|Terrible picture, but I was trying to get it back in the water fast.|
I walked along the shore front of the lower cape from about 9 until 1 AM, with multi-million dollar homes in the background. Total stealth mode, no light, staying close to the water.
I wish I had been there at high tide, and not low. But seeing it at low was essential for future fishing trips.
Around 10 I saw the big rock that looked like it'd be a great platform to cast into deeper water. I started to wade out, and it suddenly dropped from knee to chest deep, and then all of a sudden I was swimming. No problem. I got to the rock and hauled myself out. It was huge, bigger than a car, and provide a great platform to cast into the wind. I snapped on my 14" A&E custom Tackle sluggo-like plastic (Find them on Facebook) for the first time, and 2 casts in I hooked up with a very feisty mid-teen bass. I thought he was going to be my first 20#er of the year, but was happy to to have a tight line in a new location.
I casted for a while after without another touch. I tried out a bomber long shot as a search bait, with not a touch.
I swam back to shore, and then walked along casting a large variety of plugs for another hour. Eventually I came to a boulder field, and waded out to a large, flat one. I casted a few different things, before switching to an SP minnow (the Carly special, blurple). Two casts in, and I hooked up. I dropped the fish, but it felt like a small keeper. Next cast I landed a 27" schoolie, just under keeper size. Next cast, I landed a 24" schoolie, but as I was trying to get the hook out, the fish thrashed, and somehow the line snapped and he rolled into the water and I lost the SP. Shit. But I have a back up in oliver and silver, and next cast I caught a smaller 22" schoolie. I had one hit after that, but didn't land the fish. I stood in this spot for another 15 minutes without any more action.
I walked for another hour, but didn't get a hit. I was getting tired, and around 12:30 I just huffed it back to the car (little over a mile). Enough action to keep me interested, but I'm still waiting for the big girls to show up. Until next time...