|This was NOT the same location, I just felt like this post needed a picture|
I prepared by stuffing the surf bags with bottle plugs, needlefish, and bucktails. I threw in a couple metal lips and SP minnows as well, but figured they'd probably stay in the bag.
I was surprised, but pleased (if you're out tonight, you're someone I want to fish with) to find 2 other anglers at my location when I arrived. However, both were leaving, and all I got was a passing wave as we crossed paths in the dark. I soon had the whole place to myself.
I started out the night with a yellow over white SS bottle plug, and on probably my 10th cast I felt a bump and set the hook hard. The fish was decently far out and put up enough of a fight that I figured it was a small keeper. Nope, not even 26". About 5 more casts and I hooked another, of nearly identical size maybe slightly bigger. I was getting these fish at the end of my cast, so I decide to try a heavy needle fish for more distance. First cast with the yellow over white SS loaded 6" needle and I felt a slight hit and set the hook. Ha! This guy was clearly a dink. I basically cranked as fast as I could and got the 18" fish in quick.
I don't know why, but I decided to move. I guess those nights of 60+ fish made me think that this slow pick of fish wasn't enough. I regret the decision. I ended up walking really far, and wasting a lot of time.
I fished rocks and sand with the needle for 2 hours with nothing to show for it. After that, I made a decision to jump spots, and returned and passed my previous spot. Creeping along, I walked about a mile of shoreline, casting sporadically. I finally made it to one of my golden spots. I switched to a bottle plug for a few casts, nada. I switched to a 7" unloaded yellow-over white needle, and in a few casts, had a solid hit. I brought the borderline keeper to hand after a spirited fight.
I was FREEZING at this point, getting hammered by waves. I forgot my gloves and my fingers were 100% numb. I casted for maybe another 20 minutes, and faced with a location switch which involved a little bit of a hike, I decided to quit. It was a long and tiring walk back to the car.
So 4 small fish is pretty bad for 4-5 hours of fishing, but given the conditions, and my lack of experience with them in general, and at this location in particular, I wasn't too bummed.