You need to take your time and learn the chanels. The markers are not in yet in so be careful. The fluke are up in the shallow water early out in the clam stakes. I will be out on Monday or Tuesday looking for my first flounder of the season. Good luck.
Lesson 1 - There are more places to run aground for an outboard rig within a stone's throw of the bay entrance from Rand's than in probably the entire Delaware Bay.
Solution - Head out just after low water with the tide RISING on a day when the sun is shining and it's not terribly windy. Head around slow...you'll see the sand bars. If you run aground at a low speed, the tide is rising and you'll get off.
Learn your way around first, then get into the catching. Doesn't matter if you fill the box first trip out if you can't get back to the dock.
i used to drop in at rands before staying in up the road. as adam said go at low slow. very good advise. head to the birds nest and hang a left going out of rands. will be out thee sun early if you want to give me a shout.
Take your time,learn the water, watch and talk to the "old heads" to learn as much as you can.
Scotts Bait and Tackle in Mystic helped me get through "the early years".Find some friends in the Marina and keep in touch on the VHF.Early
season the Great Bay is good.Later on you'll
have to hit the ocean to remain consistant.Soon the gnats will attack ,followed by the Greenheads.Bug spray a must or go outside if you can.
I'm at rand's. I am the first slip by the sod banks by the filet table, stop on by if you need any help.
A depth finder is a must because there are a series of sand bars straight out of rands. Be careful going towards the Fish factory from rands there is a extremely shallow bar after passing Mikes. I found out the hard way. Make a left after the bird stand out of Rands and after passing Mikes there is a "S" turn.
Check out Scott's bt they are a great source of info. I highly recommend Sea tow or boat us if you are not a member.
[ 05-08-2005, 10:26 AM: Message edited by: johnny d ]
I have first hand experiance watching Johnny D stuck in the mud.I have spent some time pushing off sand bars. I spent the first 2 season getting stuck but now have a lot of confidence in the area.I love fishing Great Bay due to it's diversity of fishing conditions. Channels, sod, bars, creeks and flsts. Like these guys said take your time, get sea tow and never follow someone assuming they know where they are going.