Seemed like I had quite a bit working against me today. Looming thundershowers at dawn and pea soup fog. As I looked at the surf I could swat the mist with my hand. I waited, and waited...finally at 6:00am I was able to launch and could see at least 500 yards.
I made my way to grounds to a sluggish incoming water with very little action for an hour. A few fish but a sloooow pick.
Moved my way through the bridge and once again very slow. In the distance I spot a decent cloud of birds and work my way to them. Pick up two Cocktail Bluefish and one keeper sized bass. Not what I am looking for but if the day calls for it, I'll do it.
This quickly broke up with a second wave of fog, so I made my way back to the bridge. By 8am I was getting steady hits, but not the size I wanted...finally I wailed a 20.5" fish into my lap on a Spro with a Gulp curly tail teaser.
Happy with that I stick to my area picking away slowly, but steadily at shorts. A big fleet is in the area now, at least twenty boats are drifting here and there.
As I make one drift with about three boats on my left I stick a fish that is truly massive for my standards here on my kayak. I catch plenty of 5 and 6lb fish a season on the kayak, but this fish was no match. I quickly took a visual measure with my paddle, and it was at least 28" but closer to 30"
Caught on a 1oz spro with a green gulp mullet.
Picked away at shorts for another hour before heading over to Stella Maris to weigh it in. I have caught bigger on the North Shore, but a fish from these waters on my kayak is a very special one.
8.8lbs, 29.5" very skinny but I had one big smile.