Looks like this afternoon we finally see some light winds, do I dare trust the weatherman. Going to finally get out and fish till dark. Hopefully I remember how to fish, as it seems like it has been forever since I have been out.
Nice report! Nice to see a weakie around. I believe I was fishing the beach in the general area of where you were at the same time this evening. Before the sun went down, I saw an osprey pick off a few fish just behind the surf - I wonder if it was sea herring. Also landed this guy on clam casting just behind the breaking waves. Beauty of an evening except for the bugs.Didn't fish this morning and was anxious to work a trip in soon. Tuesday morning they were calling for stronger winds and possible rain showers. All day working in the yard it was pretty windy, but looking at the forecast they were calling for the winds to start dying down around 5:00pm. Decided to try and evening trip and avoid the rain tomorrow morning. Left the dock at 5:30 pm. with non flyfishing buddy Tom to work the ocean on the incoming tide. When we left the dock the wind was still blowing good but it looked lighter than it did all day and coming off the land I knew the ocean would be pretty calm.
Before making my first cast I was stripping the sinking line off the reel precast and the fly line broke making it useless. Checking the line, it was were I damaged it two weeks ago when a bass took me across a metal structure. Luckily I had a back up rod with sinking line.
Water in the ocean was fairly clean compared to how it has been the last few times that I fished. The first two spots we fished we didn't get a hit, so we moved further down the beach. Here I got a nice 27 1/2 striper using a chartreuse/white clouser. Shortly later while making a slight move with the main engine my fly line was off the side of the boat and got caught in my main prop and wrecked my second sinking line. Just a stupid mental lapse on my part. Luckily I had three more rods onboard, but the all had intermediate line that doesn't sink as fast. Not what I prefer, but good enough to get by on.
Wind kept dying out and it was down to zero hen we moved to spot 4, Here I caught 3 sea herring and my first weakfish of the season. It was a super small one, but fun to get something different. Buddy Tom, who is a good fisherman, never got a hit the whole time. He was using different rubber swim baits and jig heads with rubber baits, but just couldn't buy a hit.
Feeling bad for Tom at 8:00 pm. we headed to the back bay to see if he could use a popping plug and scare a bass. Tried a couple of prime spots and got no hits. With zero wind the gnats were as bad as they could be and at 8:30 pm. we called it a night and headed in. I at least had some. For Tom it was a tough night. View attachment 506823 View attachment 506824 View attachment 506825
Left the Dock this morning at 6:00 am. with fishing buddy Larry to fish the last of the incoming tide in the ocean. It was a lot colder than it should be for this time of the year. Zipping out to the inlet it felt more like early April. Ocean water was nice and clean, about as nice as I have seen it. Northeast wind was blowing fairly good but very fishable. Fishing was fairly slow to start with a couple of small hits and misses. Larry broke the ice and caught the first fish. A nice eating size bluefish. We picked along with Larry catching a few nice size sea herring.
At second area that we fished I thought I snagged the bottom. Using sinking fly line and fishing deep you always snag some weed or structure. I started to shake the rod to get it loose but my line was going size ways I had a fish on and a decent one one, that was taking me into my backing. As I tried to control the fish the spool came off the side of my reel and was rolling around the deck so I knew I had to just fight it with the line I had out with no chance of fighting it on the reel. I knew it was a good fish and was thinking striper until we saw the fish. Turned out to be a huge weakfish. Larry did a great job netting and I was pretty excited. That fish just made my day. We took a few pictures and released the big female to reproduce more weakies.
We fished till around 10:00 am. catching 2 more much smaller weakfish, a couple more blues and some sea herring. It was a good morning for both of us and Larry took home some bluefish for dinner tonight.
Couldn't fix spool problem in the boat. Will have to check it out this afternoon.
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