Made the right decision to fish tonight. With light winds and getting lighter and them calling for pretty good winds tomorrow morning I decided to fish tonight. Buddy Larry was able to make it on short notice, We left the dock at 5:30 pm and headed to the ocean to fish the start of the incoming tide. The breeze was nice and light, the water was clean. We headed down the beach, kidding about what we were targeting. Larry said he was fishing for redfish but would settle for weakfish. I said I was fishing for fluke, would settle for weakfish and please no cow nosed rays like last week.
Conditions were perfect for fishing. We started catching small weakfish using chartreuse/white clousers. All the weakfish were small 15 to 16 1/2 inches and we were pleased with the action. Then I hooked up and my line started going sideways down the side of the boat and towards the surf pulling out drag and getting me into my fly line backing really quick. I said to Larry, Oh Crap another big cow nosed ray like last week, (that we mistook striper.) Out about 150 feet away from the boat the fish swirled near the surface. We both assumed it was a large ray. I told Larry that I will probably just break it off like I did last week to save time, but I want to get it back to where the fly line was a little on the reel so the 20 lb mono leader would be the weakest point and break off at the fly.
In fighting the fish, when it was about 50 feet away, it came near the surface and we spotted a big striper tail. We could not believe it. Now it was full concentration not to lose a fish that I was ready to break off. When it came up close to the boat we could see it was a monster. Larry did a great job, netting just the head of the fish so we could get it into the boat. A great job with such a small net.
I was not going to loose that fish. My fly was so solidly hooked into the lower jaw that I had to use pliers to remove it. We got some pictures and took a few minutes reviving the fish. When fully re-energized I released it to make more stripers and to maybe caught by another lucky angler in the future.
That fish made my night, week and probably my whole season. We continued to catch more small weakfish and two super small bluefish before calling it a night at 8:30 pm.
A night I will remember for a long time.