Saturday, January 12, 2013
1/11 - Oh, those moons & huge tides!
In a matter of one week (as per all my video proof) the inlet aka: "jetties" have gone from bustin' gator Trout, to completely invaded with small toothless sharks. I believe, they are called "Dogfish". They eat everything and are carpeting the bottom!!
Left out this morning on a semi foggy morning with Mike & Matt. Worked the float-rigs hard, and came up with one Sheepshead and a few small Speckled Trout. But at the same time, most of our shrimp were eaten off the hooks by ravenous Ring-tailed Porgies. And the seas were seriously "Nautical", where we fished.
Mike and Matt, hung in there. But, for me it was just "S.O.P." for winter jetty fishing. The forecast was for high 70's, and it was a beautiful day, as you'll see as the early fog burned off. Though the swell continued. (BECAUSE OF THE TIDE)
Working with my new camera, the DRIFT HD GHOST action cam mounted on the boat, using the wide angle lens setting. I'm still getting used to it and playing around with it.
The current and lack of bites on the float-rig & live shrimp had me scrambling to find some kind of action. The guys were "spinning reel casters" when fishing themselves. So I said, "Bring a few of your own rods and reels." Even though they were well versed with my baitcasting float rig reels and did great with them.
So we went and did some "jig-n-shrimp" pitching, on the crowded north jetty. Where Matt, feeling not so well with some sea-sickness slammed a 29" Redbass, and we caught a nice pup Black Drum also.
The bites were few and far between from "real targeted species". But the small sharks were killing us. At one point we caught them on every single cast!
We ended up leaving and finishing the day and over 12 DOZEN live shrimp in the bait well, back float-rig fishing for more little sharks and a few Bluefish and a small Trout. With the Redbass (29") a Sheepshead, and the Drum in the fish box.
SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED OUT THERE AT THE JETTIES!
THE NEW MOON'S 5.5' TIDE WAS NOT ONLY A KILLER, BUT THE INVASION OF THE SHARKS MAKES ANY BLUEFISH SEEM ALMOST LIKE A WELCOMED SPECIES. (EVEN THOUGH I STILL HATE THE BLUEFISH).
UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGES. MY EFFORTS WILL BE CONCENTRATED ELSEWHERE! THE "JETTYWOLF" WON'T BE FISHING THE "JETTIES".
I'LL BE MAKING A BIG ZIP CODE CHANGE. MY MOTTO IS: "NO LONG BOAT RIDES" BUT THAT'LL HAVE TO CHANGE, AS I HEAD THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, AND HEAD UP RIVER FOR MY TARGETED SPECIES.
HMMM, "ANOTHER CHAPTER UNFOLDS", IN THE QUEST FOR GATOR TROUT IN BAZZARO WORLD.
AND HOW 'BOUT THIS JANUARY WEATHER???
PERSONALLY, I'LL TAKE COLD WINDY AND SPORTY ANY DAY. THE FISH SEEM TO BITE BETTER FOR ME. THAT'S WHY I LOVE N.E. FLORIDA WINTERS.
Posted by Capt. Dave Sipler