Saturday, October 13, 2012
A Seussical kind of day.......
Sounds funny and it really is ironic in some ways but my day on the water in Mathews County this past Wednesday was literally.......One fish, two fish, redfish, bluefish! I landed three fish total over the course of 6 hours of fishing and hitting two different locations with my friend Darren. We agreed to launch around mid-morning, since the tides and currents were running a little later than we normally launched in the past.
As fate would have it, the stars did not align for us on this day. The day before, a front began moving in and resulted in a little bit of a cold snap overnight with temperatures creeping down into the upper 40's. As per usual, the winds were up as well blowing at a steady 10-15 knot clip out of the West, not the forecast of 5-10 as noted on various weather sites for the area.
I arrived a few minutes ahead of time, so I figured I would just ride the outgoing current out to the planned fishing area. Along the way out, there are plenty of fishy locations to target. My favorite target areas are the push water spots in front of extended grassy points in tidal creeks. This is the area immediately in front of the point that creates a lull in the current flow and allows any fleeing bait fish a place for refuge out of the swift current. It also is a primary ambush location for predators like redfish, stripers and speckled trout who lay and wait on the downstream current seams and eddy pools.
I figured maybe the fish had moved out of the inlet already since the prime window for the outgoing current had already passed, so I headed out and worked the channel edges along the shoals by trolling two different lures. Darren had made his way out to the inlet and anchored up in the same current seam I had just left. He finally got some action and landed a smallish 14" striper. For me, a whole bunch more of nothing. I did have a gull drift along with me for a bit and watch me with some measure of curiosity as I moved about.
I worked the shoreline along the way where I had previously landed some nice croaker and reds in my past trips to the area. I was rewarded with what would end up being the best fish of the day, a redfish that measured in at a shade over 15" that had a cool dot pattern. He hit a chartreuse mullet on a Marsh Works short shank jig head.
Oh well, I still worked my fishing plan for the day, caught some fish, spent some time with a friend on the water, found a new location to fish and returned home safely. Not too bad of a day, even if allI could think about on the way home was how I had landed........
One fish, two fish, redfish, bluefish!
Tight lines, and be safe!