Because of HIGH winds.
Thanks Jimmy, had a really fun day with you and the sons.